7. Fantastic Planet (Le Planet Sauvage)  – I recently watched this film again after thirty-plus years.  I was impressed by two things; first by the overwhelming weirdness of the movie.  The animation is not crude or primitive but it owes more to Yellow Submarine and Métal Hurlant than it does to anything from Disney or anything the Japanese were doing at this time.  A lot of things happen that are not explained and leave you scratching your head and wondering what the director had in mind.

Second, this film is an excellent introduction to the world of francophone animation.  The French are great producers and consumers of comic books and graphic novels, as anyone knows who is familiar with Asterix and Obelix the Gauls,  Tintin the world-travelling boy journalist, or the guildpunk space operas of Jean Giraud (Moebius).  It was inevitable that they would make their mark in animation as well.  I decided to update my dusty memories of this film because of my recent enjoyment of The Secret of Kells and The Triplets of Belleville. It requires considerable movement outside the comfort zone to adjust to the lack of Hollywood pyrotechnics or Japanese anime conventions, but French animation rewards the effort.

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