Released 1973 (France)
French & Czechoslovakian, in French (I watched with English subtitles)
Director - Rene Laloux
Stars - Eric Baugin, Jean Valmont
On a distant planet, the giant Traag people keep a humanoid race called the Om as pets. Young orphan Terr is taken in by a Traag family and eventually uses the knowledge he gleans from them to start a rebellion. Baugin voices young Terr; Valmont voices him as an adult/acts as narrator.
Violence; gore; full female & male nudity; heavily implied sexy times.
It’s so boring! Never has an hour and eleven minutes of my life felt longer.
The big reveal about why the Traag spend so much time meditating made me roll my eyes. [SPOILER] They’re actually having sex during meditation. Which, come to think of it, makes that scene where the Traag children went off to meditate for the first time a little bit creepy. [SPOILER]
The soundtrack is painful.
It has a good message. It certainly should make you think twice about how we as humans treat animals.
I like the animation style. I’m not sure I’ve seen much like it before.
It’s very creative.
I want to like this film because I know it’s innovative, it’s creative, and it has a strong viewpoint (although the execution of that point is a bit heavy-handed). But I didn’t like it. I was bored to tears. I seriously felt like I spent the whole afternoon watching it, while in reality it’s the shortest film on this list so far. Just not my cup of tea, I guess. If you want to watch something obscure and/or different, I wouldn’t discourage you from giving it a shot. But I also wouldn’t put it on my own sci fi recommendation list.
I give it 2 stars.