The plot is often rushed, and it has a tendency (as a number of science-fiction films do) to devote too much time to pointless, unusual sequences. But, when its focused, its quite the thought-provoking story and hypnotic experience. While the animation shows its economies, the beauty and power it creates within those limits is extraordinary. Honestly, it fell just short of four stars for me.
The animation style is fresh and the world depicted is lush with strange things that keep each moment full of eye candy. The film does not shy away from difficult philosophical questions, having characters delve into both sides. The writing is thoughtful for sure. The film loses me in some of the nonchalance of cruelty of the "Oms". It made some scenes eerie, I ought to credit it as well, but it went too far for me.
Fantastic Planet is psychedelic and very surrealistic animated film. Thoroughly haunting and trippy, this film was a great treat as a science fiction and fantasy fan. The political undertones were also very much appreciated. It felt appropriate to watch this film in today's political climate. I also loved the music in the movie, it provided great ambience. In terms of the animation, it was very rudimentary.
Giant aliens called Draags keep humans (who are called “Oms”) as pets in Laloux’s animated sci-fi film Fantastic Planet. Captivity is torturous to the beloved pet Oms; but Draags underestimate the Oms’ intelligence and ignore the Oms’ suffering. Extermination of feral Oms closely resembles the inhumane ways that humans exterminate “vermin”. The audience is left to examine humanity’s relationship with animals.
Fantastic Planet is a timeless French science fiction animation that is filled with pleasing psychedelic imagery and relevant social-political undertones for all ages to enjoy. Throughout the film, themes of inequality, education, and revolution are put into perspective using an analogical scenario of an alien world struggling with similar issues as humans on earth.
Fantastic planet is a strange yet engaging film that captures the viewers attention from the first few moments, and continues to intrigue and captivate as the film takes the viewer further and further down the proverbial rabbit hole. The story is sad yet charming, and the animation is wonderfully so captivatingly strange that it would make even the most jaded surrealist painter raise an eye brow at certain points.