TONIGHT in LA: “Fantastic Planet” with live score

The first Tuesday of every month I host Animation Tuesdays at the Cinefamily. This month an encore performance of René Laloux’s trippy 1973 animated feature Fantastic Planet with a live soundtrack performed by L.A.’s Jesus Makes The Shotgun Sound. This show was performed last month at the Los Angeles Animation Festival to a full house – you get a rough idea of the program in the video below. The show starts at 8pm at The Silent Movie Theatre at 611 N. Fairfax Ave. in Hollywood. If you are interested, I’d advise reserving tickets HERE.


  • Doug

    Trippy? WOW! Thanks Jerry, now I’m off to find out more about this film.

  • http://jessicaplummer.blogspot.com Jessica Plummer

    Wow, even the dialogue? I’d so go see this if I was anywhere near the West coast. Fantastic Planet is quite an animation relic and this sort of presentation really seems to do it justice.

  • Jonathan

    I went to the musicians Myspace page, I really like their music. I haven’t seen Fantastic Planet in a very long time. I would definitely go to this show if I were there.

  • Ashley Simon

    I adore Fantastic Planet, I really wish I could come over west. This would be so amazing to see.

  • RODAN

    You’ve disturbed my meditation…

  • http://www.frankpanucci.com Frank Panucci

    FANTASTIC PLANET is amazing, but one of its weak points is the original score. A newly-composed soundtrack – or even several of them – would be more interesting.

    • childisfatheroftheman

      I dunno, I like the trippy, synthesizer music. Reinforces the “otherworldliness” of the film. I always felt the weakest point was the monotone voices. Everyone sounds like they’re trying to emulate Hal from 2001 Space Odyssey.

      This looks like great fun. Wish I was in LA . . .

  • Michel Van

    i love this movie
    it’s a master piece of Roland Topor, René Laloux and Stefan Wul.
    it sad i’m live in Europe, so too late to get Visa and aircraft ticket to L.A.
    will this performance also be play in Europe ?

  • Sat

    Alain Goraguer’s music is fantastic, he’s a great, too little known master of film score and worked in the shadows of so many great names of French pop.

    And Fatastic Planet is René Laloux’s greatest work. This thing is a classic.

  • Michel Van

    by the way, in ordert to make Fatastic Planet
    Roland Topor and René Laloux made a short movie
    to test this animation method: Les Escargots (The Snails)
    and thanks to youtube here it is
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiXn6d13YC0
    but be warned you enter morbid mind of Roland Topor

    i got also a request
    one of Rene Laloux work was a Short animation anthology
    for French TV FRANCE 3 called “De l’autre côté” back in 1984
    is there DVD from that Show ?!

    • http://palais.wikidot.com Jordan Scott

      Two films for it he directed himself, La Prisonnière and Comment Wang-Fô fut sauvé, are included with some home releases of the features. The UK Blu-ray Disc of La Planète sauvage for example has both of those along with all the other Laloux shorts available on video (and Les Escargots and the feature in 1080p: an improvement over the 1080i of the French one).

      And there are DVDs of the regular segment Ernest le vampire in France, out of print now but can still be bought for not always outrageous prices. Other than that I can’t help as there’s nothing else I’ve read of being featured in it.

    • tonma

      HAHA! YES!, I saw ‘Planet’ when I was like 10, and developed a huge phobia for this animation style and crazy sound fx, which I still keep to this day, but kinda like how it feels now.
      Then, a year ago I saw ‘Escargots’ first time, with tool’s ‘The pot’ as sound track,(really morbid thing) an I had nightmares out of it.
      Nice to see the two of em’ come from the same minds.
      Gotta say, thanks for the delirium, Mr. Topor and Mr. Laloux.

  • Notalc

    Fantastic Planet was made in another world, on the planet 1973. It would be interesting to see what Sylvain Chomet’s animators could do with this story on the planet 2011.

  • Corey K.

    I’ve always wondered… does the English dub accurately reflect the original French script? I haven’t seen it in a long time, but I seem to recall that it ended rather abruptly, with a narrator hurriedly wrapping up the story, as if they’d run out of money to finish the film.

    • http://palais.wikidot.com Jordan Scott

      No to the English version being accurate, yes to it ending rather hurriedly in either case and yes to it being intended to be longer but needing to be wrapped up. I think it was handled rather well, though; made it coincidently similar to how recent MIYAZAKI Hayao features end, which they’re often complained of but I find has a charm of its own.