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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
PG
Cast
Daft Punk
Romanthony
Todd Edwards
DJ Sneak.
Directors
Kazuhisa Takenouchi.
Screenwriters
Thomas Bangalter
Guy-Manuel De Homem Christo
Cedric Hervet
Daft Punk.
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68 minutes

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Interstella 5555
Japanese animator Leiji Matsumoto brings French dance duo Daft Punk's script conceived around the album Discovery to the screen.


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Plot
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.


Review
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.


Verdict
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.


Reviewed by Nick Dawson

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Bullcrap.

"the plot and graphic style are reminiscent of second-rate, Battle Of The Planets-style '70s kids TV." Congratulations, you just insulted Daft Punk, their childhood hero childhood hero Leiji Matsumoto, everyone who grew up with and loved those "Battle Of The Planets-style '70s kids TV" shows, and any number of other people. It's cool that you thought the video doesn't appeal to a wide audience, you're probably right. But comments like that? Bullcrap. Not professional. ... More

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Posted by Yoonk at 09:35, 26 April 2013 | Report This Post


Two stars? What? This film is one of the most beautiful I've ever seen. Whoever wrote this review obvious just didn't like Daft Punk... ... More

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Posted by jackstarr at 22:00, 19 July 2012 | Report This Post


Amazing

Yeah I like the music. Sue me. It's like 2001 without the pretense. ... More

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Posted by jcallan at 22:10, 20 July 2009 | Report This Post


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