Friday, September 14, 2007

La Planète Sauvage

La Planète sauvage a.k.a. The Fantastic Planet

Directed by René Laloux
Produced by Simon Damiani, Andre Valio-Cavaglione
Written by René Laloux, Roland Topor, Stefan Wul (novel)
Music by Alain Goraguer
Cinematography Boris Baromykin, Lubomir Rejthar
Editing by Dick Elliott, Rich Harrison
Release date(s) 1973
Running time 72 min.
Country Czechoslovakia, France
Language French

Fantastic Planet is the English title of La Planète sauvage (literally "The Savage Planet") an animated 1973 science fiction film directed by René Laloux. The film was an international production between France and Czechoslovakia and has been distributed in the United States by Roger Corman. It won the special jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1973. The story is based on a novel, Oms en série, by the French writer Stefan Wul.


This is a pretty brilliant film, and it's sort of become a cult classic over the years. It's thought provoking, visually stimulating, and is supported by a killer soundtrack that's been sampled by numerous underground hip-hop producers, and most notably by Madlib in his song "Come on Feet." The film is fairly short and is thoroughly enjoyable, so twist one up, dim the lights, expand the you tube box to full screen, and enjoy.