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Time Masters (1982)

Les maîtres du temps (original title)
Piel, a 7 or 8 year old boy, is alone on the desert planet Perdide, only survivor of an attack by giant hornets. Calling for help, Piel's father's friend Jaffar keeps contact with the kid ... See full summary »


René Laloux


Stefan Wul (novel), René Laloux (scenario and adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Valmont Jean Valmont ... Jaffar (voice)
Michel Elias Michel Elias ... Silbad (voice)
Frédéric Legros Frédéric Legros ... Piel (voice)
Yves-Marie Maurin Yves-Marie Maurin ... Matton (voice) (as Yves-Marie)
Monique Thierry Monique Thierry ... Belle (voice)
Sady Rebbot Sady Rebbot ... Claude (voice)
Patrick Baujin Patrick Baujin ... Jad (voice)
Pierre Tourneur Pierre Tourneur ... Yula (voice)
Alain Cuny ... Xul (voice)
Yves Brainville Yves Brainville ... Général (voice)
Michel Barbey ... Igor (voice)
Jim Bauman Jim Bauman ... Lowry (voice)
Michel Paulin Michel Paulin ... Pixa (voice)
François Chaumette François Chaumette ... Robot (voice)
Henry Djanik Henry Djanik ... Un soldat (voice)


Piel, a 7 or 8 year old boy, is alone on the desert planet Perdide, only survivor of an attack by giant hornets. Calling for help, Piel's father's friend Jaffar keeps contact with the kid and hurries across space toward Perdide. Written by Loic Henry-Greard <lhenrygr@cma.inria.fr>

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The visual style and animation garnered mixed reception. Contemporary Hungarian movie reviewers harshly criticized the French creators' storytelling and Moebius' character designs, arguing that they don't meet the standards of science fiction movies. Members of the general public on the other hand often commented that the art direction was good, but the animation by Hungary's Pannónia Film Stúdió was uneven and poor, and that the studio was probably used because they were cheap. Editor and sound editor Dominique Boischot claimed the film could only have been created at Pannónia, because their animators were very experienced at facial expressions and body language. However, the comments of Marcell Jankovics, one of Pannónia's in-house directors, discredit this notion, as he claims many of the studio's in-betweener animators were in reality really bad at facial animation. See more »


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A forgotten treasure
2 June 1999 | by Trick-5See all my reviews

"Les maîtres du temps" is as good as french animation movies are rare. Designed by Moebius (Fifth Element...), inspired from a novel of Stephan Wul (french science fiction writer) "L'orphelin de Perdide", it remains one of the most powerful animation movie I have ever seen.

Evidently, It is pretty old and the animation cannot be compared to today's movies, but the rest is very impressive. Characters are mature and have interesting personnalities, the design of ETs and plants is original and the scenario is full of surprises. This movie is different from all others and it is a real victory to be better than the book it has been taken of.

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Release Date:

20 July 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gospodari vremena See more »

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