Daft Punk & Leiji Matsumoto's Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem (2003)
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A futurist Fantasia that incidentally beats the pants off of Disney's own Fantasia 2000.
To anyone who digs anime or Daft Punk's flavor of dance beat ... it could easily be a dazzling delight.
This is a film you go to for the pretty pictures, for the neon and the quirky shapes, for the mix of 80s retro style with the fashions of today.
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Interstella 5555 is a rewarding fantasy that is delightfully imaginative. The story is a dialogue-free production. Relying simply on observable cues and music with minimal sound effects can somewhat limit its appeal to the casual viewer. Although it lacks the adult themes typical of anime (it is unrated), I suspect the fuzzy narrative will be a bit esoteric for young viewers. It's hard for an adult to understand what is happening at times. Another quibble is that the 4:3 aspect ratio is better suited to an antiquated TV screen than the widescreen standard of today. Yet as a completely wordless experience, the hypnotic visual complement to Daft Punk's music is a rather original concept. I really enjoyed the 70s disco aesthetic. It's dated in a joyfully modern approach.
I’ve always been a fan of Daft Punk, from the first time I caught the music video for Da Funk on TV. Spike Jonze created a totally surreal video that manages to tell a story at the same time. After that, their next big hit was Around The World, this time directed by Michel Gondry. So when I saw Daft Punk’s retro anime videos for songs off their Discovery album, I was pleasantly surprised to see them going in an all new, yet still perfectly matched direction. It was clear from the videos that there was a larger story to be told, and with the release of Interstella 5555 it was clear that they decided to do something extraordinary, and perhaps unprecedented in the world of music videos. The videos were actually just clips from a longer film they wrote, brought to life with the help of famed Japanese anime director Leji Matsumoto (Galaxy Express 999, Captain Harlock). If you’ve ever heard the songs on Discovery, you already know that it’s a great album in its own right, but mixing this retro anime style movie with the music takes it to a new level. Interstella 5555 fills in the gaps, creating one long music video for every song on the album. There is no dialog, but the images speak for themselves, and it’s cool to see what happens in the full story. If you managed to catch some of the videos on TV you were probably intrigued to find out what is going on and the movie makes it all clear. You’ll get to know the characters, see a few in-jokes, and enjoy the music style that Daft Punk is known for. The film runs 68 enthralling minutes and is totally worth checking out if you’re into Daft Punk or anime. Just sit back, relax, put your headphones on, and go off on an intergalactic trip of epic proportions. This review is a repost from my site: www.plasticpals.com
This is the direction that live techno/house/etc clubs need to take - synching narrative visuals to a music mix. On top of this film's artistic accomplishment, the story is interesting and original, and the mix is superior indeed (it's Daft Punk, what do you expect?). This is not a true musical as it is exclusively music throughout (most without lyrics), and it cannot be properly compared to other group's attempts at concept movies (like Tommy). Still, it's the only "rock opera" that can hold your attention (if you like dance/electronica/etc).
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