50 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 1970s

From cosmic head trips to adventures in galaxies far, far away

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21. 'Fantastic Planet' (1973)

As dense as a novel and as elusive as a dream, René Laloux's fable envisions a planet where humanoid creatures called Oms exists as pint-sized playthings for the giant sky-blue Draags. The story of an oppressed race rising up against their overlords has been parsed as an allegory for World War II, but its drive towards peaceful, if uneasy, coexistence suggests a more complex, less particular philosophy. Using paper cutout animation and long dialogue free-stretches, the film's evocative minimalism creates a world more felt than understood. SA

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