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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.

Director:

René Laloux

Writers:

Stefan Wul (novel), Roland Topor (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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

Genres:

Animation | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France | Czechoslovakia

Language:

French | Czech

Release Date:

1 December 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fantastic Planet See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Adapted from the sci-fi novel "Oms en série" by Pierre Pairault (under the pseudonym Stefan Wul). Although the film follows the book's basic premise more or less faithfully, there are significant differences. The movie places great emphasis on the Draags' meditation ceremonies, making them a vital part of the climax as the Oms threaten to disrupt them, which would doom the Draags to extinction. The book doesn't touch on this subject at all, and the climax involves an actual weaponized conflict between the two species. The film ends with the Oms moving to an artificial moon, while in the book, they settle on an uninhabited island. See more »

Goofs

When Terr escapes and is dragged back, his both hands are holding the teaching device, then his face is shown and both hands are on the collar and at that point the device should have slipped, since he wasn't holding it anymore. But in the next shot, his both hands are holding on to the device again. See more »

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Draag child 1: It doesn't move.
Draag child 2: What a shame we can't play with her any more.
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Alternate Versions

The German dub changes the dialogue for the Draag council's discussion about the Om extermination. In the original dialogue, Master Taj says that Oms have caused trouble in the region of Telez, and the regions Goham and Urtana have reported similar activities. In German, Taj says that de-Om-izing has failed in Goham, as well as in "Xylan" and "Ultrabanatus". These names do not come up in the original French version. See more »


Soundtracks

Générique (Reprise)
Written and Performed by Alain Goraguer Et Son Orchestre
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Where dreams of freedom assume giant proportions.
2 February 2012 | by RJBurke1942See all my reviews

I'm not much of a fan of fantasy. A friend, however, brought this film to my attention because he said he couldn't get the story out of his head, and made further comments that piqued my curiosity.

Well, it didn't kill me to see the film and I'm happy to say that it was worth my time – for a number of reasons. First, the mise-en-scene is quite imaginative with absolutely surreal environments that I think owe a lot to the imagery of Monty Python; nothing wrong in copying – everybody does it, anyway.

Second, it's a fairly simple story about the oppression and exploitation of the masses in a fantastic society somewhere in the cosmos. To that extent, it's an allegory for any situation that results in a clash between opposing cultures, different societies and so on. It's given a new slant here, though, by portraying humanity – called the Oms – as the oppressed who are exploited by blue giants, known as the Traag. The plot follows the exploits of one male Om who, after learning all about the Traag, escapes from them to rouse the other Oms to mount a rebellion.

Finally, however, the most intriguing aspect about this film is the clear connection between it and other sci-fi and fantasy films. For example, the discordant sounds in this film are, I think, a direct copy of those I heard in The Forbidden Planet (1957). As noted already, the whole scenario owes much to the Monty Python TV series. And for sure, I think, James Cameron copied the idea of a giant tree sanctuary from this film for inclusion in his epic Avatar (2009). Cameron, of course, reversed the oppressed-oppressor roles of humanity and the blue giants for his story.

Moreover, here's a way-out thought: being a French production and seeing as how the French just love Hollywood westerns, I was amused to see the 'outlaw' Oms run for cover to a tiny hole in a wall – a long, blank, gigantic solid wall – much like how the real Butch Cassidy and his outlaws retreated to what was known as The Hole-in-the-Wall Gang hideout in the late nineteenth century. Too much of a stretch for you? Then think about why the writers here also included a Hollow Bush Gang of Oms who acted as enemies of the rebellious Oms in the Tree of Life sanctuary who wanted to escape from the Traag.

Actually, I also think that The Hollow Bush Gang is a metaphor for the Gang with No Brains, as you will see – in contrast to the rebellious Oms who figured out how to escape from Traag domination. Knowledge, after all, is power and so forth...

And, for something even more off the wall: long ago, Edgar Rice Burroughs (famous for Tarzan and others) wrote sci-fi stories about Mars. In one of those stories, there were headless humanoids that could function only when a head slithered into position between the shoulders. So watch for a brazen copy of that idea in this film.

I guess kids today would find the graphics and imagery quite rudimentary when compared to the current technology of mind-blowing CGI action. Too bad – their loss.

If you ever come across it on TV or on DVD, you could do lot worse with a couple of your hours, I guess. As a piece of cinema history, it is worth seeing; and I'm glad I did.

Give it seven stars for the imagery and overall effort.

January 26, 2012


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