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Genre: Fantasy

Fantastic Planet

Fantastic Planet

FANTASTIC PLANET tells the story of “Oms”, human-like creatures, kept as domesticated pets by an alien race of blue giants called “Draags”. The story takes place on the Draags’ planet Ygam, where we follow our narrator, an Om called Terr, from infancy to adulthood. He manages to escape enslavement from a Draag learning device used to educate the savage Oms — and begins to organise an Om revolt.

“Surreal and wonderful.” (Empire Magazine)

“A beautiful mixture of art, theme, story, and symbolism.” (Nerdist)

“An animated epic that is by turns surreal and lovely, fantastic and graceful.” (Rotten Tomatoes)

“It’s not every fancifully encoded cautionary tale that can survive the demise of its historical villains, and it’s not every stoner midnight movie that can stand a second viewing in the sober light of day.” (Village Voice)

Sunday, September 2
Doors 11:15 pm | Movie 11:45 pm

Advance tickets $10 HERE | $12 at the door

*Minors welcome in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

FANTASTIC PLANET La Planète sauvage(René Laloux, 1973, 72 mins / PG / French with English subs)  This futuristic story takes place on a faraway planet where giants rule, and oppressed humanoids rebel against the machine-like leaders.

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