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René Laloux’s mesmerising psychedelic sci-fi animated feature. René Laloux’s mesmerising psychedelic sci-fi animated feature.
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René Laloux’s mesmerising psychedelic sci-fi animated feature won the Grand Prix at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival and is a landmark of European animation. Based on Stefan Wul’s novel Oms en série [Oms by the dozen], Laloux’s breathtaking vision was released in France as La Planète sauvage [The Savage Planet]; in the USA as Fantastic Planet; and immediately drew comparisons to Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels and Planet of the Apes (both the 1968 film and Boule’s 1963 novel).

Today, the film can be seen to prefigure much of the work of Hayao Miyazaki at Studio Ghibli (Princess MononokeSpirited Away) due to its palpable political and social concerns, cultivated imagination, and memorable animation techniques. Fantastic Planet tells the story of “Oms”, human-like creatures, kept as domesticated pets by an alien race of blue giants called “Draags”. The story takes place on the Draags’ planet Ygam, where we follow our narrator, an Om called Terr, from infancy to adulthood. He manages to escape enslavement from a Draag learning device used to educate the savage Oms — and begins to organise an Om revolt. The imagination invested in the surreal creatures, music and sound design, and eerie landscapes, is immense and unforgettable. Widely regarded as an allegorical statement on the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia, Fantastic Planet was five years in the making at Prague’s Jiri Trnka Studios.

The direction of René Laloux, the incredible art of Roland Topor, and Alain Goraguer’s brilliantly complementary score (much sampled by the hip-hop community) all combine to make Fantastic Planet a mind-searing experience. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to release Fantastic Planet on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK for the first time.

Special Features

  • Laloux sauvage – a 27 minute documenatry about Laloux
  • René Laloux’s five short films:
    • Les Dents du singe (1960)
    • Le Temps Morts (1964)
    • Les Escargots (1965)
    • Comment Wang-Fo Fut Sauvé (1987)
    • La Prisonnière (1988)
  • The complete soundtrack for La Planéte sauvage
  • The alternate USA dub track for La Planéte sauvage
  • 56-page full-colour booklet, featuring rare production sketches, an interview with Laloux, and a new essay by Craig Keller.

René Laloux’s mesmerising psychedelic sci-fi animated feature won the Grand Prix at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival and is a landmark of European animation. Based on Stefan Wul’s novel Oms en série [Oms by the dozen], Laloux’s breathtaking vision was released in France as La Planète sauvage [The Savage Planet]; in the USA as Fantastic Planet; and immediately drew comparisons to Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels and Planet of the Apes (both the 1968 film and Boule’s 1963 novel).

Today, the film can be seen to prefigure much of the work of Hayao Miyazaki at Studio Ghibli (Princess MononokeSpirited Away) due to its palpable political and social concerns, cultivated imagination, and memorable animation techniques. Fantastic Planet tells the story of “Oms”, human-like creatures, kept as domesticated pets by an alien race of blue giants called “Draags”. The story takes place on the Draags’ planet Ygam, where we follow our narrator, an Om called Terr, from infancy to adulthood. He manages to escape enslavement from a Draag learning device used to educate the savage Oms — and begins to organise an Om revolt. The imagination invested in the surreal creatures, music and sound design, and eerie landscapes, is immense and unforgettable. Widely regarded as an allegorical statement on the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia, Fantastic Planet was five years in the making at Prague’s Jiri Trnka Studios.

The direction of René Laloux, the incredible art of Roland Topor, and Alain Goraguer’s brilliantly complementary score (much sampled by the hip-hop community) all combine to make Fantastic Planet a mind-searing experience. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to release Fantastic Planet on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK for the first time.

Special Features

  • Laloux sauvage – a 27 minute documenatry about Laloux
  • René Laloux’s five short films:
    • Les Dents du singe (1960)
    • Le Temps Morts (1964)
    • Les Escargots (1965)
    • Comment Wang-Fo Fut Sauvé (1987)
    • La Prisonnière (1988)
  • The complete soundtrack for La Planéte sauvage
  • The alternate USA dub track for La Planéte sauvage
  • 56-page full-colour booklet, featuring rare production sketches, an interview with Laloux, and a new essay by Craig Keller.

Additional Info

Additional Info

SKU 5060000700565
Catalogue Number EKA70056
Subtitle a film by Rene Laloux
Product contents 2 discs
Year 1973
Format DVD, Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) Eureka Masters of Cinema
Countries France / Czech Republic
Aspect ratio 1.66:1 original
Colour Colour
Subtitles Optional English
Language(s) French | Alternate US soundtrack
Running time 72 mins
DVD region 2
Blu-ray region B
Certificate PG

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