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Les maîtres du temps (1982)

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 »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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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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Release Date:

24 March 1982 (France) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Lacks the visual imagination of Laloux's other films
1 February 2014 | by cheroldSee all my reviews

Looking through the reviews of this movie I see rave after rave, and the descriptions they have of this, as "mature" and "intelligent," had me wondering if I was watching the same film they'd seen. My best guess is that most of these reviewers first saw this movie as children, because I just find it hard to imagine adults could be so impressed if they didn't have fond early memories of it.

This appears to be Laloux's attempt to make something closer to a kid's movie. It features a child, and it lacks the nudity of his other two features. The episodic story follows some space travelers as they work their way through a series of adventures in an attempt to rescue a young boy.

Laloux's character design was always weak - his humanoids generally look like those of a cheap Saturday Morning cartoon from the 1970s, but he was good at creating stunning alien landscapes full of strange creatures. This movie has some pretty landscapes, but little of the strangeness of his other films (outside of the winged people featured in the film's poster).

There are some interesting ideas here and there, such as the weird telepathic creatures who experience unpleasant thoughts as bad smells, but overall this is disappointingly mediocre.

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