Wednesday, October 15, 2008


We are screening our second film next
Monday, October 20
TIME: 6:30-8:20

We will still talk about LOVE, LIFE & the UNIVERSE as our first discussion topic.

The movie is once again French. Movie is approximately 1 hour 11 minutes.

FANTASTIC PLANET (La Planète sauvage) by René Laloux, 1973

René Laloux’s mesmerising psychedelic sci-fi animated feature won the Grand Prix at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival and is a landmark of European animation. Based on Stefan Wul’s novel Oms en série [Oms by the dozen], Laloux’s breathtaking vision was released in France as La Planète sauvage [The Savage Planet]; in the USA as Fantastic Planet; and immediately drew comparisons to Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels and Planet of the Apes (both the 1968 film and Boule’s 1963 novel). Today, the film can be seen to prefigure much of the work of Hayao Miyazaki at Studio Ghibli (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away) due to its palpable political and social concerns, cultivated imagination, and memorable animation techniques.

Fantastic Planet tells the story of “Oms”, human-like creatures, kept as domesticated pets by an alien race of blue giants called “Draags”. The story takes place on the Draags’ planet Ygam, where we follow our narrator, an Om called Terr, from infancy to adulthood. He manages to escape enslavement from a Draag learning device used to educate the savage Oms — and begins to organise an Om revolt. The imagination invested in the surreal creatures, music and sound design, and eerie landscapes, is immense and unforgettable.

Article from Master of Cinema & Eureka Entertainment Ltd. website

Movie Trailer on Youtube

This movie is FANTASTIC as the title says, so please do not miss this great opportunity to watch it and talk about it in our discussion after the screening.



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