the cover art for la planete sauvage, an animated sci - fi movie
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‘Fantastic Planet’: Spellbinding images from the futuristic 1973 masterpiece

A movie poster for ‘Fantastic Planet.’ I recently saw a 35mm presentation of director René Laloux’s Fantastic Planet, his animated adaptation of a 1950s science fiction novel by French writer Stefan Wul titled Oms en Série. When La Planète sauvage (or Fantastic Planet) was released in 1973 initial impressions expressed in reviews attempted to draw comparisons to the Czech opposition to the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. Wul went on the record to clear up the rumor (as the book…

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