Fantastic Planet tells the story of "Oms", human-like creatures, kept as domesticated pets by an alien race of blue giants called "Draags". The story takes place on the Draags' planet Ygam, where we follow our narrator, an Om called Terr, from infancy to adulthood. He manages to escape enslavement from a Draag learning device used to educate the savage Oms - and begins to organise an Om revolt.
Imaginative but not much fun
- Fantastic Planet review by JB
The artwork and futuristic concepts are varied, bold and very imaginative, but it's difficult to find anything else to like about this naive and embarrassingly obvious allegory. From the outset the animation and voice dubbing are crude, even for 1973. The protagonist, Terr, spends most of his time crawling around looking miserable, or running for his life with a rigid open-mouthed expression of horror. There are no moments of joy or humour that might have relieved the tedium. Neither the Oms nor their enemies the Draags are particularly likeable or sensible, and once it is clear that they are heading for mutual destruction, the Draag leader is left to abruptly concede, in the very last line of the film, that the two races will need to learn to cooperate if they are to survive (surprise, surprise) but with no suggestion of how (or why, in such a joyless world) this might be achieved. One gets the impression that the script was cut short as soon as this declaration had announced the film's raison d'etre.