Fantastic Planet (La Planete Sauvage) Movie Poster

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  • During production, René Laloux, the only non-Czech working on this film, was almost removed from the production crew. The Czech Production staff wanted a "nationalistic" feel to its production and wanted Josef Kábrt (1920-1989), the film's character graphics designer, to take the part of Director. This never happened and was apparently an "inspiration of the times".
  • Roland Topor did not spend time on the animation work of La planète sauvage due to its exceedingly lengthy process in Czechoslovakia, a total of five years.
  • The animation was started in Prague but had to be moved to Paris to avoid interference by the Communist authorities who were in power at the time.
  • Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
  • Adapted from the sci-fi novel "Oms en série" by Pierre Pairault (under the pseudonym Stefan Wul). Although the film follows the book's basic premise more or less faithfully, there are significant differences. The movie places great emphasis on the Draags' meditation ceremonies, making them a vital part of the climax as the Oms threaten to disrupt them, which would doom the Draags to extinction. The book doesn't touch on this subject at all, and the climax involves an actual weaponized conflict between the two species. The film ends with the Oms moving to an artificial moon, while in the book, they settle on an uninhabited island.
  • The entire animation team was composed of women. In fact, they are credited as "Animatrices" (feminine form of "animator" in French) in the end credits.
  • Originally, the Draags were to be 12 meters tall, which is the height given in various press descriptions for the movie. They were enlarged considerably for the finished film, and as evidenced by the giant Draag skull in the abandoned park, there could have been even larger ones.
  • The working title was "Sur la planète Ygam" ("On the Planet Ygam"), which was changed to "La Planète sauvage" ("The Wild Planet") before release, and the title "Fantastic Planet" was used in the English market. This has lead to some confusion for viewers, since the title doesn't actually refer to the planet the characters live on (Ygam), but its moon.
  • According to Czech animator Gene Deitch, an important distinguishing trait of Czech animation is that it treats its "characters" as symbols rather than well-rounded characters. This is expressed in the film's simplistic animation, as well as the fact that most of its characters aren't developed beyond the confined roles they play in the film's narrative and message. For instance, Tiwa, one of the most important characters, disappears from the film after the first act, as she didn't serve a purpose beyond that.
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