Fantastic Planet (1973) 72 minutes
directed by Réne Laloux
Screen on Saturday, October 12, 2019
presented by Jennifer Kroll
doors at 7:00pm, film at 7:30pm
October’s Screen will take place at Fresh Oysters Performance Research in Minneapolis.
This film is one of my personal favorites. I appreciate the amazing feats of 70s era animation, along with the sociopolitical questions it poses. I think there is a lot to ponder with this movie, especially the historical and modern parallels to our own society. But for all its seriousness, this film also provides a quirky, unique sense of playfulness. Every time I’ve watched it alone, I’ve wished that I had other people to discuss it with, so I knew exactly what film I wanted to watch with you all! I’d recommend not knowing too much about the film before seeing it but if you want to pique your interest, just listen to some of the soundtrack!!
A little more info (if you want it):
Fantastic Planet (French: La Planète sauvage, Czech: Divoká planeta, lit. The Wild Planet) is a 1973 animated science fiction film directed by René Laloux and written by Laloux and Roland Topor. Topor also completed the film’s production design and it was animated at Jiří Trnka Studio in Prague. The film was an international co-production between companies from France and Czechoslovakia. The allegorical story, about humans living on a strange planet dominated by giant humanoid aliens who consider them animals, is based on the 1957 novel Oms en série by French writer Stefan Wul.
A working title while in development was Sur la planète Ygam (On the Planet Ygam), which is where most of the story takes place; the actual title (The Fantastic/Savage Planet) is the name of Ygam’s moon. The film was awarded the Grand Prix special jury prize at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, and in 2016, it was ranked the 36th greatest animated movie ever by Rolling Stone.