Fantastic Planet
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
This futuristic story takes place on a faraway planet where giants rule, and oppressed humanoids rebel against the machine-like leaders.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film has a flat quality that cannot entirely be overcome by the sensational animation and the obvious good intentions of its creators."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"It's not every fancifully encoded cautionary tale that can survive the demise of its historical villains, and it's not every stoner midnight movie that can stand a second viewing in the sober light of day."
‑ Gary Dauphin, Village Voice
"A patchwork of cutouts from Soviet tech and science magazines pinned into druggy tableaux, with a genuine sense of placid terror to give teeth to its planar allegories"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Surreal and wonderful in a way not often seen from Europe."
‑ Alan Morrison, Empire Magazine
"The animation is crude, but the artwork is never less than astounding."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Roland Topor's graphics create a world reminiscent of two of the greatest artists of the fantastic, Bosch and Odilon Redon."
‑ , Time Out
"A jarring examination of racism and intolerance."
‑ Paul Trandahl, Common Sense Media
"Thirty-five years later, Rene Laloux's surreal animated film remains a singular psychedelic experience."
‑ Stan Hall, Oregonian
"Eerie, surreal and a welcome respite from Disney-style animation."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The strange worlds elaborated by Laloux could hardly be described as utopian, but nonetheless he uses them as a staging ground from which to try to resolve his concerns about the folly and aggression to be found on our own savage planet."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"For original, thoughtful, often strong (but tasteful) animation, I recommend Fantastic Planet for family viewing."
‑ Howard Thompson, New York Times
"Grotesque yet graceful, it's a hallucinatory vision quite unlike everything you've ever seen."
‑ Ian Berriman, SFX Magazine
"The film's images are phantasmagorical."
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"Anthropology meets surrealist art in a film about the coldly intellectual, logical Traags and the wild, passionate, heartfelt Oms. Manages to be both of our world and somehow not, shucking off any influences and finding a weird wonder all its own."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Period piece, polemic or tripped out hippy whimsy -- Fantastic Planet is all of these and lingers in the system long after ingestion."
‑ Jon Fortgang, Film4
More reviews for Fantastic Planet on Rotten Tomatoes