Fantastic Planet [1973] [Criterion] (BLU)

Rene Laloux

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Synopsis

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.

Product Details

  • Cast: Jennifer Drake, Eric Baugin, Sylvie Lenoir, Jean Topart, Jean Valmont
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Label: The Criterion Collection
  • Release Date: 06/21/2016
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Catalogue #: 820

Special Features

  • 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
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Michael Brooke
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