D. Scot Miller (for San Francisco Bay Guardian)
René Laloux's 1973 Fantastic Planet is an animated masterpiece. Packed to overflow with psychedelic colors and surreal asides, it disturbs and delights. In telling the story of the Draags, a giant blue semi- amphibious master race, and the Oms, their tiny humanoid pets and pests, Laloux charts the battle that ensues when one of the Oms chances across consciousness. See a predatory world of macabre distraction where certain beings are naturally endowed with superior attributes that they use only to further their hold on the weak, small, and less fortunate — then turn off the television and go see Fantastic Planet.