La Planète Sauvage (France 1973) shows an extraordinarily strong imagination. In social criticism, originality en visual beauty the film is a pioneer in the genre, inspiring for example the later Miyazaki films (Spirited away).
Fantastic Planet is an extraordinary film. There is great imagination on display. René Laloux captures an all-too-rare sense of the sheer alienness of another world. The background of the film is filled with bizarre creations a giant creature with a body shaped like a cage that laughs maniacally as it swats down and kills passing flying creatures a journey through a landscape that seems a giant maze pattern where various loops of the maze then come to life and start rippling in the rain ( ).
The Draag culture of the mind is depicted with an appropriately otherworldly transcendental sweep meditation rituals where they float off in transparent spheres or mutate into multi-coloured patterns, toys that create portable storms, chests that devour people who try to open them. The scenes of the Draag de-omization are shocking ( ). The climactic image of the Draag meditation moon where the flying spheres arrive, meeting up with similar aliens from all over the universe and inhabiting the headless statues to dance together, is one moment of great surreal beauty.
The film offers the portrait of a genuinely alien world compare this to the various modern incarnations of Star Trek where, despite twenty years advance on Fantastic Planet, alienness never amounts to anything more than a few peculiar facial appliances. (Moria.co.nz)