Interstella 5555 Review

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A group of musicians are kidnapped by an evil Pete Waterman figure, who repackages them and takes them to Earth where they become an instant success.


While making their 2001 album Discovery, French dance duo Daft Punk conceived the idea of creating a cartoon around the album, and, after writing their own script, commissioned Japanese animator Leiji Matsumoto (who created Space Pirate Captain Harlock, among other not-too-widely-known animes) to bring their vision to the screen.

Though the pop world in-jokes will raise a smile, the film fails to appeal to a wider audience as the plot and graphic style are reminiscent of second-rate, Battle Of The Planets-style '70s kids TV. As Discovery plays out in perfect chronology, the (dialogue-free) events on screen seem to bear no relation to the music which supposedly inspired them.

Fine if you like the band - you'll be treated to some cartoons playing over the top of their Discovery album. For everyone else, just daft.