Fantastic Planet

Movie review by
Paul Trandahl, Common Sense Media
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A jarring examination of racism and intolerance.
  • PG
  • 1973
  • 72 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

A dominant race of blue-skinned giants embards on genocide when the slave race rebels.

Violence

In the style of fantasy violence, alien creatures eat each other, humans get stomped on by much larger aliens and are killed by alien contraptions. A human casually kills an animal with a knife. Some scenes show large groups of people killed en masse.

Sex

Characters appear in various degrees of nudity. In the film's strangest moment, we see how the Tragg race mates. Their mental forms (depicted as bubbles with a Tragg inside) attach themselves to the necks of headless nude statues, which then proceed to dance with one another!

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that mature themes (racial and cultural intolerance) are the central issues of Fantastic Planet. Frequently disturbing imagery and an odd sexual scenes make this one appropriate only for older kids. Kids will see alien creatures eat each other and human-like creatures get stomped on by much larger aliens and killed by alien contraptions. A humanoid casually kills an animal with a knife. Some scenes show large groups of people killed en masse. At one point, the planet's dominant race of Traggs adopts a policy of genocide against the subservient race of human-like Oms. Characters appear in various degrees of nudity. In the film's strangest moment, we see how the Tragg race mates. Their mental forms (depicted as bubbles with a Tragg inside) attach themselves to the necks of headless nude statues, which then proceed to dance with one another!

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byfrankwhim June 27, 2011

I wish more people knew about this film

This is a wonderful film. The strange, dream-like animation is great to watch, and the story is intriguing and thought-provoking. But I don't think that th... Continue reading
Adult Written byMichael E. December 6, 2016

It may be animated, but it's very real

I saw this movie when I was 10 years old. It came on late night TV. I used to stay up all night on the weekends. When this movie came on, I was mesmerized from... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old September 13, 2011

PG-V-S

I give it PG V-S
Teen, 14 years old Written byPme1223 August 13, 2018

Fantastic Movie

One of the best animated films of all time

What's the story?

In FANTASTIC PLANET, the faraway planet of Ygam is dominated by a blue-skinned race of giants call Traggs, intellectual beings who spend most of their time in meditation. Living under the thumb of the Traggs is the race of Oms, human-like creatures who live either as domesticated pets of the Traggs, or as savage groups in the wild. The status quo of the planet becomes threatened when a rebellious Om named Terr escapes from his masters and steals one of their learning headsets. Hooking up with a group of savage Oms, he quickly takes over the tribe and begins to educate them with the knowledge of the Traggs. They are then able to fight back when the Tragg's attempt to exterminate all wild Oms. As hostilities increase, the future of both races is threatened. Will they destroy each other or learn to live in peace?

Is it any good?

Far stronger visually than narratively, this movie will be of more interest to science fiction and animation buffs than to the casual viewer. Mature themes and frequently disturbing imagery make Fantastic Planet appropriate only for older viewers. Its look is like animated storybook illustration, with backgrounds and characters that have a startling three-dimensional look. And the story deals with such weighty issues as racism, genocide, and sexual reproduction.

In keeping with the serious themes, much of the imagery has an unsettling impact, particularly scenes in which the giant blue-skinned Traggs (whose faces subtly resemble human skulls) embark on a zero-tolerance policy and attempt to wipe out the humanoid Oms. The movie's focus on ideas and images, rather than on characterization, gives the story a cold, emotionless feel. We follow the main character Terr, but we never really get to know him, just that he wants to end the tyranny of the Traggs. Still, Fantastic Planet makes for some interesting viewing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why the filmmaker of Fantastic Planet chose to animate such a weighty film when people tend to associate cartoons with children's shows and humor. Can you think of other comics are cartoons that are for more mature audiences?

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