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Fantastic Planet (French title: La Planète Sauvage) is a 1973 Czech/French film about... various things, and it's far too trippy and eccentric to do justice here. Basically, set on the homeworld of the Traags (or Draags), where humans — known as Oms — exist as both a population of troublesome vermin and also as pets. The film follows one of these pets from his captivity to later living among wild humans. Later still, things get even stranger, if that's possible. Let's just say that it involves a ritualized engagement in intergalactic out-of-body experiences, symbolically and probably literally a reference to both drugs and sex, which is threatened by an act of terrorism. All of which still doesn't make it sound half as surreal as the film itself.

Along the way, other stuff happens that you never really understand. It's almost indescribable, but just think Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind meets 2001: A Space Odyssey on mescaline, and you pretty much have it.


Fantastic Planet provides examples of:

  • Alien Blood: The Draags have dark blue blood:
  • Alien Sky: Typically brownish colored.
  • Aliens Speaking English: Well, French in the original, and they still use French words as the basis of naming a human in the English.note 
  • Alternative Calendar: A Draag week is a year for an Om. Because of this, Oms are perceived to have shorter lifespans and faster reproduction rates compared to the Draags.
  • Bait-and-Switch Credits: The film starts with trippy music and a tribal hunting/chase sequence containing some cool transition effects.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Some of the nudity in the film, though we do get some genitalia.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Poisonous, moving blobs, bat-winged Om-eaters with long tongues for sucking up humans in their dens, sadistic laughing plants with human faces that beat winged beasties to death... and then you have the Draags with their meditation ritual where their bodies melt into the walls.
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  • Composite Character: Master Sinh is Tiwa's father in the film. In the book her father's name is Praw and he is a separate character from Master Sinh.
  • Deadly Gas: Used by the Draags to exterminate the Oms.
  • Deranged Animation: And how! (To some, the style is reminiscent of Terry Gilliam's surreal animated work for Monty Python.)
  • Duel to the Death: Disputes are settled among the wild Oms by using large jawed alien worms as weapons.
  • Everybody Has Lots of Sex: Although strangely. The Om have a lit-up orgy (tastefully obscured), and the less said about the Draag sex, the better.
  • G-Rated Drug: When the Oms eat the fruit in the desert and start to glow, and also the Draag "meditation". Or that thing they do where their bodies transform while sitting around. Some have suggested the name "Draag" itself may come from drugs. Look, half the movie, okay?
  • Humanoid Aliens: Draags are much bigger than humans, and blue skinned, but otherwise humanlike.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Played with. Humans are responsible for the destruction of their own planet and how the Draags treat the humans is in itself a rather ironic comment on how we treat other animals.
  • Mind Screw: The whole movie. The imagery can be suggestive in ways you may not even be consciously aware of.
  • Personal Rain Cloud: Terr was subjected to one controlled by Tiva.
  • Planetary Romance: Gone insane, but definitely fitting the expectations of this trope, oddly enough.
  • Scenery Porn: The animators take great pride in their bizarre, Krazy Kat-esque desertscapes.
  • Sex as Rite-of-Passage: The Draag coming of age ceremony, wherein a child pictures themselves floating off in a bubble to sit ontop a naked statuette that dances with statues from other galaxies... well, it's getting stoned and having sex all at once. Only weirdly!
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The natives of the planet are called "Traags" in the original French version. The English dub calls them "Draags."


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