Animated film (1973; vt Fantastic Planet). Les Films Armorial/ORTF/Filmové studio Barrandov. Directed by René Laloux. Scenario and dialogue by Roland Topor (1938- ) and Laloux, based on Oms en série ["Oms by the Dozen"] (1957) by Stefan Wul. Original artwork by Topor. 72 minutes. Colour.
The plot of this French/Czech coproduction is not original. Human beings on a distant planet are kept as pets by a race of blue, humanoid giants (see Great and Small), but finally organize themselves into a guerrilla army and, despite the disparity in size, force their oppressors to recognize them as equals. The animation is not especially impressive in itself; what makes the film interesting is the bizarre, surreal background in which there go about their sinister business such nightmarish creatures as the plant that spends its time swatting down small animals for fun, while giggling unpleasantly. The disturbing world shown in the background is at odds with the juvenile events of the story. [JB]
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