Nothing else has ever looked or felt like René Laloux’s animated marvel Fantastic Planet, a politically minded and visually inventive work of science fiction. The film is set on a distant planet called Ygam, where enslaved humans (Oms) are the playthings of giant blue native inhabitants (Draags).
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Made at the same time when BELLADONNA OF SADNESS came out, Roland Topor worked on the illustrations for this sci-fi story after writing THE TENANT few years earlier. Really groovy soundtrack as well some of the animation is bit obsolete but still good.
You can smell the pot smoke from 1973. Brilliant and unsettling to look at, and though it's not entirely my cup of tea, I couldn't help but regret that sci-fi's old link to counterculture and psychedelia is so thoroughly severed today. Today's imaginary universes come with Wikis, as fans pour over canonicity and internal logic. This one—an allegory soaked in the late 60s—hits with the full force of hallucination.
Unique and innovative animation style, and a very 70s score (including some wonderfully unironic bow-chicka-wow-wow for the implicit sex scenes). All the feel of a moralistic allegory, though one well thought through enough to at least dead-end the most trite interpretations. But open-ended enough that it smacks of platitude anyway, and seems just a bit like a cop-out. Still worth watching, if just for the weird.
To reduce FANTASTIC PLANET to easy description—"mind boggling" or "head trip" or "psychedelic sci-fi"—would be missing the point. What we have here is an astonishing display of imagination by writer/designer Topor and director Laloux. The story is simple; but so is the history of our world. We're at the top of the food chain: consuming, inventing, fucking, ad nauseam. This film wryly offers no alternative narrative.
A classic of European animation and science fiction cinema. Rene Laloux's 'La Planete Sauvage' stands as a landmark of seventies animation with a strong music score by Alain Goraguer. Script by Roland Topor and the director from a novel by Stefan Wui tells a strong tale of class struggle and survival. Top notch.
A mix of far out animation and bizarre allegory. While the film has obvious "midnight movie" appeal, the beautiful artwork and funky sound design are hypnotizing regardless of time or pre-watch recreational indulgences.
The art style reminds me a lot of Dr. Seuss. But this is too much like an extended acid trip. Don't get me wrong, it is lush and beautiful and imaginative, but it's just too much. And it turns into some sort of weird allegory for the Holocaust and/or Cold War that is just sort of tacked on. It's more than just a product of the times, but it's also just too overwhelming.
A unique animated work that effectively creatures a believable alien world. The simplistic plot may be heavy on allegory, and the ending is pretty abrupt - but the images are so original and intriguing, the bizarre atmosphere is enough to make it a very special work of art.