The beautifully bizarre animated classic ‘Fantastic Planet’ turns 50 today

In the immersive arena of global animation where anything is possible, director René Laloux’s counterculture gem, “Fantastic Planet” (“La Planète sauvage”), remains unrivaled in its strange and surreal fable set on the pastel-hued alien planet of Ygam. 

And today on the occasion the French movie’s milestone 50th anniversary, its themes and symbolisms feel even more relevant than when it originally premiered due to its detailed worldbuilding, haunting characters and musician Alain Goraguer’s jazzy rock score that leaves an entrancing effect on adventurous souls who fall victim to its innumerable emotional charms.


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