The Oscar Project Reviews
I’m searching for ways that this film would be more enjoyable, and I’m sure most of the answers to that question involve copious amounts of drugs.
I received this film as a recommendation in a movie challenge I’m participating in online, and the category for the week was surrealist films, and let me tell you, Fantastic Planet definitely falls into that genre. There were times that this felt like the animated versions of picture books I remember from my youth, but dipped in a Dali painting and then rolled through a pile of the oddest rejected creature creations from Star Wars.
The animation in the film is basic and that’s really just fine. The creations mentioned above are truly unique and I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like them on film or elsewhere. I really enjoyed the visual approach, and the lack of complex animation actually contributes to being able to focus on the story.
Being a French film, I wish I could have watched this with the original French voices and English subtitles. Unfortunately, the English voice cast was bad and probably detracted from my enjoyment of the film. On the other hand, the music was terrific. It was very clearly from the 1970s, but had a good vibe to it throughout.
If you’re looking for something different from the traditional animation from Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks, etc., this is definitely one that fits that bill, but I’m not sure it’s truly a great film.
6 out of 10