Fantastic Planet (1973)

Fantastic Planet (1973)

Fantastic Planet




Critic Consensus: Fantastic Planet is an animated epic that is by turns surreal and lovely, fantastic and graceful.

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This futuristic story takes place on a faraway planet where giants rule, and oppressed humanoids rebel against the machine-like leaders.

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Animation, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Steve Hayes, René Laloux, Roland Topor
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On DVD: Oct 23, 2007
New World Pictures

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Critic Reviews for Fantastic Planet

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (4)

The film has a flat quality that cannot entirely be overcome by the sensational animation and the obvious good intentions of its creators.

Full Review… | September 9, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Roland Topor's graphics create a world reminiscent of two of the greatest artists of the fantastic, Bosch and Odilon Redon.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

For original, thoughtful, often strong (but tasteful) animation, I recommend Fantastic Planet for family viewing.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

It's not every fancifully encoded cautionary tale that can survive the demise of its historical villains, and it's not every stoner midnight movie that can stand a second viewing in the sober light of day.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Village Voice
Top Critic

A jarring examination of racism and intolerance.

Full Review… | January 2, 2011
Common Sense Media

Grotesque yet graceful, it's a hallucinatory vision quite unlike everything you've ever seen.

Full Review… | July 5, 2010
SFX Magazine

Audience Reviews for Fantastic Planet

A silly and sterile animation that believes to be much smarter than it actually is (but even the wordplays Oms and Terr are obvious), and it is visually and audibly dated (the music is horrible) and constantly loses focus with just too much unnecessary detailing about the wild life in Ygam.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

The Terry Gilliam-esque animation is very trippy and goes along with the creepy surreal sci-fi settings nicely. The best part of the film is witnessing the creativity of the animators through the wacky unusual creatures and sci-fi aesthetics. One of my favorite moments was a scene where a weird bat-like creature attacks the human colony and the humans have to take it down. The film also has a tasty avant-garde soundtrack that adds to the surreal vibe of the film.

This film was originally released on a double bill with 'Yellow Submarine', which was another counterculture film released under the guise of a children film. The plot boils down to a 'Planet of the Apes'-like story with a thinly-veiled Cold War undertone. While the animation steals the show, the story unfortunately never lives up to it's potential. The characters are simply boring, and the bland voice acting make the characters seem even more lifeless. Plus despite being an adult animated film, the plot ends up being simplistic-to-a-fault while the ending is a super-cliche "can't we all just get along" happy ending that seemed too good to be believable.

The animation alone makes the film worth seeing but don't expect the narrative to blow your mind.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer


In the distant future, humanity has been captured by a race of giant blue aliens with mystical powers and removed to a planet where they are kept as pets; one man raised in captivity escapes to join the "wild Oms" and devises a plan for humanity to escape. The Salvador-Dali-meets-Terry-Gilliam-in-space animation and psychedelic soundtrack invite altered viewing, but this is more than JUST a trip; there's a strong sci-fi story here set in a beautifully realized alternate realty.

Greg S

Super Reviewer

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