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Fantastic Planet - Masters of Cinema series [DVD]

Rene Laloux    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Rene Laloux
  • Producers: Simon Damiani
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Eureka
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Aug 2006
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FOT6YM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,830 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

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 Mononoke, Spirited Away) due to its palpable political and social concerns, cultivated imagination, and memorable animation techniques.

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Fantastic Planet tells the story of "Oms", human-like creatures, kept as domesticated pets by an alien race of blue giants called "Traags". The story takes place on the Traags' planet Ygam, where we follow our narrator, an Om called Terr, from infancy to adulthood. He manages to escapes enslavement from a Traag 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.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hypnotic 26 Jun 2008
By MarkusG
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This 70s animated film has a very special feel and sound. I saw it as a child on TV, and still remember it decades later. Now Masters of Cinema has released the film on DVD with a good transfer, it was interesting to watch it again! If You like animated film and SF, this is well worth buying. But it deviates a lot from animations and anime made today, this is more 70s style and feels more experimental and less mass-produced...or something. My criticism of the film itself is that the ending seems a little rushed ans simplistic. Highly recommended!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
Fantastic Planet is an interesting biography of a man who becomes a pet to a Draag child. The Draags are an alien race who are physical giants compared to we humans, or "Om" as they call us. The man finds himself the amusing possession of the giant blue being after his mother is killed when Draag children 'play' with her like a human child might treat insects, they have no regard to her own life or dignity. Both she and her baby are seen as simple animals.

This isn't just the story of one man though and the film is also a clever way to explore an alien way of life as we get explanations of their behaviour from the viewpoint of a captive human. It's clear that the Draag are aware that we Oms have capabilities beyond that of feral animals. They refer to our native ancient planet as once productive and with organised society. The film touches on many themes, but the most prevalent seems to be the power of education. The Draag consider themselves a higher life form as they have great intellect compared to the tiny Om creatures who are considered to be vermin and subjected to pest control. The balance of power starts to tilt though when the Om who narrates the story gains knowledge himself and starts to share it, he kickstarts a social evolution.

Animation is a great way to portray alien worlds and this French animated film creates a landscape which often appears like a Terry Gilliam animation from Monty Python - but it certainly looks alien. The world is littered with strange animal and plant life with a standardised colour palette ensuring that everything feels natural and part of the same eco-system. Those more familiar with modern day CGI may find the animation a bit crude, segments are reused and repeated and the hand drawn images don't have fluid movement.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
Specifications -

Case - Slim U.S style plastic blu-ray case.

Disc - 25GB, MPEG-4 AVC encoded, Region B locked.

Video - 1.66:1 Aspect Ratio in a 16:9 frame (small black bars appear at the sides of the picture), Colour, 1080p/24fps.

Audio - Original French DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 and dubbed English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0.

Subtitles - Optional English.

Supplements -
Booklet
Soundtrack (selectable from the Blu-ray menu, not an additional CD)
Laloux Suavage (25 minute documentary about the films director Rene Laloux)
Short films (all in French with optional English subs):
Les dents du singe (1960) - Monkey's Teeth
Les temps morts (1964) - Dead Times
Les escargots (1965) - The Snails
Comment Wang-Fo fut sauve (1987) - How Wang-Fo Was Saved
La prisonniere (1988) - The Captive

Censorship? - No censorship or cuts made to the film on this disc. BBFC - PG certificate (animated violence and nudity)

'La Planete Suavage' is a highly imaginative, and beautiful film. Its basically a science-fiction retelling of David and Goliath, and the story is simplistic and easy to follow. I enjoyed this film as its very bizarre and unconventional. The picture quality is not going to blow you away as this is not Disney Pixar animation remember and its 37 years old. It looks good though, with a small slightly noticable amount of grain present, and the colours are strong (essential for animation on Blu-ray!). I rented the dvd release a while back, and can honestly say the Blu-ray is a big improvement. The audio is excellent, with the 70's style music (with wah-wah guitars) sounding very effective and the dialogue is very clear.
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Animated genius! 1 Sep 2006
Format:DVD
Fantastic Planet is a creature very much of its time ie 1973. It is an animated film for adults which, like its contemporary 2001: A Space Oddysey, is a 'trip' as much as a movie. It was surely created with the help of hallucinogens and many would argue that it is best viewed under such circumstances, as it undoubtedly would have been by much of the original audience.

The movie also speaks to a radicalised generation. Despite its quite literally 'fantastic' setting it is very much about revolution. Don't forget that Paris had been in flames in 1968 during the student uprising and Hippy culture still prevailed per se.

The designs for the movie are amazing and the dubbing surprisingly good for a change if that is how you wish to view it. Whilst the animation itself may seem tiresomely primitive to those brought up on CGI, for me it is a reminder of a more intelligent age - Miyazake excepted -when the animated movie could also have soul.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Fantastic Planet is an interesting biography of a man who becomes a pet to a Draag child. The Draags are an alien race who are physical giants compared to we humans, or "Om" as they call us. The man finds himself the amusing possession of the giant blue being after his mother is killed when Draag children 'play' with her like a human child might treat insects, they have no regard to her own life or dignity. Both she and her baby are seen as simple animals.

This isn't just the story of one man though and the film is also a clever way to explore an alien way of life as we get explanations of their behaviour from the viewpoint of a captive human. It's clear that the Draag are aware that we Oms have capabilities beyond that of feral animals. They refer to our native ancient planet as once productive and with organised society. The film touches on many themes, but the most prevalent seems to be the power of education. The Draag consider themselves a higher life form as they have great intellect compared to the tiny Om creatures who are considered to be vermin and subjected to pest control. The balance of power starts to tilt though when the Om who narrates the story gains knowledge himself and starts to share it, he kickstarts a social evolution.

Animation is a great way to portray alien worlds and this French animated film creates a landscape which often appears like a Terry Gilliam animation from Monty Python - but it certainly looks alien. The world is littered with strange animal and plant life with a standardised colour palette ensuring that everything feels natural and part of the same eco-system. Those more familiar with modern day CGI may find the animation a bit crude, segments are reused and repeated and the hand drawn images don't have fluid movement.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Surreal; not sure if I prefer the subtitled French version or the English dubbed version.
Published 1 month ago by Davros-UK
5.0 out of 5 stars He loves world cinema and was very pleased to get it
This was a gift for a friend. He loves world cinema and was very pleased to get it.
Published 1 month ago by Robyn Cain
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a look
Has dated in the years since I first saw this as a kid. An interesting allegory but not the film I'd bet on convincing a sceptic.
Published 6 months ago by Scribe Zero
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best animations ever.
Prophetic in some ways, wonderfully crafted it will provide both entertainment and food for thought for the animated film lovers.
Published 9 months ago by N. I. KARYTIANOS
5.0 out of 5 stars With more extras than hoped for
I had this on VHS so this Blu-ray/DVD with all of its extras was a real surprise. This is such an excellent film that I sent another DVD version over to a friend and let someone... Read more
Published 12 months ago by potato
5.0 out of 5 stars Timelessly Bonkers
Yes, the Gulliver's Travels plot is feeble and predictable. Yes the 70's trippy music is... trippy. But some of the scenes... This purchase comes with a warning. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ian A. Powell
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film!
This is an amazing film, and a great edition that I got.. The only problem I had was the fact it wasnt in colour, not sure if it is original like that? Read more
Published 17 months ago by T. Latham
5.0 out of 5 stars My new favourite sci fi film
Love it, love it, love it. My new favourite sci fi film of all time.great plot, entertaining,great music, imaginative and it has a brilliant DVD release too. Read more
Published 19 months ago by andrew roe
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, only a little short
This film is an impressive reminder of how captivating and beautifully natural sketch animations are. I was impressed from start to finish. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Ben C
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal and unique
This is one of my favorite movies. It has haunted me since the first time I saw it, and I was a high school student, so this really isn't necessarily only for kids. Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2012 by Alfred Viola
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