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René Laloux (1929 - )

Related: Fantastic Planet (1973) - science fiction film - French cinema

Fantastic Planet (1973) - René Laloux [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]


René Laloux (July 13, 1929 - March 13, 2004 in Paris) was a French animator.

He was born in Paris in 1929 and went to art school to study painting. After some time working in advertising, he got a job in a psychiatric institution where he began experimenting in animation with the interns. It is at the psychiatric institution that he made 1960's "Monkey's Teeth" ("Les Dents du Singe"), in collaboration with Paul Grimault's studio, and using a script written by the Cour Cheverny's interns.

Another important collaborator of his was Roland Topor with whom Laloux made "Dead Time" ("Les Temps Morts", 1964), "The Snails" ("Les Escargots", 1965) and his most famous work, the feature length "Fantastic Planet" ("La Plančte Sauvage", 1973).

Leloux also worked with Jean Giraud (Moebius) to create the lesser known film Les Maitres du Temps (Time Masters) in 1981.

His work most famous in the US, though, may actually be his collaberation with American Science Fiction master Isaac Asimov, known as Light Years, or Gandahar. Asimov edited the American translation of this film. It received a significant US film industry award a decade later in 1997.

"That which suggests is superior to that which shows. Movies today show more and more. It's paranoid dictator cinema. What we need is schizophrenic cinema." --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren%C3%A9_Laloux [Mar 2006]

More films

  1. Time Masters (1982) - René Laloux [Amazon.com]
    Time Masters (Les Maitres du Temps) is a dazzling animated space epic from the director of the cult classic "Fantastic Planet" and the celebrated graphic artist Moebius, best known for his work on Heavy Metal magazine. Jaffar, a hero for hire, finds himself on the adventure of a lifetime as he races across the galaxy to save a young boy from a menacing evil. Can he stop the heartless Masters of Time from turning back the clock and stealing his home planet?

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