Piel, a 7 or 8 year old boy, is alone on the desert planet Perdide, only survivor of an attack by giant hornets. Calling for help, Piel's father's friend Jaffar keeps contact with the kid ... See full summary »
Among the aged master painter Wang-Fô's impeccable paintings, exists a mediocre and unflattering portrait of the pale Celestial Emperor that has merited him execution, nevertheless, how is this possible?
Gandahar is a utopian world of rare beauty and tranquility, the result of extensive mutation and genetic experimentation. But the perfect peace is shattered when a mysterious evil force invades this idyllic serenity, turning people into stone with petrifying rays. The Council of Women hold court and decide to send Sylvain, son of Queen Ambisextra, on a mission to destroy the enemy. Together with the beautiful and adventurous Arielle, the enemy that Sylvain eventually discovers very far from his home is the ultimate failure of Gandaharian scientific experimentation. It is a giant brain known as the Metamorphis, which has created an indestructible army of metal men to destroy Gandahar. Sylvain must battle the Metamorphis, but not until 1000 years in the future.Written by
Issac Asimov wrote the English translation for the English version of the film. See more »
We have lived in peace so long, we've neglected the possiblity of evil and we may have forgotten how to fight it.
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The Miramax Dubbed version is edited from the original French release. Most of the editing is from the first 36 minutes from the film. In the Miramax cut there is a new introduction of a quote by Issac Asimov, and an extended ending using footage from earlier in the film. The French cut ends with the head floating through the air. The French version contains roughly 6 minutes and 37 seconds more footage than the Miramax version(not including the Opening Titles and Credits). A lot of this is dialogue and more intimate scenes between Sylvain and Airelle in the nest and on the ship to Métamorphe. There is also a sequence cut of the black robots which is also shown in a montage inside Métamorphe later in the film. See more »
Well, I have to admit that I hunted this particular movie for 10 years. I've seen it for the first time when I was in my early teens (12 or 13, not sure), and I was really impressed by the animation and the plot. Besides, I didn't have a chance to see a lot of sci-fi movies (let alone animated movies) back then.
Now, that I've been able to see it again, I find it really outdated (or "old-skul") - pretty much, it felt like Kubrick's "Space Odissey" animated, only that "Gandahar" came out in late 80es, when "Akira" set a new industry standard. The plot is more or less predictable, the sci-fi backgrounds looked like something from mid-70es, and the battle scenes are even worse than those of cheap Japanimation TV series.
Despite all the bad things above, this movie got a touch of a master. First, I have to admit that movement animation feels highly original (I can't think of anything similar) and is done with a lot of skill. Second, the voices (in French) are much better than anything I've heard. Finally, I find character design very good.
To sum up, I don't think that this is quite the right movie to see "just for fun", but for those who are interested in animation it is definitely a must.
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