History Film / ThePhantomPlanet

6th Sep '16 1:16:13 PM speedyboris
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* TheEndOrIsIt: In a subversion of the very common "The End" titles, the movie ends with "THE BEGINNING" (in context with the movie's theme that space exploration is always advancing). In the MST version of the episode, Mike and bots lament that this means they have to watch the movie over again.
20th May '16 11:03:26 AM WildeOscar
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* BettyAndVeronica: With Zetha as the Betty and Liara as the Veronica.

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* BettyAndVeronica: With Zetha as the Betty and Liara as the Veronica. Crow even comments on it.
20th May '16 10:17:41 AM WildeOscar
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** And very small people can survive without eating?!
15th Mar '16 5:39:58 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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Luckily, Frank's rocketship lands on what he claims to be a wandering planet, the "Phantom Planet" of the title, where Frank encounters a race of [[{{Lilliputians}} tiny people who are six inches tall]]. [[YouFailBiologyForever After the planet's atmosphere causes him to shrink to their size]], Frank is forcibly integrated into the society of the planet Rheton. Over the course of the film, he deals with a love triangle between an aggressive woman named named Liara ([[Franchise/MassEffect not that one]]), her own suitor Herron, and CuteMute Zetha, whom Frank ''really'' falls for. Over the course of the rest of the film, Frank learns the history of the strange world, duels with Herron, and helps fight off an invasion of the Solarites. Though the invasion leads to Zetha finally gaining the ability to speak, Frank learns of a way to leave Rheton and return to his original size. Zetha gives him a rock to remember her by and the films ends with Frank being rescued by astronauts from earth while contemplating the rock and trying to figure out if the whole film was a dream.

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Luckily, Frank's rocketship lands on what he claims to be a wandering planet, the "Phantom Planet" of the title, where Frank encounters a race of [[{{Lilliputians}} tiny people who are six inches tall]]. [[YouFailBiologyForever After the planet's atmosphere causes him to shrink to their size]], Frank is forcibly integrated into the society of the planet Rheton. Over the course of the film, he deals with a love triangle between an aggressive woman named named Liara ([[Franchise/MassEffect not that one]]), her own suitor Herron, and CuteMute Zetha, whom Frank ''really'' falls for. Over the course of the rest of the film, Frank learns the history of the strange world, duels with Herron, and helps fight off an invasion of the Solarites. Though the invasion leads to Zetha finally gaining the ability to speak, Frank learns of a way to leave Rheton and return to his original size. Zetha gives him a rock to remember her by and the films film ends with Frank being rescued by astronauts from earth while contemplating the rock and trying to figure out if the whole film was a dream.



* AllJustADream: It's left up in the air whether the whole Rheton thing was a vivid dream. Frank seems to think the rock Zetha gave him confirms it was real, but... it's just a rock.

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* AllJustADream: It's left up in the air whether the whole Rheton thing was a vivid dream. Frank seems to think the rock Zetha gave him confirms it was real, but... it's just a rock.
10th Jan '16 5:03:35 PM SpaceHunterDrakeRedcrest
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* ArtisticLicenseBiology / ArtisticLicenseChemistry : Apparently, the size of people, whether on Rheton or on Earth, is determined by the air they breathe.
-->'''Crow:''' So humans are just big balloons?
2nd Sep '15 6:48:34 PM nombretomado
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The movie was later featured in an episode of ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'' ''([[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S09E02ThePhantomPlanet episode 902]])''.

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The movie was later featured in an episode of ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'' ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' ''([[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S09E02ThePhantomPlanet episode 902]])''.
30th Aug '15 6:53:30 PM nombretomado
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* {{Zeerust}}: The movie's prologue takes place on March 16th... ''1980''.[[note]][[MST3K Crow]]: Oh, our ''old'' future.[[/note]] The rest of the movie, and technology, pretty much fits with early 1950s imaginations of the future, despite coming from 1961. And Frank was making ready for a mission to Mars before being sent out to look for the expendable RedShirts from the opening.

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* {{Zeerust}}: The movie's prologue takes place on March 16th... ''1980''.[[note]][[MST3K [[note]][[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Crow]]: Oh, our ''old'' future.[[/note]] The rest of the movie, and technology, pretty much fits with early 1950s imaginations of the future, despite coming from 1961. And Frank was making ready for a mission to Mars before being sent out to look for the expendable RedShirts from the opening.
26th Jan '15 8:09:01 AM creepingdeath
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* AllThereInTheManual: In the comic book that came out when Phantom Planet was released, it's explained that Ray Makonnen was formerly a priest, partially explaining his speech and his reciting The Lord's Prayer as he drifts off into space.

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* AllThereInTheManual: In the comic book that came out when Phantom Planet was released, it's explained that Ray Makonnen was formerly a priest, partially explaining his speech speech, which is a paraphrasing of a quote from clergyman Richard Cecil, and his reciting The Lord's Prayer as he drifts off into space.
25th Jul '14 1:57:14 PM MarkLungo
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* HeyItsThatGuy: Richard Kiel (previously seen on ''MST3K'' in ''Film/{{Eegah}}!'', ''The Human Duplicators'', and ''The Magic Sword'') played the Solarite. His face is covered, but the body language is definitely recognizable if you know what you're looking for.
** Furthermore, the would-be romantic lead, Liara, is played by Colleen Gray, who played the titular [[Film/TheLeechWoman Leech Woman]] of a previous episode.
** Also from a previous episode, ''Film/FireMaidensFromOuterSpace'', is Tony Dexter playing the romantic rival, Herron.
** Francis X. Bushman, who was a huge star in the silent era and here firmly in the depressing "anything for a buck" career phase.
25th Jul '14 1:55:19 PM MarkLungo
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* DoesNotLikeShoes: In addition to being mute, Zetha is always barefoot.
** The women on Rheton go barefoot, the men on Rheton ''don't''.

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* DoesNotLikeShoes: In addition to being mute, Zetha is always barefoot.
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The women on Rheton go barefoot, the men on Rheton ''don't''.don't.
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