Fantastic Planet

1973

Fantastic Planet

Critics Consensus

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

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Total Count: 27

87%

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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.

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  • Jan 23, 2017
    I watched Fantastic Planet for the first time about a week ago and it is still seeping greatly through my psyche. I don't think I'd ever experienced a film that shattered my perception of reality so strongly and with profound philosophical intent, creatively integrating Plato's allegory, theory of mind, and lots of Nietzschean existentialism. It is a social statement along with a statement on our consciousness told through beautifully demented sci-fi dystopia. An absolute masterpiece.
    DA Z Super Reviewer
  • Dec 13, 2014
    A silly and sterile animation that believes to be much smarter than it is (even the wordplays Oms and Terr are obvious), not to mention that it is visually and audibly dated (the music is awful) and constantly loses focus with too much unnecessary detailing about the wild life in Ygam.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • May 30, 2014
    My thoughts are somewhat scattered from my viewing of Fantastic Planet, the film starts off suave as hell with the electronic score and the opening film title: Le Planète Sauvage In this fanastic (or wild plaent, going by direct translation) blue intellectual faints rule over humans. Similar to human interaction with animals, some of the giants consider the humans pests (although acklonledging their high organizational skills), while some of these humans are kept as pets with collars and getting dressed up in ridiculous clothing. While this is just a micro allusion that the film makes, there's a lot of greater symbolism. The two main themes I reached were oppression (through political systems) and knowledge (which is a tool to fight oppression). It's hard to say which system each life of our protagonist represent. When Terr was kept as a pet to the blue giants, he's like an object of the state. When the domesticated Terr goes into the wild, he joins a more communal system, but which still adores and relies on it's leaders. While it feels that the film is pointing towards the cold war in it's symbolism- space ships representing the scientific exploration for example- it's hard to make a distinction creating a capitalistic and communistic system. Perhaps the film shows they're closer to the same than they're given credit for. Regardless in both systems knowledge brings power, and in both systems it's oppressed. The animation is very stoic, often leaving lots of blank space, and rarely fluid. There are many great "sanpshots" in the film, often showing creativity, and the images our interesting. But I can't say I'm overly impressed by the animation itself, simply since I've seen more appealing. The film left me somewhat unaffected, it has some thought provoking spiritual and political under tones, but nothing that lasted. 
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • Jul 22, 2012
    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 H Super Reviewer

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