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Fantastic Planet(La Planète sauvage)

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France, Czechoslovakia · 1973
Rated PG · 1h 12m
Director René Laloux
Starring Jennifer Drake, Sylvie Lenoir, Jean Topart, Jean Valmont
Genre Animation, Science Fiction

On the planet Ygam, the large, blue-skinned Draags rule over the small, human-like Oms. After a long history of the Draags keeping Oms as uneducated pets, a young Om boy is educated by a female Draag. With this new knowledge, an Om rebellion becomes a possibility.

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Boston Globe by

Some will say weird is fun for its own sake, but we say weird does not equal cinematic satisfaction. [05 Mar 1999, p.C6]


Slant Magazine by Carson Lund

Fantastic Planet’s blend of straightforward, almost elementary storytelling (any missing context is filled in via a voiceover by Jean Valmont as the adult Terr) with heady themes and eroticized imagery marks the film as a relic of an era with much looser standards around the dichotomy of the children’s film and the adult drama.


Christian Science Monitor by David Sterritt

Set in an exotic world inhabited by humanoids of wildly different sizes, the fantasy reflects the interest of director Laloux and designer Roland Topor in surrealistic art. [24 Dec 1999, p.B6]


TV Guide Magazine by Maitland McDonagh

Eerie, surreal and a welcome respite from Disney-style animation, this French sci-fi allegory may not offer any mind-blowing insights (genocide is bad isn't exactly a new thought), but it's a trip.

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