Gandahar (1987, French Animated Fantasy Adventure) – 6/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Producer (Presents credit): Henri Rollin
Producer (Presents credit): Jean-Claude Delayre
Writer (Adaptation): René Laloux
Writer (Original Novel) "Les Hommes-Machines Contre Gandahar" Editions Denoel: Jean-Pierre Andrevon
Writer (Dialogue): Raphael Cluzel
Animation Designer: Philippe Caza
Director: René Laloux
Pierre-Marie Escourrou: Sylvain
Catherine Chevalier: Airelle
Georges Wilson: La Métamorphe

Gandahar (1987)

Gandahar is a peaceful utopia but mysterious attacks that are leaving citizens petrified (turned to stone) means that their way of life is under serious threat. They assign their best man, Sylvain, to investigate but his arrogant courage may be his undoing.


Frankly, I absolutely did not follow the plot (SPOILER soldier hibernates for a thousand years to kill a giant brain instead of waltzing through a time portal and doing the deed straight away). However, the film keeps your interest, showcases plenty of imaginative design, and features an intelligent and charming (and naked) sidekick. This is also a movie with a definite topic; it is, at the very least, about responsibility toward technology. One experiment gets out of control and ends up destroying and saving everyone (it’s complicated) while another doesn’t go as planned and, despite being discarded and abandoned, proves a critical part of Gandahar’s salvation. It reminds us that actions always have consequences.

Classified 12 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 12 years and over.


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