View Full Version : the movie Fantastic Planet, or, La Planete Sauvage
09-02-2006, 02:44 PM
I just read the recent article in Rolling Stone with Pinchbeck and one specific part got me to thinking. He explains ,in short, that we, as humans, will be able to connect with aliens on a telekenetic-like level. This is a very VERY similiar idea to a main underlying point in the movie Fantastic Planet. I could go delve into the movie, but it would be a lot easier to just google it - it's worth knowing about. In short, though, the movie is about a highly civilized race of humanoind aliens called Draags who, pretty much, deal with humans as if they are vermin -- very communist/fascist/political in general statements all throughout the movie. The draags meditate to (sorry to give away the ending) converse with aliens from other planets. The more i write about it, the more similarities i can see between Pinchbeck's theories and the plot of the movie itself. I would be curious as to who has seen this movie. Also, if anyone had any views or insight about this movie, i would be more than glad to listen and share ideas. I recommend anyone and everyone to watch this amazing, off the cuff, foreign, animated classic with an open mind. I'd be even more curious is Pinchbeck himself has ever seen this movie.
10-14-2006, 11:47 PM
If you liked that one watch 'Planet of Vampires'. It has the same high style and a good storyline. Similar to 'Fantastic Planet' with the varations that occur in same era films.
10-30-2006, 06:03 PM
Fantastic Planet is a cool movie.
10-31-2006, 06:41 AM
Never saw it. Looks interesting. Checked it out on Amazon:
Used DVDs from $80-$160! amazon.co.uk has a British release, but it is PAL.
Used VHS are still around cheap enough.
Said to be an allegory of the the Russian invasion of Chechoslovakia.
11-01-2006, 08:05 PM
i just watched this movie yesterday evening and i really was.. completely overblown outside-in by it! and i feel comfortable saying, here, you know, calling it a key-stroke of painting back childhood's themes and with transpersonal sorts of flavours.. like had i been dreamt by this movie once.. it was that great! arche-arche...
the way visual and textual narratives was keeping afloat was minds beyond magnificent. the levelling, balancing and depth of the neverdrying cascade of logic-translucing lights of ideas, moving upwards to ever mythopoeticer infoldings and unfoldings, right next to a skin-thin hymenlike door of some pleromatic sphere near the end; simply perfect!
the world reminded me alot of the comic-worlds of luc and francois schuiten and moebius, and also very much of amazing norman mclaren's wonderful 1952 surrealist animation "a phantasy" and with what appeared as a spiritually abstracted anatomic reference to david lynch's "six figures getting sick" - but most of all the animation technique reminds of terry gilliam's monty python work, though it quickley moves beyond the familiarity. the pen-and-pencil style is very well working as a story-carrying medium, and there is a purity and some other undefinably special characteristic aura about this film. it's the seventies, for whatever you may reach down and tear out of that hat!
soundtrack was also exactly whateverelse i wanted.. an aesthetic mix of miles davis' bitches brew-era fusion-tone and raymond scott-like academic synthesizer psyche-sounds, and again reminding of mclaren and his work with maurice blackburn, amazing composer of national film board of canada fame. and then, finally, was it revealed, where madlib had lifted the samples for quasimoto's "come on feet" -- which to me is, like, among the 10 greatest hip hop-tunes post-Y2K -- and what the hell that sound really was.. it's always so cool to have those source sample-enlightenments, when something you've heard a million times suddenly appears with it's original face from somewhere totally unexpected.
yes sorry, so i just felt this fucked-up need to come here, like some lame idiot, and rave about this fantastic new things i feel i've been shown, and wanting to thank those here for causing it!
so thank you all very much!
..i imagine that of the few few times i would ever put a young child of mine in front of a tv-set, it could be this movie that it would see.
"movie" is such a dumb word when you think about it...
11-29-2006, 09:31 PM
There is an album called "Fantastic Planet" by a band called Failure. There guys in the band really liked the film. Good band, good album.
12-10-2006, 09:33 PM
it's on Youtube!
- what an interesting film....
r o b
12-11-2006, 04:15 AM
it's on Youtube!
- what an interesting film....
r o b
Shame about the sound quality, or the lack thereof, but yeah, what a film! :)
12-11-2006, 08:04 AM
don't waste your first experience with it by seeing it on youtube, is my advice!
12-11-2006, 12:25 PM
Why, is it like watching a porno as one's first sexual experience? :razz:
Seriously, Capri, only in Scandinavia or possibly in the UK on Channel 4, but at 4am would this little film be broadcast. In Poland also, but i think this may be a blast from the animation past...it was made in 1973.
Interesting translation from French to English...Sauvage means Wild, not Fantastic, doesn't it?
Although i think it is fantastic to be wild, so it doesn't matter to me! :cool:
Love and Respect,
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