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'''''Time Masters''''' (''Les maîtres du temps'') is an 1982 Franco-Hungarian animated film by Rene Laloux and Creator/{{Moebius}}, based on Stephan Wul's novel "L'orphelin de Perdide".

Piel and his father are on a distant planet, Perdide, frantically fleeing giant hornets before crashing. Piel's father gives him a small communicator before dying, telling the small boy that its name is Mike and that he needs to listen to everything it says. On the other end is Jaffar, a space captain. On his ship is Bella and her fiance, an exiled prince named Matton and a technical wizard named Silbad. They take on [[FireForgedFriends each other]] and the perils of space's bizarre alien worlds while searching for Piel, and when they find him, the story goes from wacky {{nightmare fuel}}eriffic space escapades to a TearJerker. Be warned.

The film encompasses a great number of themes Laloux is fond of: MindScrew, SceneryPorn, and NightmareFuel.
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!!Tropes related to the movie:

* AssimilationPlot: Gamma 10 is inhabited by faceless male angels who worship one amorphous, all-controlling being. They capture the heroes and plan to change them into more angels to power their God, which would make lose all sense of their individuality as the faceless angels did— they were once scruffy spacemen.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: The faceless angels of Gamma 10 also lack nipples and genitals.
* BurialInSpace: [[spoiler:Silbad/Piel]] gets one overlooked by one of the Masters Of Time.
* ChildrenAreInnocent
* CompanionCube: "Mike" to Piel.
* ConstantlyCurious: Piel, understandably since he has no idea what's going on and is only a poor curious child stuck on a fascinating yet horrifying planet.
* DerangedAnimation
* DiabolusExMachina: Most common complaint about the ending.
* EldritchAbomination: The "God" of the faceless angels.
* EvilIsHammy: The speech delivered by the leader of the angels who live on Gamma 10 [[http://youtu.be/XmPDP4mtYLU?t=4m48s (at least in the french version)]]
--> '''The leader''': "They will become '''US'''! We will become '''THEM'''! [[Administrivia/PunctuatedForEmphasis '''EVERYTHING WILL BE! UNITY!''']]."
* TheFaceless: The bizarre angels of Gamma 10.
* [[FallenPrincess Fallen Prince]]: Prince Matton. He's on the run from the world he was prince of, with most of its treasury.
* HakunaMatata: Silbad sings [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWgLqlHGyKE one song]] about the joy of drinking to Piel.
--> '''Jaffar''': "Shouldn't you feel ashamed? To sing this kind of song to a child?"
* HeroicSacrifice: Jaffar plans to let the faceless turn him into one of them to buy the others time to escape, even though Yula and Jad tell him that won't work. But[[spoiler: instead Matton stuns him and jumps into the pit while hating himself, thus killing the hive mind but dying in the process.]]
* InsectoidAliens: The giant hornets inhabiting Perdide, as well as the giant mosquitoes.
* LossOfIdentity: The result of being transformed into a faceless angel.
* MeaningfulName: The Planet Perdide. ''Perdide'' is the French for "lost," and Piel's lost somewhere on it.
* MindScrew: Wait, what? We went on a trip to a planet to save some kid but he's [[spoiler: been sent back in time and he was actually the old dude we had with us all along?]]
* MissingMom: We find out that the hornets killed little Piel's mom shortly before the start.
* {{My Future Self and Me}}: [[spoiler:Piel and Silbad]], played for tragedy.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: These angels are actually a HiveMind created forcibly by an amorphous blob out of people it {{mind control}}led into coming into contact with it.
* OrphansPlotTrinket: The egg-shaped radio fits well enough.
* PragmaticAdaptation: Laloux changed the name of the child from the book. In ''L'Orphelin du Perdide'', the child is Claude Junior. Laloux decided this would be confusing and renamed him Piel.
* PrinceCharmless: It's hard to consider Matton a decent guy when he ''tries to drown a child''.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Matton. Probably even that wasn't enough.]]
* ReusedCharacterDesign: Jaffar has the face of Lieutenant {{Blueberry}}.
* SceneryPorn: Combining both Laloux and Creator/{{Moebius}} was bound to impress.
* ShapeShifter: Onyx uses his powers to impersonate treasure.
* SinisterGeometry: In the end, the planet by the Masters of Time -- two half-spheres and a large glowing cube.
* SpacePirates: The true nature of the male angels.
* TechnologyPorn
* ThoseTwoGuys: Yula and Jad, who also serve as team pets.
* TooSpicyForYogSothoth: If the victim [[spoiler:hates himself strongly enough]], the hive mind that tries to absorb him will kill itself. [[spoiler:Apparently Matton had a lot of self-loathing. It didn't save him, though.]]
* TwistEnding: Although Jaffar and his crew make it to Perdide, they run into a TimeyWimeyBall in space just as they reach it. Turns out Perdide has been selected for colonization by the Masters of Time and they do this by [[spoiler: sending planets back in time a set amount of years for reasons best known to themselves. In Perdide's case, it's 60 years and this puts Piel in exactly the right place to be rescued by a passing space trucker and become Silbad.]]
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: The angels inhabiting Gamma 10 have been analyzed as a TakeThat to Christianity and religion.
** Also, in contrast to the film's critique of Christian/Western religion, symbols from Eastern religion appear in a more positive light: "Mike" is a yin-yang, and the wise, superintelligent Yula & Jad emerge from a lotus.
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: Alien gnomes Yula and Jad at the end say that they felt thousands of emotions, "even though there are only twelve" when [[spoiler:Piel/Silbad]] dies, and the other says they must have really loved him. [[TinMan It's not supposed to be possible for their species.]]
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Matton, the nearest thing to a human villain the film has.
* WouldHurtAChild: Matton, considering Piel's rescue a waste of time, tries to drown him by using "Mike" to trick him into a lake. The others stop him and talk Piel back to safety.
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