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”Fantastic Planet”(1973) and Nausicaä (by Hayao Miyazaki)

(6, March, 2022)

I’ve watched a French animation movie named ”Fantastic Planet”(1973) aka La Planète sauvage, directed by René Laloux. It was an interesting Sci-Fi story with beautiful images in just 70 min. Brief information follows.

Title: Fantastic Planet (English)
La Planète sauvage (French)
Director: René Laloux
Based on: Oms en série by Stefan Wul
Production companies: Les Films Armorial Ceskoslovenský Filmexport
Distributed by: Argos Films (French release)
New World Pictures (US release)
Release: 1973
Running time: 71 minutes
Language: French

Reference: Wikipedia ”Fantastic Planet”
URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fantastic_Planet

Trailer

Title: Fantastic Planet (1973) trailer
URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgCxCZNkQ9E

As you can see in the trailer, the planet is ruled by blue humanoid beings and human beings are their pets. Its touch of animation is artistically beautiful and story is deep, containing lessons for us in the current world, though the movie is old, released in the 70’s.

La Planete Sauvage
created by Rinker

Another interesting fact is that this film influenced Japanese animation director, Hayao Miyazaki for his masterpiece,  ”Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind”.

Title: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind – Official Trailer
URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zhLBe319KE

Hayao Miyazaki is the most popular Japanese animation director. For me, I saw a lot of his works since I was a kid as a Japanese. In Fantastic Planet, surely you can find some similarities in its concept, characters and atmospheres with Nausicaa.

If you hope to know full story of Nausicaa, check out Manga version, which English translation is available.
*Movie version contains less than half of the whole story.

Nausicaae of the Valley of the Wind Box Set
created by Rinker

Kabuki version of Nausicaa is also available, containing the full story. Personally I like this. It is only in Japanese though.

Title: 新作歌舞伎『風の谷のナウシカ』ブルーレイ・DVD 予告編
URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCTurOyI_VU

Fin.

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