I am Eric Carl, currently employed at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Los Angeles as a web designer and instructor.

On this blog I will reveal all that I know and love about art, design and the creative process.

From Twitter:

Fantastic Planet

I’ve uploaded a set of still frames to my Flickr account from the 1973 French animated film Fantastic Planet. The film is directed by René Laloux, who also later directed 1982’s Time Masters, which I posted about previously.

The film is a roughly animated and richly illustrated surreal journey that I found to be a real treat. Not to mention it has a great, eerily melancholy soundtrack that is best described by this reviewer on Amazon:

“Made in the 1973, it is heavily orchestrated, extended abstract funk. Electric harpsichords and wha wha guitars rule the landscape. There are tempo changes and dynamic shifts galore: the music can be creepy one minute, funky the next, then lilting. This album is a study in how to make an album packed with sounds, but with a consistent thread, created by the texture of the instruments.”

Check out the trailer on YouTube for a brief glimpse at the film and a sampling of the music.



  1. Pasquale October 19th, 2009 at 2:38 am

    I loved this & went gaga the first time I saw it.

  2. Kie October 21st, 2009 at 3:04 am

    Amazing film with some truely hypnotic moments…. looks just as beautiful still as it does moving….

    you beat me to posting about it BTW 😉

  3. Nick Maxwell November 10th, 2009 at 10:11 am

    I’ve seen this. It was absolutely wonderful and I’d actually forgotten about it until now (it’s been a while). By the way, you’re the first non-music technology blog that I’ve subscribed to in my reader! This is great stuff.

  4. Eric November 10th, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Thanks Nick, I like your tutorials. 😉

  5. Draw February 5th, 2010 at 12:52 am

    Man what a fantastic movie.

  6. Harry Hilders May 9th, 2010 at 5:42 am

    Never seen this before, but I like it 🙂
    Especially the movie, great to watch!

  7. Yuli August 23rd, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Oh my! I’ve been trying to remember the name of this film for years. I saw this as a kid, but never knew what it was called. Thanks for solving that mystery for me.

  8. Eric Carl August 23rd, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    You are totally welcome Yuli!

  9. Swantowiet August 24th, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    This is movie (animation) from Czechoslovakia, not from France.

  10. Isaac June 15th, 2015 at 4:46 am

    This is quite cool. Thanks for sharing

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