René Laloux

Fantastic Planet

Fantastic Planet

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.

Film Info

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

Special 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

Purchase Options

Special 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

Fantastic Planet
Cast
Jennifer Drake
Eric Baugin
Sylvie Lenoir
Jean Topart
Jean Valmont
Credits
Director
René Laloux
From the novel Oms en série by
Stefan Wul
Adaptation, screenplay, and dialogue
Roland Topor
Adaptation, screenplay, and dialogue
René Laloux
Produced by
Simon Damiani
Produced by
André Valio-Cavaglione
Original drawings
Roland Topor
Character animation
Josef Kábrt
Scene animation
Josef Vánǎ
Music
Alain Goraguer

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