Fantastic planet

Fantastic planet

DVD - 2007 | French
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On a distant planet, tiny humanoid creatures called Oms live in fear of the Draags. Draags are blue-skinned, red-eyed creatures standing over 40 feet tall. When a Draag child casually kills a human mother with a flick of her finger, she makes amends by adopting the dead woman's child as a pet. However, the new pet quickly figures out the secret of Draag brainpower and escapes to share his knowledge with a band of humans. Together, the humans make plans to bring down the reign of the Draags.
Publisher: [United States] : Accent Cinema ; Chicago, Ill. : Distributed by Facets Video, [2007]
Edition: The 35th anniversary
ISBN: 9781565806849
1565806840
Branch Call Number: DVD F Fan French
Alternative Title: Planète sauvage

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VonHafenstaaad
Jun 02, 2017

There is a strange, dreamlike placidity that hangs – like a silent, terrifying fog – over René Laloux’s 1973 animated sci-fi classic Fantastic Planet. It’s an eerie film, gently overflowing with imagination and full-blown, psychedelic, midnight movie imagery. The images, based on drawings by illustrator Roland Topor and animated by the Czech production studio Jiří Trnka, look like a deliberately impossible midpoint between the whimsy Dr. Seuss and the Hell of Hieronymus Bosch. This is a movie so striking, so strange, that it will certainly shake any modern casual science fiction fan out of their aesthetic complacency. Fantastic Planet should serve to remind us that sci-fi, as a genre, can – and perhaps should more often – be used to explore the boundless depths of aesthetic possibility.

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Janice21383
Aug 06, 2016

Fine family entertainment, if you are a family of European intellectuals, or mutants. There may be a slight bias to that statement, as this is the film that scarred young Janice21383 for life.

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TheSandoz
Aug 05, 2016

An all time classic animated film- more in the mold of a European art film than a Disney romp fest. Worth watching.

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Nursebob
Aug 05, 2016

Winner of a special jury award at Cannes, René Laloux’s hippy trippy animated adaptation of Stefan Wul’s novel—itself a thinly disguised critique on the plight of the Czech people under Soviet occupation—certainly captures the essence of early 70s psychedelia. Like Salvador Dali reimagining "Yellow Submarine" the fantastical sets of nightmarish flora and impossible fauna form the perfect backdrop for some of the film’s more esoteric elements: the Drogs (quite literally) fly high on meditative trances or are prodded into “chimerical visions” by motile tree roots while the Oms flit like pixies underfoot, often taking part in quasi-religious ceremonies involving animal sacrifices and glowing brownies. And thanks to the ubiquitous mystical magical mumbo-jumbo the underlying political message, though loud and clear, is rendered more parable and less polemic. Like, far out man!

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stankita
Oct 30, 2015

I like this book ... stankita

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Derringer
Mar 23, 2015

In my opinion, this animated, Sci-Fi, Fantasy tale from 1973 was clearly "less-than-fantastic" on all counts. From its cut-out, paper-doll animation; to its ugly and nonsensical story of survival and revenge; to its "far-from-likable" characters - Fantastic Planet certainly could've been a helluva lot better than it inevitably was.

Even though the decidedly diminutive humans (aka. Oms) were the ones being portrayed as the oppressed underdogs in the story, I, for one, found it pretty difficult to root for their victory when they finally stood their ground in an all-out revolt against the red-eyed, blue-skinned giants known as Draags.

Yes. Fantastic Planet did, indeed, contain some very bizarre and trippy looking imagery at times, but, in the long run, this certainly wasn't near enough to save its story from deteriorating into a monotonous bore long before its 70-minute running time was up.

Apparently this French production won itself a jury prize (whatever that was) at Cannes.

Anyways - Even though I would honestly be quite reluctant to recommend Fantastic Planet to others, I would say that it was at least worth one viewing.

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Jasta
Aug 17, 2014

Watched this while high, and listening to the best of the Doors album...film on silent. MIND BLOWING!!!

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levinmmm
Apr 30, 2014

Copy from OPL April 2014 wouldn't play in my DVD player.

VahiniG Mar 26, 2012

i love this animated film. I have got this out of the library so many times, I have been thinking I better just buy a copy for myself. As an artist and a creative thinker, this film is like a religious document to me. Every time I watch it, I understand it with new dynamics.

kmbe Sep 28, 2011

I loved this film when I was a child. It's in good company with Alice in Wonderland, though visual. Thought provoking and fantastic, to be sure.

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