Fantastic Planet Review

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Little Humanoids must fight for their rights against the not so jolly blue giants who rule over them.


On the far-off planet of Ygam, a tiny human-like race revolts against the giant blue aliens who enslave them. Set against a trippy acid-rock score, this French-Czech production’s basic animation style is transformed into something wonderful by its organic landscapes and nightmarish creatures — a fusion of Dalí, Hieronymous Bosch and Terry Gilliam that’s truly surreal rather than plain weird.

Winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes in 1973, it’s proof that Euro animation occasionally throws up an oddity to stem the flow from the US and Japan.

Surreal and wonderful in a way not often seen from Europe.