La Planète Sauvage (1973)

René Laloux's La Planète Sauvage (1973) or Fantastic Planet, is a strange and captivating sci-fi tale delving into wild themes and concepts that are simply mind-bending.

Humans, now known as 'Oms', are under the tyranny of the giant humanoid race known as the 'Draags', where they hold little regard for 'Oms' and keep them as domestic pets. The thought is quite unnerving and yet the Draags behaviour is not too dissimilar from our own in their cold and calculating rationalism.

The drawings in particular are quite intriguing with the imaginative concepts of Laloux's strange world, where the animation bears a quirky aesthetic that is brimming with atmosphere. One can definitely see how this might has inspired many contemporary examples of its kind.

Overall, I quite enjoyed it as a captivating tale, if a little bit disturbing. The animation is just over an hour long where you can view the entire film on youtube in a series of 8 parts.


La Planète Sauvage (1973) Part 1


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