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Fantastic Planet

La planète sauvage

Directed by René Laloux
France, Czechoslovakia, 1973
Animation, Sci-Fi


The “Oms” are enslaved human-like creatures who live on planet Ygam: they are the playthings of giant blue native inhabitants called “Draags”. After being kept as a pet since infancy, our narrator Terr escapes from his gigantic child captor and begins to organise a revolt along with fellow Oms.

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Fantastic Planet Directed by René Laloux
A scene that immediately comes to mind when I think of this movie is when the characters go into a trance, and images of what they’re picturing appear on their heads. It’s super dreamy and kind of like a slideshow. The director made sure that the transitions from one drawing to the next were beautiful, that he could hover in that in-between space and it would be interesting.
April 17, 2017
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Its peculiar universe is instantly recognizable from virtually any freeze-frame, and the film as a whole is so rich, strange, and sui generis that nothing has emerged since to retrospectively blunt its impact. It’s a completely thought-through science-fiction vision, ranking alongside Metropolis, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, Dune, Akira, and The Fifth Element, most of which were made many years later, and all of them on far greater budgets.
June 21, 2016
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The beauty and bewitching power of the film’s animation has often underscored the political power of the film, for better and for worse. Drawing from disparate influences from psychedelia and surrealism, an alluring and cold universe is forged. Scale evokes a sense of awe, as scenes and shots are framed through shifts from micro to macro.
June 02, 2016
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