Fantastic Planet (AKA: La Planète Sauvage) Trippy French animated film with an equally trippy score- sure to be on OnyaBirri's & Zooba's top ten soundtrack list!
That was a very weird movie, at least that’s what I thought when I caught a TCM broadcast of the film.
One of my favorite animated films. My CD of the score is a prized possession. Trippy is a good way of describing it--almost vintage Floydian in feel.
When I saw this on cable all those years ago I was enthralled. It was so imaginative and I loved the alien landscape and world building. I also loved the concept where "humans" were like ants in this world. Literately stepped on and crushed for amusement. Others captured and kept as pets. I enjoy the score as well.
An Italian animated Arabian Nights fantasy. The animation is a little all over the place, though some of it is pretty good. One of the main points of interest in this particular edit is an early vocal performance by Julie Andrews.
The Rose of Baghdad/The Singing Princess (1949) An Italian animated Arabian Nights fantasy. The animation is a little all over the place, though some of it is pretty good. One of the main points of interest in this particular edit is an early vocal performance by Julie Andrews.
I have a vague recollection of watching this a long time ago. I look forward to seeing it again.
Very cool animation notable for cramming in as much pop culture and nostalgia references as possible. (Japanese, American and UK pop culture) Blink and you'll miss a lot!
History behind the animation sequence:
The Daicon III and IV Opening Animations are two short, anime, 8 mm films that were produced for the 1981 Daicon III and 1983 Daicon IV Nihon SF Taikai conventions. They were produced by a group of amateur animators known as Daicon Film, who would later go on to form the animation studio Gainax. The films are known for their unusually high production values for amateur works and for including numerous references to otaku culture, as well as its unauthorized appropriations of both the Playboy Bunny costume and the 1981 song "Twilight" by the English rock band ELO.
Aaah, one of my unfulfilled moments of childhood comes from hearing the promo for an upcoming episode of "The International Animation Festival" hosted by Jean Marsh. The announcer said, "Watch today as Maxi Cat has a fight with a bowl of spaghetti!"
I never saw the episode. And never saw the cartoon*
Until now! (it's the 2nd of the 3 shorts)
(because Maxi Cat does not have the following of a certain mouse whose I shall call He Who Must Not Be Named.)
The Small One is available on iTunes for $1.99. I believe this short was the first project Don Bluth lead as director and producer at Disney. Bluth was being groomed to take a lead role at Disney animation until he quit to start his own production company.
The short film is lacking in the plot department but its still pretty charming. The score is wonderful and really needs a release! I love the Ben Hur vibes near the climax of the short.
Small One has a lot of great multi-plane shots that give the film a lot of depth. There are signature Bluth influences in the film. Great use of light and shadows. Bluth's propensity for not holding back on the scary parts. The Tanner scene is creepy and frightening. Great atmosphere!
Several animators who worked on tihs project quit Disney when Bluth resigned and started his own production company including effects animator Dorse A. Lanpher , background artist Jim Coleman, and literately half the character animators who worked on this short.
I was a little annoyed when I noticed Bluth and or the animators reused a walk cycle of Mowgli from The Jungle Book for one scene.
Not sure if this is considered forgotten or little known, but I’m posting it here regardless in honor of Roy Naisbitt, who died last night and worked on this short. Anyway, it’s a very charming short with incredible animation reminiscent of Richard Williams, particularly The Thief and the Cobbler (the director actually worked on that film along with Naisbitt).
This is one that aired a lot back in the early 80's when specialty pay-channels were just starting to get a foothold in Canada. It's an early example of computer animation from the National Film Board. It became really ingrained in my memory--nightmarish though it may be. I don't know why I hadn't thought of it until tonight.
(I have no idea how long this will stay up on the UTube--it seems like quite a few shorts in this thread have gone kaput over time.)