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Fantastic Planet (1973)

René Laloux  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: René Laloux
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: French, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Accent Cinema / Inspired Studios
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2007
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TZN7KQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,960 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fantastic Planet" on IMDb

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Don't expect cartoon cutesy here: The focus is closer to Dali than Disney, with a touch of Che Guevara thrown in. --Wired

Laloux's film is a provocative foray into the psychology of state-sponsored is difficult to watch any scene without being aware of its symbolic and metaphorical potential. --Senses of Cinema

A theremin-toned time capsule...Although the visuals are worth the ticket alone, Fantastic Planet also crackles with emotional and political resonance. --Village Voice

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René 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 série [Oms by the Dozen], Laloux's breathtaking vision was released in France as La Planète 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.

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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Childhood Influence. January 8, 2005
You know those bits of memory from your childhood that pop into your head from time to time and you wish you could relive them?

Bits of this movie were permanently etched into mind since childhood, waiting to be triggered. I vividly recall the opening sequence, the children's first meditation and the giant headless mannequins. I can't even remember where or when I first saw it but I recognized the images instantly.

This film resonates with me on a subconscious level. It's entirely my style. It is the very definition of what I consider to be good entertainment, and may have even predetermined my interest in sci-fi.

Remember those old UNICEF animated shorts? This style of animation always caused an emotional response with me and I didn't know why until I saw this film again so many years later.

I don't recall the frontal nudity the first time I saw it, so I guess it was no big deal.

This movie is like being "the one" no one can tell if you will like it, you either like it or you don't.

Its difficult to free a mind after a certain age.
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89 of 96 people found the following review helpful
This is the best transfer I've seen to DVD for this amazing film, but there surely is room for improvement. I'm not going to go into details about how awesome this film is, if you are reading this you most likely already know all about it.

What I do want to address is the bit rate of this DVD. It dips really low and some players do not like lower bit rate DVDs. This is why a few reviewers couldn't get it to play on their systems. In my home theater my main DVD player can balk at low bit rate media. It typically only likes DVD-R for home burned movies as DVD+R gives a lower bit rate. This issue typically only rears its head with consumer burned discs as 99% of studios use top end media with good bit rates. That ISN'T the case with Accent Cinema and Facets Video and this movie.

My Onkyo player plays the movie, but during motion scenes you can literally see the picture break up into major digital macro-blocks, a true sign that the player is getting a low bitrate read. Again, some players just shut down and refuse to play movies with such a bad data rate signal.

To remedy this you can make a 100% uncompressed back-up copy if you have the right software and put it on media like a DVD-R that will give a better bit rate to your player. Use media you know is compatible with your player. Also, most PC DVD drives are more forgiving and you can easily watch this on them using something like VLC player (or your DVD software of choice).

I gave the DVD 3 stars. It would have been 4 if the media wasn't so lame, but this company should know better. I get the feeling they tested it on PCs, ran a bunch of copies off and never took the time to check the bit rate to see if it dips too low for the common stand alone players out there. It is a shame because I had high hopes for this version with its decent extras and wide screen aspect. Why is it so hard to give this movie the transfer and treatment it deserves?
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
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Once there was a sophisticated race of humans who despite their intelligence...destroyed their homeworld of Terra.
Landing on an alien world of Ygam these humanoids called Oms find themselves in a harsh cruel enviroment. They become the lower order suppressed by the planet's inhabbitants...the Traags.
The Traags are blueskinned giants who rule over all creatures. Where the Oms become savage and wild...the Traags are cerebral and aloof and preoccupied with meditation.
The Traags domesticate some of the Oms for pets while exterminate wild "nests" of Oms in order to control their population...
This brings you now to the begining of this tale of one domesticated Om named Ter who steels knowledge from the Traags and delivers it to the savage Oms. Although Ter is an Om...he is at first isolated in a race he has never known. But, it is he who helps to bring about change in this strange world. And the mystery of Ygam's only moom Fantastic Planet holds the key to the Traag's ruin.
Along with a superb soundtrack of jazz fusion rock mixed with sound fx, this annimated classic is art frame by frame. It is an allegory of the Russian invasion of Czecholslovakia directed beautifully by Rene Laloux.
Watch Fantastic Planet...and you will discover the reasons.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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I am very relieved to say that this new DVD edition allows you to TURN OFF the English subtitles, something that you could not do in the previous DVD. This is one of the very few foreign films I prefer to watch with the dubbed English track (probably because I grew up seeing that way on cable in the 80s). The previous DVD forced you to watch the English subtitles, even with the English language track. The titles and the dubbing did not match, so it was distracting to the point that I could not stand to watch the movie.

The transfer is in anamorphic widescreen (not full screen as in the Amazon description) and looks good, though the print used was not cleaned of nicks and dirt. The sound is monophonic, but clean and about what you would expect for the early 70s. My only complaint is that I had some trouble with the programming on my disc. I had trouble accessing the menu at some times.

I have not yet watched the special features but they include an interview with Rene Laloux, a trailer, a short film (Les Escargots), a music video and a photo gallery. I would like to have seen something more comprehensive, but I am just glad to have a watchable version of the film.

As for the film itself, there is nothing else quite like it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Show your kids what animated science fiction really is.
I've missed viewing this movie. FIrst saw it when it came out in the mid-70s. I've seen it since, I don't know where. Read more
Published 12 hours ago by Stephen Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
groovy pshycadelic french cartoon with a deeper meaning
Published 16 days ago by Ali Anna
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorites.
Published 23 days ago by kate elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 month ago by omar
5.0 out of 5 stars An Other-Planet Imagination-Loaded Gem For All Ages
I love this film for at least three reasons. First, it is based on one of the most imaginative other-planet stories ever written. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ben J Korgen
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly alien concept....
I saw this movie years ago in a special and I had totally forgotten about it until I saw bits of it elsewhere. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Betty L. Wilkins
3.0 out of 5 stars The picture quality is not very good though.
I purchased this version because it was the most available within reasonable price. The picture quality is not very good though.
Published 1 month ago by Thom
3.0 out of 5 stars A metaphorical acid trip!
As other have said, it's not the best VHS->DVD transfer but it's still quite watchable. I first saw this film in '74 and it has stuck with me ever since. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very strange and beautiful.....
If you are a fan of great animation/science fiction from around the world, this is a must see.....Very strange and beautiful. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jake A.
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