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Gandahar (1988)

An evil force from a 1000 years in the future begins to destroy an idyllic paradise, where the citizens are in perfect harmony with nature.

Director:

René Laloux

Writers:

René Laloux (adaptation), Jean-Pierre Andrevon (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre-Marie Escourrou Pierre-Marie Escourrou ... Sylvain (voice)
Catherine Chevallier Catherine Chevallier ... Airelle (voice)
Georges Wilson ... Métamorphe (voice)
Anny Duperey ... Ambisextra (voice)
Jean-Pierre Ducos Jean-Pierre Ducos ... Blaminhor (voice)
Christine Paris Christine Paris ... Porte-parole (voice)
Zaïra Benbadis Zaïra Benbadis ... Voix Enregistrées (voice)
Claude Degliame Claude Degliame ... Voix Enregistrées (voice)
Olivier Cruveiller Olivier Cruveiller ... Homme-métal (voice)
Jean-Pierre Jorris Jean-Pierre Jorris ... Transformés (voice)
Dominique Maurin Dominique Maurin ... Transformés (voice) (as Dominique Maurin-Collignon)
Jean-Jacques Scheffer Jean-Jacques Scheffer ... Transformés (voice)
Jean Saudray ... Transformés (voice)
Frédéric Witta Frédéric Witta ... Transformés (voice)
Philippe Noël Philippe Noël ... Transformés (voice)
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Storyline

Gandahar is a utopian world of rare beauty and tranquility, the result of extensive mutation and genetic experimentation. But the perfect peace is shattered when a mysterious evil force invades this idyllic serenity, turning people into stone with petrifying rays. The Council of Women hold court and decide to send Sylvain, son of Queen Ambisextra, on a mission to destroy the enemy. Together with the beautiful and adventurous Arielle, the enemy that Sylvain eventually discovers very far from his home is the ultimate failure of Gandaharian scientific experimentation. It is a giant brain known as the Metamorphis, which has created an indestructible army of metal men to destroy Gandahar. Sylvain must battle the Metamorphis, but not until 1000 years in the future. Written by Morpheus

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

2 March 1988 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Light Years See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$370,698
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Runtime:

| (VHS release) (USA)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The English version was directed by Harvey Weinstein and produced by Bob Weinstein. See more »

Quotes

Homme-métal: Men of metal: Our mission is a success, our losses do not matter. Those metal men who were destroyed have served a worthy cause, we need not mourne them. Death has meaning only for contemptible beings; beings in love with the individual self. The "I" does not exist.
Men of Metal: I do not exist.
Homme-métal: The true "I" is we. It is we. It is we!
Men of Metal: The true "I" is we. It is we. It is we.
Homme-métal: And we are he. He, the great beginning. Master of our energy and soon master of the world. We are destroying the decadent Gandahar, ...
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They Never Made Them Like This....
14 July 2008 | by Joseph SylversSee all my reviews

French animator Rene Laloux of "Fantastic Planet" renown, attempted to make another surreal sci-fi adventure with the 80's "Ghandar" or as Isac Asimov and Harvey Wienstien decided to call it for those of us in the states "Light Years", which since no... space travel takes place, and since the movie is about a fictional country called "Gandahar" is probably a bad title. "Light Years" I guess sounds more sci-fi-ish, and if this film was to succeed in the states(it didn't) it was gonna need every bit of conventionality it could muster.

The story is a complex one involving the standard sci-fi tropes of eugenics, time travel, death, and utopia, and though it's certainly more involved than most animated sci-fi (a good deal of the time were watching the characters talk), it's really the visualization of the world and it's inhabitants which makes this movie worth seeing.

Like "Fantastic Planet" before it, Laloux's environments are some of the most alien that have ever been imagined. The landscape is often undulating Daliesuqe deserts, which strange trees which resemble simultaneously bodily organs and geysers, a young girl offering her breast to a new born who looks like a tapir, born out of a grown embryonic plant, a city of underground mutants who resemble Blemmyes, ancient African monsters with heads beneath their shoulders, an army hollow soldiers who turn people into statues, video camera like birds who can lift entire buildings in swarms, and of course a colossal mile wide sentient brain in the middle of the ocean.

Laloux uses sci-fi story structures to create, very evocative images that do not look like anyone else's, ever, something few filmmakers in any medium or genre, can claim with straight face.

That being said the English voice acting is just decent, not great but decent, it keeps the story moving, but doesn't draw you into any of the characters. "Light Years" like "Fantastic Planet" or the animated films of Svankmajer are more concerned with form than content, but not oblivious of the latter.

So if you like heady sci-fi, visually stunning design, and unique animation, this is not to be passed up. If not it's probably not bad to see once anyway, just for the visual treat of it all, and the more I mull over the story, not the plot, I'm more impressed with how well and vividly it told me a story I've heard a hundred times before.


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