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  • Directors: Rene Laloux
  • Format: Anamorphic, Dubbed, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Eureka
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Aug. 2010
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003S4BGDA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,199 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Animated 1970s science fiction classic based on a novel by Stefan Wul. There is a sharp class division on the planet Ygam. The ruling race, the Draags, subjugate the smaller, humanoid species, the Oms, and use them as slaves and pets. Terr (voice of Eric Baugin), a young Om, is orphaned when his mother is killed accidentally by a group of careless Draag children. One such child, Tiwa (Jennifer Drake), takes pity on the helpless Terr and adopts him as her pet. However, as he grows older Terr becomes discontented with life as Tiwa's plaything and runs away. Finding refuge with a number of 'savage' Oms in the wilderness, he attempts to spark a revolt that will eliminate the Draags' monopoly on power.

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By MarkusG on 26 Jun. 2008
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 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Feb. 2011
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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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Clint Stallone on 8 Aug. 2010
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Theo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 31 Dec. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
There are levels on which this is an amazing piece of work. There are also ways in which it's clumsy, even trite. If I told you in advance that it's a French psychedelic science fiction animated art film from 1973, I think you could make some pretty accurate guesses as to what you'd be in for without having to see or hear a single minute. I know another reviewer before me described this work as "far far ahead of its time". I think we're going to have to agree to disagree, because I see it as very much of its time. Which is of course both a strength and a weakness.

Provided you can live with the fact that by contemporary standards, on a technical level the animation is rather basic, this is an amazing thing just to look at and listen to. Like I said, it's a French psychedelic science fiction animated art film from 1973. As our American friends would say, you do the math.

Beyond the delights of sound and vision, one thing I think this film does do very well is depict the casual, thoughtless brutality of both life in general, and children in particular. If you've ever watched a group of children casually torturing insects as a way of whiling away the afternoon, then you've already seen much of what this film has to say.

One of the most interesting and - to me - impressive things about this work is the profound lack of comment or histrionics surrounding such violence. Acts of horrendous brutality are observed with the same dispassion as a ladybug crawling up a blade of grass, giving the film an almost zen quality. "This is", it seems to say, "simply what life is".

But... such strengths aside, the film is also not without its weaknesses.
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