Fantastic Planet

Fantastic Planet

Directed by René Laloux • 1973 • France

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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Fantastic Planet
  • Fantastic Planet

    Directed by René Laloux • 1973 • France

    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 pla...

Extras

  • FANTASTIC PLANET English-Dubbed Soundtrack

  • Laloux sauvage

    This 2009 documentary by Florence Dauman of Argos Films features an extensive interview with FANTASTIC PLANET director René Laloux.

  • Italiques: Roland Topor

    Roger Boussinot directed this episode of the French television show “Italiques,” which features an overview of the art and career of FANTASTIC PLANET illustrator Roland Topor. It aired on August 8, 1974.

  • Roland Topor on FANTASTIC PLANET

    This excerpt from the August 25, 1973, episode of the French television show “Pop deux,” directed by Marianne Lamour, features an interview with FANTASTIC PLANET illustrator Roland Topor.

  • Les temps morts

    Directed by René Laloux • 1965 • France

    FANTASTIC PLANET was not the first collaboration between writer-director René Laloux and illustrator Roland Topor. Presented here is a short film they made together in the mid-1960s: LES TEMPS MORTS.

  • Les escargots

    Directed by René Laloux • 1966 • France

    FANTASTIC PLANET was not the first collaboration between writer-director René Laloux and illustrator Roland Topor. Presented here is a short film they made together in the mid-1960s: LES ESCARGOTS.