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57 out of 61 people found the following review useful:
The Ultimate House/Anime Music Video, 2 December 2003
Author: riot4kimber from Bel Air, Maryland
From the time that I saw the music videos for "One More Time",
"Aerodynamic", "Digital Love, and "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" I fell
in love with the story that unfolded in each video and I wanted to know
more. After Listening to the cd that the videos where from "Daft Punk's
Discovery" I could only imagine what the rest of the stories would
After buying the dvd and finally seeing the entire story unfold in each song, I was impressed by the talent and skills that Daft Punk and Leji Matsumoto brought to the project.
The movie's design is a nod to Leji's designs in Captain Harlock & Galaxy Express 999. It's a refreshing change to go retro in anime in see that a story can be told in a simplistic way without the current CG japanese animation.
I highly recommend that if you love anime, Techno, Daft Punk, or just a good movie see Interstella 5555
49 out of 52 people found the following review useful:
Celebrate and dance for free..., 13 October 2003
Author: niz from Melbourne, Australia
Okay so its just an extended music video, but so what? If you were intrigued by the One More Time video, or even just liked the sound of that track, you'll get something from INTERSTELLA 5555. The retro-nostalgic 70's and 80's japanimation style perfectly fits Daft Punk's "old-school electronica" music. The story is dialogue free but tells a remarkably dense tale, characters are well-defined, and there is some great comedy (Daft Punk's cameo at the awards ceremony).... but at the end of the day, its all about the music baby - before, I only really knew Daft Punk from their 2 major singles, now I want to rush out and buy the album!
62 out of 82 people found the following review useful:
Those guys are geniuses, 5 July 2005
Author: kurthectic from France
"One more time", I'm gonna try to spread my love for this movie.
This film is magical, the soundtrack is wonderful, you get the feeling you're lifted up in the air, it's like you're "aerodynamic".
The story might seem quite simple, basically it's a "digital love" story where the hero will have to be "harder, better, faster, stronger" in order to rescue the woman of her dream and her music band (the "Crescendolls") from an evil record producer.
The animation by Leiji Matsumoto is just so beautiful; for instance, the "nightvision" you get of the town on Earth (probably inspired by Tokyo) is breathtaking.
But, the real "superheroes" of this movie are the Daft Punk. These guys understood that a good music could lead to an "high life", they know how to move us, how to reveal "something about us". Let them take you on this space journey, whether it's on the "voyager" shuttle or not, you'll find it "veridis quo". It's a "short circuit" (only 68 min, the length of the "Discovery" album) but in the end, when you find "face to face" with yourself, you can only feel like you would want some more, like it could never have been "too long".
28 out of 30 people found the following review useful:
Longest Music Video?, 9 May 2005
Author: chadwholovedme from Bristol, Uk
Discovery by Daft Punk was proclaimed to be the greatest dance album
ever, at least in some circles. I really liked what i had heard
previously 'Da Funk' and 'All Around the World' were some of my
favourite songs of the 90s. At first listening to Discovery I'd not
really got into it except for the singles I didn't feel much about it.
Interstella 5555 came out well after Discovery, by then i was very taken with Anime and Daft Punk had sort of always been in the back of my head as a band I should try out again. Speaking personally the best thing about Interstella 5555 is that I now love Discovery and find myself remembering how great the film was.
Many reviews I'd read claim that the plot is 'paper-thin' and never really amounts too much, I found myself enjoying the action and the comedy and at the same time not being able to work out where it was going obviously the ending was always anticipated. Interstella was overseen by Daft Punk but it's not really their film, the film really belongs to Leiji Matsumoto, the design, story and direction all are in part by Matsumoto, although his role in the film is unclear. Matsumoto is probably best known for his animated TV series 'Star Blazers' and 'Galaxy Express 999'.
In terms of animation quality Interstella is very good, the characters move realistically the locations look great and range from fantastical and blatantly mundane. However, the first four segments were Daft Punk's commercially released music videos for the Discovery the quality is exceptional, but after that the film seems to jump into a lower standard with thicker outlines and repeating of footage from the first four segments, that's not to say it doesn't look good.
The Films best asset is that it isn't constricted by the music in that the viewer is not subjected to literal imagery from the lyrics displayed on the screen. Instead the films pacing runs like a normal movie occasionally sequencing it's pacing with the music and telling everything very visually. Why include exposition, when you can display it in pictures? As in a news report that occurs during the film.
Basically if you like Daft Punk, Anime or Simply want to try something a bit different Interstella is worth checking out.
27 out of 35 people found the following review useful:
Good, 6 December 2003
Author: Michael Clough from Melbourne Australia
Despite not really being a Daft Punk fan, i enjoyed this film. Looking at
this as a film & not just an extended film clip, i thought it took a
while to move into full swing, the middle sections were very good, while
end tended to drag on a tad. I know it was based on a Daft Punk album,
the end would have been better if it was a couple of minutes
Well worth checking out if you are a fan of Daft Punk and/or a fan of anime, especially 1970's & 1980's style anime. 7/10
19 out of 21 people found the following review useful:
Interstella Superstar, 24 October 2005
Author: FilmFlaneur from London
In its way a remarkable film, and a genuine one-off, which deserves to be better known amongst animation lovers. Co-director Leiji Matsumoto, who during his long career in anime has been associated in one capacity or another with such cheesy epics as Space Battleship Yamato, the Harlock Saga, Star Blazers & etc, worked with Daft Punk (a French two-man band specialising in electronic rock) on this unique feature. Deliberately recreating the extreme glam stylisation of the 1970's/early 80's Japanese animation style, albeit done with more fluidity and detail which modern day budgets and software allow, Matsumoto has married image and sound to hypnotic effect in a movie which in effect is both unique and unforgettable. A "digital love story" of a kidnapped technoband - who incidentally travel together in a Scooby-Do like 'Mystery Machine' as events unfold - and an evil music impresario (echoes of the obscure Toomorrow here (1970) - anyone seen that?). Despite some snipes at pop exploitation, there are no great depths here story-wise, although there are dark elements, such as the painful burial of a deceased major character. But the characterisation is not important, as it was not what the creators were after, leaving the graphic designs and timings to unfold. What makes the film so great is the peculiar manga-music hybrid that results, as the stylised visual design and editing rhythms join with a contemporary soundtrack (the entire film is wordless outside of lyrics)in a way which is both culturally nostalgic as well as being strikingly modern in effect. The plastic surface which results entirely transcends the original pulp manga inspiration. In short it's a film which sounds naff but, somehow, works. As an achievement the result is miles ahead of the director's previous, briskly produced juvenelia and ought to be required viewing.
19 out of 21 people found the following review useful:
70's revival meets 2001., 24 September 2003
Author: Loff24 from Portugal
It is curious that "Discovery", the hit record by Thomas Bangalter and Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo (AKA Daft Punk) was launched in the year 2001. Perhaps it was some kind of hommage to that coincidence and the legendary picture named after that year, but it inspired a whole movie. And the result is this one. Some years later, it comes out, and what to say? At first, I remember I didn't like the singles, I remember thinking that "One More Time" was too commercial and bubble-gum. And I thought also that this kind of japanese animation wasn't something that wondered me at all. But there is something magical about this movie, which starts to glory with that same tune, the one I thought I didn't like. The animators really had a field day here, working hard to revive every feel of that 70's style, adding a fantastic feeling to the listening of the music, and making the viewing experience sheer pleasure. The movie never loses breath as long as the music stays up to it, and we are greeted with bone-chilling renditions of "Aerodynamic", "Digital Love" et al. Beautiful sounds, that find their true meaning when married to these pictures and when they come out of theatre speakers. The concept may have looked like risky, since the animation looks so old fashioned, but the revival goes all the way to the music, and the result is a fascinating journey in time. Fantastic achievement, that will change the way we look at "Discovery" forever.
19 out of 22 people found the following review useful:
Freakin Tremendous Stuff, 2 July 2004
Author: dirtychild from Australia
This is freakin' tremendous stuff. I love Daft Punk - and I loved their Discovery album. This is basically an animated manga film to the Discovery album - and if you think this sounds crazy - well it doesn't as everything makes sense! If you are a Daft Punk fan - then you probably saw the first three or four video clips for the singles on TV (One More Time, Aerodynamic, Digital Love and Harder Better Faster Stronger) - and it tells a short story of a rock and roll band from outer space get kidnapped by some evil looking guys and get taken to Earth. But all hope isn't lost - as a funky guy in a Gutair rocket ship attempts a rescue mission. There isn't any dialogue - it is all cartoon with a Daft Punk soundtrack! The story tends to fit the mood of the music (of course!) and this really does have an intriguing story of mystery and music. All of the characters and artwork is very stylish in a 1970's-1980's Japanese cartoon sort of way (reminds me of Voltron!). So if you are a Daft Punk fan, a anime / manga fan - or just a fan of things different or cool - then get a copy of this today!
21 out of 27 people found the following review useful:
Daft Punk on Tour in Anime, 23 January 2005
Author: hakapes from Budapest, Hungary
I hardly ever listen to Daft Punk's kind of music and hardly ever watch an Anime, but this one really got me. The animation and the music is a winning combo together here and I enjoyed every minute of it, even for the second and third run. In fact, I even looked for a recent album of Daft Punk and 'discovered' those moments when I like to listen to it, and even in the gym or at the Friday night parties the tunes come up making me smile. I don't thing to go that far to purchase a complete set of the plastic dolls (Shep, Stella, Arpegius, Octave, Baryl from the movie). But don't be mislead, Daft Punk is a French band of only two guys making electronic music. They started back in 1997 with 'Homework', then released 'Discovery' in 2001 - this movie builds mostly on the music of this album -, and 'Human After All' is dated to March 2005. Interstella 5555 is among the few titles in my collection that I like to watch over and over and each time I got the same addicted to it, 10/10! ' don't stop, come a little closer '
15 out of 16 people found the following review useful:
This is a true masterpiece!, 5 November 2005
Author: vixendark from United States
I am a big Daft Punk fan. Actually, a huge one. I play the Discovery
album on a loop, all day, quite regularly. So when my friend first
informed me about this movie, I was ecstatic. I immediately borrowed
it, and the magic began.
It tells a fairly simple and predictable story. But when you watch it, you won't care. The music and art are expressive and captivating. They alone carry the film, as there is no dialog anywhere to be found. You will never miss the dialog, I can promise you. Instead, you will be dancing, then on the edge of your seat. You'll laugh, you may cry. But you will be left stunned.
A tip: watch the 'extras'. Many amusing scenes are merely random bystanders doing silly things.
Though on the surface, this is nothing but a long music video, in truth, it is an epic musical journey.
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