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.