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3.6
660 Ratings

The Snails

Les escargots

Directed by René Laloux
France, 1965
Animation, Fantasy, Short

Synopsis

A gardener tries his best to make his salad plants grow. It is only when he cries that his tears finally water the field and the salads grow huge. The incredible size attracts a multitude of snails that quickly become giant too, causing disasters and panic in the nearby city.

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The Snails Directed by René Laloux

What are people saying?

  • EdieEmm's rating of the film The Snails

    A world overseen by a giant woman, on which #maletears make the plants grow... (Why? What did you see?) Actually an excellent lesson in minimalist cinema, conveying a surprising amount with not much more than well designed sound and a precise and measured storyboard. Got a little wacky for my tastes, but nicely done.

  • Michael Zyx MH Claes's rating of the film The Snails

    Dessins de Roland TOPOR, collaborateur de Hara-Kiri dont il partage l'humour décapant, fondateur du mouvement Panique avec Fernando Arrabal & Alejandro Jodorowsky, réalisateur du film culte SADE. Artiste de génie, disparu à 59 ans. ====== Drawings by TOPOR, cartoonist at Hara-Kiri, founder of the Panic Movement with Jodorowsky & Fernando Arrabal, director of the cult movie SADE. artist of genius, disappeared at 59.

  • Tibulle85's rating of the film The Snails

    Mubi, on veut toujours plus d'animation!!! ;-) Un court-métrage tout à fait réjouissant de Topor et Laloux. Ils y expérimentent et y parfont cette technique d'animation en papier découpé si particulière, dont l'aboutissement sera, quelque temps plus tard, le fabuleux "La planète sauvage". Le rythme est très bien géré et il y a une (bonne) idée esthétique toutes les 10 secondes. Ce serait dommage de passer à côté!

  • Marco Bevilacqua's rating of the film The Snails

    I like the simplicity of the story, easy to be understood, perfect for a short film. He has the ability to draw with little detail yet with a strong sense of perception and communication. His surrealistic and metaphysical approach is perfect to narrate our contemporary society.

  • Ludovic72's rating of the film The Snails

    Ce conte surréaliste, drôle et noir de Laloux et Topor, fait partie des classiques de l'animation française, malgré sa technique rudimentaire, qui rappelle les sketchs du "Monty Python's Flying Circus". L'invasion des escargots géants sur fond de musique jazzy entraînante a un côté bizarrement euphorisant... tout comme le final ! La nature arriverait-elle toujours à se venger de l'Homme ?

  • BUSTER TIERNEY's rating of the film The Snails

    Le duo Topor-Laloux offre une personnalité esthétique et thématique toujours réjouissante et surprenante. J'aime ce premier plan qui suggère ces mondes en abime. Vive le surréalisme ! Après les escargots et les lapins, les bambous pousseront et les pandas viendront éradiquer le monde !

  • Théo's rating of the film The Snails

    Du bizarre, de l'humour, mais surtout de la poésie. Avec trois fois rien, Laloux nous emporte sur sa petite planète à la découverte de son univers doucement surréaliste, et on aime ça !

  • Aube James's rating of the film The Snails

    Beautifully crafted and animated. It sends an important Ecological message that's buried in thick figures of speech. I do miss the slice or jab of wonderful rhetoric. If only it's more poignant and unforgettable such as Mark Osborne's "More", or Jan Švankmajer's "Darkness Light Darkness".