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Those rotten hornets!,
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This review is from: Les Maîtres du temps [Masters of Cinema]  [DVD] (DVD)This film freaked me out when I was a little boy. I saw it on BBC2, and when we got to the end with its shocking twist... I think that may have been the moment I really fell in love with science fiction.
Anyway time passed, I couldn't remember what the film was called and thought it was japanese, until I was looking at something about Moebius, the legendary French artist of the Incal and Blueberry and the Airtight Garage etc. etc. and realised that this was that film I had loved and lost.
So how does it stand up twenty years later? Well, the animation isn't as smooth as some of the stuff you get these days, but it has a strong design sense and distinct imagination that simply is never done in live action sci fi.
A little boy is trapped on a lethal planet after his father dies after a meeting with those rotten hornets. With only a microphone for company he travels across the planet facing bizarre natural threats. The microphone connects him to a spaceship carrying a heroic pilot and a spoilt prince who has stolen a fortune and his sister. They try to keep the boy safe while they travel across the galaxy to gather him up. Along the way they catch up with an expert on the planet, an old man who was attacked by those rotten hornets. They also face various threats that keep them from rescuing the boy.
To go any further will spoil the ending. I should say that as with Moebius' comic strips the ending comes out of left field - the plot is a string of adventures against the tension of whether the travellers will get to the boy in time - and isn't quite as incredible as I remember it (but I also think I'm slightly misremembering the film as well) but is still pretty fun.
It is still a great film though. I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of things like Labyrinth and the original Star Wars and all those late 70s/early 80s sci-fi and fantasy films. You know, back when they were adventures in metaphysics about the nobility of the soul, instead of thinly-veiled allegories about 9/11 and the war of terror.
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Initial post: 31 Jan 2010 10:22:42 GMT
Last edited by the author on 31 Jan 2010 10:23:20 GMT
P. Rhys-Box says:
Quite agree with the review - am now buying it for both daughter and son who were also quite blown away with it when young! Glad the story still stands up, as that was what they remember the most! We videoed it but the video tape eventually died - and I threw it away - for which I am still unforgiven!!
Posted on 3 Mar 2012 02:30:59 GMT
J. Parkinson says:
I have spent months trying to figure out the title of this film. I knew it was called Time somthing or other but couldn't work it out. I too thought it's roots were Japanese and didn't even consider it could be a French film. After working out the English title was Time Masters I am now buying it....
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jul 2012 15:59:31 BDT
S. Bentley says:
I think Moebius has had an effect on the Japanese style! In my head before I found this, I had this film mixed up with another one with green grasshopper like aliens. I wish I could remember what that was!
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