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Fantastic Planet (1973)

La planète sauvage (original title)
On a faraway planet where blue giants rule, oppressed humanoids rebel against their machine-like leaders.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jennifer Drake ...
Tiwa (voice)
Eric Baugin ...
Young Terr (voice)
Jean Topart ...
Master Sinh (voice)
Jean Valmont ...
Adult Terr - Narrator (voice)
Sylvie Lenoir ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Michèle Chahan ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Yves Barsacq ...
Om (voice)
Hubert de Lapparent ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Gérard Hernandez ...
Master Taj (voice)
Claude Joseph ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Philippe Ogouz ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Jacques Ruisseau ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Max Amyl ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Denis Boileau ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Madeleine Clervanne ...
Additional Voices (voice) (as Madeleine Clervannes)
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Storyline

Slaves and masters dominate the narrative of the faraway world of Ygam. Set around the lifespan of Terr, a minute human shaped Om slave, and pet, of the giant blue alien Draags. Escaping into the wilderness and with a device used for intellectual advancement of the Draags, Terr finds refuge and support from fellow Oms and using the learning tool, he finds that knowledge is power and then sets to use the new found knowledge to revolt against the Draag masters... Written by muddy

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A Sublime Trip to a Fine New World.

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Animation | Sci-Fi

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1 December 1973 (USA)  »

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

According to Czech animator Gene Deitch, an important distinguishing trait of Czech animation is that it treats its "characters" as symbols rather than well-rounded characters. This is expressed in the film's simplistic animation, as well as the fact that most of its characters aren't developed beyond the confined roles they play in the film's narrative and message. For instance, Tiwa, one of the most important characters, disappears from the film after the first act, as she didn't serve a purpose beyond that. See more »

Goofs

The color of Tiwa's fingernails often changes from blue to teal. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: After a while, I lost my intimacy with Tiwa. As she grew up, she gave up her playthings.
Narrator: Deprived of lessons, I decided to run away.
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Connections

Referenced in The Animatrix (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Conseil Des Draags
Written and Performed by 'Alain Goraguer' Et Son Orchestre
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Near-masterpiece and one of the most memorable animated films ever made
3 May 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

"Fantastic Planet" was apparently double-billed frequently with "Yellow Submarine" back in the 70s, and its not hard to see why. Both are the finest heap trips animation could offer. Both are subversive fun coming under the guise of a children's film but really intended towards the older counterculture and intellectuals. However, both films have many unique qualities. "Fantastic Planet" is one of the most mind-blowing animated films I've seen in my life and pretty close to being a masterpiece.

The film looks beautiful and surreal at the same time. Like the films of Jodorowsky, it never comes across as being too pretentious because it manages to make you go along with its otherworldly inner logic. The plot is linear and easy to follow, but the world is so completely alien its bound to alienate some viewers. However, those who ask for more from cinema than just entertainment will love this. No wonder its a huge cult favorite over in France (with a none too shabby following in the states, many of whom saw it on USA's "Night Flight" TV series). The animation itself is rather primitive, but the imagination on display makes it work incredibly well. Every single image in this film is memorable. "Fantastic Planet" is a film that can't be done justice by a simple explanation. Its such a rich film it demands multiple viewings. (9/10)


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