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Fantastic Planet or La Planète Sauvage (1973) July 1, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — supernovadiva @ 4:18 pm

I remember seeing this as a kid and it blew my mind. The thought of humans as pets shocked me. Amazingly enough this was shown on regular tv (when some tv stations were independently owned). I rarely hear anyone mention it these days, but you should look it up. I think it was the first time I thought about animal rights. Real awareness and action came much later.

The film depicts a future in which human beings, known as “Oms” (a word play on the French-language word hommes, meaning men), have been brought by the giant Draags to the Draags’ home planet, where they are kept as pets (with collars). The Draags are an alien race which is humanoid in shape but a hundred times larger than humans, with blue skin, fan-like earlobes and huge, protruding red eyes. The Draags also live much longer than human beings – one Draag week equals a human year. Some Oms are domesticated as pets, but others run wild, and are periodically exterminated. The Draags’ treatment of the Oms is ironically contrasted with their high level of technological and spiritual development.

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4 Responses to “Fantastic Planet or La Planète Sauvage (1973)”

  1. I’ve never heard of this but it sounds fascinating and so eerie. Thanks for sharing it, I can’t wait to check it out.

  2. The groovy and psychedelic aesthetic of this film is mad mesmerizing. The society it presents parallels the moral numbness of ours towards non-humans including as pets, zoo inmates, circus slaves, and so on. Just the other day I was thinking about how when humans reach the first Earth-like exoplanets, if at “best” they find creatures like tarsiers and gibbons, they would totally displace and destroy them, bring some back as pets and lab rats, and so on, just like the Draags do to the Oms. Not long ago, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson was dismissing Steven Hawking’s recent hostile aliens theory, which posits the imperialist colonialist alien as a very likely threat to Earth. Dr. Tyson was basically like nah, any super-trans-galactic alien is probably already so rich and advanced that they’d just ignore our primitive, barbaric asses as they course the broad cosmos. A lot of physicists and philosophers who’ve spoken about it seem to lean more towards the Tyson rebuke as well. Who knows? Let’s hope the trans-galactic aliens are more morally and emotionally evolved than we are! And they probably are, if they can organize their whole society to invent the warp drive and all.

    Fantastic Planet’s message is pretty compelling – and I’m only on part one. Thanks for sharing this.

    • someone must have made the human/ non human connection since they cut out the girl’s attempt to name the Om in later distributions. it has since been restored.

  3. ariel Says:

    Fantastic Planet is one of my favorite films of all time. I think it makes an excellent case for the power of critical thinking and what can happen when you encounter the “other” and have to either rise up or learn to live together respectfully.


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