Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Movie; "Fantastic Planet" (1973)

[Note: This is the only complete copy of the movie I could find online that I could embed for free. The sound is a remix and not the original, sadly. Feel free to mute above video as sound isn't completely necessity for enjoyment.]

I was simply not ready to see this movie when I was 18 years old.
I first saw this sometime around the second summer I worked as a counselor at Waycross Camp and Conference Center.
It has been said “Fantastic Planet” is an allegory for the Soviet occupation of the Czech Republic . I highly doubt the counselor who showed me this knew that, at least not when I first walked in on a showing of this in the Staff Room. (Or was it a staff party?) [UPDATE: According my friend and former coworker Kevin, it was first screened at the staff party at the conclusion of the summer of 2001 held at his house. In which case, it's no wonder I don't remember it.)
The animation here is truly terrifying. Roland Topor was a French surrealist and architect of the film’s design who has clearly done more drugs than anyone I’ve ever known.

It has even inspired producer/rapper/man of mystery Madlib (a.k.a. Quasimoto, a.k.a. Beat Konducta) so much so that he made an entire song using samples from the movie.

Quasimoto - Come on Feet

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