Nothing else has ever looked or felt like director René Laloux’s animated marvel Fantastic Planet, a politically minded and visually inventive work of science fiction. The film is set on a distant planet called Ygam, where enslaved humans (Oms) are the playthings of giant blue native inhabitants (Draags). After Terr, kept as a pet since infancy, escapes from his gigantic child captor, he is swept up by a band of radical fellow Oms who are resisting the Draags’ oppression and violence. With its eerie, coolly surreal cutout animation by Roland Topor; brilliant psychedelic jazz score by Alain Goraguer; and wondrous creatures and landscapes, this Cannes-awarded 1973 counterculture classic is a perennially compelling statement against conformity and violence.

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4.6 out of 5

16 Ratings

16 Ratings

88% TOMATOMETER

  • Average 7.2/10
  • Fresh 23
  • Rotten 3

Critics Consensus: Fantastic Planet is an animated epic that is by turns surreal and lovely, fantastic and graceful.

13+ COMMON SENSE

A jarring examination of racism and intolerance.

Information

Studio
The Criterion Collection
Released
Copyright
© 1973 Les Films Armorial – Argos Films

Languages

Primary
French (Stereo)
Additional
English (Subtitles, Stereo)

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