Adventures and Quests: Fantastic Planet (1973)

Set on a distant planet where enslaved humans are the playthings of giant blue native inhabitants, nothing else has ever looked or felt like director René Laloux’s animated marvel Fantastic Planet, a politically minded and visually inventive work of science fiction. This Cannes prizewinner and counterculture classic, with a jazz score by Alain Goraguer, remains a compelling statement against oppression and conformity.  

Adventures and Quests is part of a summer-long series of family-friendly sci-fi films, presented free throughout the summer, coinciding with the exhibition Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume. Some of these are movies that George Lucas has cited as being his favorites, others are examples of the vast variety of pre-Star Wars fantasy, science fiction and adventure that fired the imaginations of young audiences in the 1950s and earlier. Raised on the infinite possibilities of movies, this was a generation ready to embrace Lucas’s vision. Each feature film will be preceded by one chapter from the three original Flash Gordon serials of the 1930s. 

 

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