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Fantastic Planet

Fantastic Planet (1973)



Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 3

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

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Critic Reviews: 4
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 1

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.

Oct 23, 2007

New World Pictures

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

September 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (2)
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Roland Topor's graphics create a world reminiscent of two of the greatest artists of the fantastic, Bosch and Odilon Redon.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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For original, thoughtful, often strong (but tasteful) animation, I recommend Fantastic Planet for family viewing.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comment (1)
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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A jarring examination of racism and intolerance.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

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

July 5, 2010 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

A patchwork of cutouts from Soviet tech and science magazines pinned into druggy tableaux, with a genuine sense of placid terror to give teeth to its planar allegories

December 17, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Thirty-five years later, Rene Laloux's surreal animated film remains a singular psychedelic experience.

January 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Oregonian

The film's images are phantasmagorical.

September 9, 2008

Surreal and wonderful in a way not often seen from Europe.

September 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Eerie, surreal and a welcome respite from Disney-style animation.

September 9, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Anthropology meets surrealist art in a film about the coldly intellectual, logical Traags and the wild, passionate, heartfelt Oms. Manages to be both of our world and somehow not, shucking off any influences and finding a weird wonder all its own.

July 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

The animation is crude, but the artwork is never less than astounding.

November 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The strange worlds elaborated by Laloux could hardly be described as utopian, but nonetheless he uses them as a staging ground from which to try to resolve his concerns about the folly and aggression to be found on our own savage planet.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Period piece, polemic or tripped out hippy whimsy -- Fantastic Planet is all of these and lingers in the system long after ingestion.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

Cult film that never was all that good and now looks pretty cheesy.

January 22, 2003 | Comments (2)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Extraordinary animated feature.

September 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Wired

If there ever was a film that needed to be experienced in order to be appreciated, this is it. Reading critics' words about it just does not do it justice.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Fantastic Planet

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.
July 31, 2012
Christopher Heim

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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.
July 11, 2012
Greg S

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On a planet far far away, giants rule over the humanoids and keep them as pets, making them wear collars and staging fights between them for fun. When one of the giants takes in a particular human (known as om's), she brings him everywhere until one day, he runs away. He eventually finds the colony of his own race and they eventually come of with the plan of using their two rockets to try and reach a planet where they may be safe (the fantastic planet). This is one of the most bizarre films I have ever seen, and oddly one of the best films overall that I have ever seen. Made in 1973, it has creepy animation that will be easily acceptable once you realize what you are in for, the voice acting is very impressive, the story is very original, and the conclusion will leave you smiling, if you followed everything that happened. My only complaint is that, even though it is a cartoon, they really push the limits of their PG rating. This is one of the most unique films I have ever seen. "Fantastic Planet" is nothing short of fantastic!
March 29, 2012
KJ Proulx

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if its so surreal and philosophical, then how come the only thing that sticks out for me is an old woman on her death bed with her long grey carrot tits falling into her armpits?
May 19, 2011

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  • Fantastic Planet (La Planete Sauvage) (DE)
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