Fantastic Planet

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Rene Laloux's mesmerising psychedelic sci-fi animated feature won the Special Jury Prize at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival and is a landmark of European animation. Based on Stefan Wul's novel Oms en serie (Oms by the Dozen), Laloux's breathtaking vision was released in France as La Planete sauvage (The Savage Planet); in the USA as Fantastic Planet; and immediately drew comparisons to Swift's Gulliver's Travels and Planet of the Apes (both the 1968 film and Boule's 1963 novel). Today, the film can be seen to prefigure much of the work of Hayao Miyazaki at Studio Ghibli (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away) due to its palpable political and social concerns, cultivated imagination, and memorable animation techniques. Fantastic Planet tells the story of "Oms", a human-like species, kept as domesticated pets by an alien race of blue giants called "Draags". The story takes place on the Draags' planet Ygam, where we follow our narrator, an Om called Terr, from infancy to adulthood. He manages to escape enslavement from a Draag learning device used to educate the savage Oms - and begins to organise an Om revolt. The imagination invested in the surreal creatures, music and sound design, and eerie landscapes, is immense and unforgettable. This release includes the early Laloux short The Snails.

Specifications

Studio Facets Multimedia
SKU 205115687
UPC 736899110925
UPC 14 00736899110925
Format DVD
Keywords
Animated Characters
Animated Worlds
Animation
Fantasy
Recommended
Science-Fiction
Surreal
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note FANTASTIC PLANET is Rene Laloux's bizarre, enthralling adaptation of Stefan Wul's allegorical science-fiction novel. The eye-popping underground sensation was also a critical success, winning awards at several prestigious film festivals (most notably, the Grand Prix in 1973 at Cannes). Set on the planet Ygam, the film depicts a world in which Draags--a gigantic race of blue alien beings--run the show. Their pets are human beings--or, as they are known in Laloux's world, Oms--who are mistreated by their devious owners. Fed up with the abuse, one Om organizes his brethren and stages a mutiny that will forever change life on Ygam.^Laloux's film blends 1960s ideologies with 1970s technology to create a work that profoundly impacted animators all over the world. In creating a troubled universe dominated by the soulless, conformist Draags, FANTASTIC PLANET rejects that notion and embraces the concept of individuality. A troubled political climate forced Laloux and fellow collaborator Roland Torpor (screenwriter of Roman Polanski's 1976 thriller THE TENANT) to relocate to Paris from Prague in order to finish the film. Fortunately, they were able to do so, leaving audiences with this startling animated achievement.
Reviews
Los Angeles Times "...Disquieting, eerie and vastly imaginative..." 10/09/1998 p.C18
Sight and Sound "With an animation style based around cut-out elements and camera dissolves, Laloux and his team create a woozily hallucinatory feel..." 10/01/2006 p.88
Directors
Rene La Loux
Cast & Crew
Alain Goraguer - Original Music By
Boris Baromykin - Cinematographer
Helene Arnal - Editor
Jean Topart - Voice Of
Jean Valmont - Voice Of
Jennifer Drake - Voice Of
Lubomir Rejthar - Cinematographer
Rene Laloux - Screenplay
Rene Laloux - Director
Roger Corman, et. al. - Producer
Roland Topor - Screenplay
Stefan Wul - Based On Novel By
Sylvie Lenoir - Voice Of
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1973
Catalog ID 94805
UPC 00736899110925
Number of Discs 1
Color Color
Original Language French
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks English Dubbed, French
Awards
Winner (1973) Cannes Film Festival, Rene Laloux, Special Award
Nominee (1973) Cannes Film Festival, Rene Laloux, Golden Palm Award
Reviews
ReviewSource The Onion A.V. Club
Review Animation became big business again in the late '80s, and ever since, it's become less and less likely that there'll be another full-length animated feature quite as weird as Rene Laloux's underground 1973 French classic La Planete Sauvage (Fantastic Planet). Drawn with sharp details in warm pastel colors, the movie is just the kind of hippie allegory--and trippy visual experience--that the '60s often produced. Fantastic Planet, adapted from a novel by Stefan Wul, was inspired by the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Russians in the late '60s...Available for the first time in years and now presented in widescreen, Laloux's film, which won the 1973 Cannes Grand Prix Prize, is a welcome respite from slick Disney product and countless shoddy imitators. Started in Prague but completed, due to political pressure, in Paris, Fantastic Planet uses an accessible medium to show the evils of propaganda and express the need for individuality. Laloux's vision of a Dali-meets-Krazy Kat alien landscape populated by twisted creatures is quite striking, even if the film's psychedelic elements haven't exactly aged well.
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Reviewer Joshua Klein
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
DVD Outsider ...a film to see and to hear and to treasure...[a] unique film experience...
Senses of Cinema ...a provocative foray into the psychology of state-sponsored terror...difficult to watch any scene without being aware of its symbolic and metaphorical potential...
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