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Fantastic Planet

René Laloux

 
Fantastic Planet (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • France, Czechoslovakia
  • 1973
  • 72 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • French
  •  
  • Spine #820

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.

Credits

DirectorRené Laloux
From the novel Oms en série byStefan Wul
Adaptation, screenplay, and dialogueRoland Topor and René Laloux
Produced bySimon Damiani and André Valio-Cavaglione
Original drawingsRoland Topor
Character animationJosef Kábrt
Scene animationJosef Vánǎ
MusicAlain Goraguer

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Alternate English-language soundtrack
  • Les temps morts (1965) and Les escargots (1966), two early short films by director René Laloux and illustrator Roland Topor
  • Laloux sauvage, a 2009 documentary on Laloux
  • Episode of the French television program Italiques from 1974 about Topor’s work
  • Interview with Topor from 1973
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Michael Brooke

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

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Fantastic Planet: Gambous Amalga

By Michael Brooke June 21, 2016

Animated in Czechoslovakia amid a Soviet invasion, the French film Fantastic Planet, the third collaboration between René Laloux and Roland Topor, timelessly renders its surreal sci-fi story of . . . Read more »

Big Screen

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Repertory Pick: A Trippy Animated Gem in Austin

July 13, 2017

The newly opened Austin Film Society Cinema presents screenings of the Cannes award–winning animated film Fantastic Planet, a hallucinatory visual marvel designed by French artist Roland Topor. Read more »


Interviews

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Out of This World: Dash Shaw on Fantastic Planet

April 17, 2017

Artist and writer Dash Shaw chats with us about first discovering René Laloux’s 1973 sci-fi masterpiece and its lasting influence on his own illustration style. Read more »


Clippings

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Did You See This?

March 24, 2017

In anticipation of the Twin Peaks revival set to debut on Showtime in May, GQ spends time with the infamously elusive David Lynch and compiles some awestruck testimonials from his frequent . . . Read more »


Clippings

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Roland Topor: The Unrecognizable Genius Behind Fantastic Planet

June 28, 2016

In the years since its release in 1973, René Laloux’s film Fantastic Planet has become a countercultural classic; it also continues to dazzle as a singular work of science fiction. This surreal . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Current_28636id_007_thumbnail

Fantastic Planet: Gambous Amalga

By Michael Brooke June 21, 2016

Animated in Czechoslovakia amid a Soviet invasion, the French film Fantastic Planet, the third collaboration between René Laloux and Roland Topor, timelessly renders its surreal sci-fi story of . . . Read more »

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