ANOTHER SCIENCE FICTION ANIMATED film from René Laloux in the same style
as Gandahar is Les Mâitres du Temps (The Time Masters). A huge
box office hit in France, Les Mâitres du Temps features art by famous
comic artist Jean Giraud aka Moebius.
Laloux's penultimate animated feature film was made in 1982 and combines his
famous imagination with that of Giraud. Again, English subtitles are easy to
read and do not detract from the beautifully presented film.
While trying to outrun an attack from giant hornets on planet Perdide, Claude
crashes and is fatally injured. His small son Piel is left alone, but Claude's
mayday message has reached his friend Jaffar, an adventurer travelling through
space with Princess Belle and the renegade Prince Matton.
Jaffar's friend Silbad knows Perdide well and, while at his wonderful man-made
island home, the three travellers watch Silbad save
some hatchlings natty little creatures called shrews ("sweet little gnomes")
who warn the humans to "close your minds" as they are telepaths. The adorable
shrews stay with them, but there is someone who wants to sabotage the mission
to go to Perdide and save Piel.
Jaffar and Belle keep in contact with Piel through "Mike", a transmitter,
and try to advise him on keeping safe Perdide is a dangerous planet with
hordes of "brain-eating" hornets and other menacing creatures called
The film also has its fair share of cute creatures, out-of-this-world landscapes,
brightly-coloured fruit, angel-like humanoids and the pirates of Gamma 10. There
is also a shape-shifter called an Onyx: "Onyx fully controls his molecular structure
and can mimic anything" including, we see, a bouquet of flowers.
Piel is not safe on Perdide and time is running out. There are only certain
times they can land on the planet and the race is on to save the little boy.
If you love science fiction and animation, this delightful film is for you.
Les Mâitres du Temps is a finely animated metaphysical rescue mission,
previously seen in English-speaking countries as a dubbed version entitled Time
Masters. The Masters of Cinema Series is "proud to present the original French
version of Laloux's distinctive vision".
Special features include, as for Gandahar, the new high-definition restoration
of the Laloux version original aspect ratio; newly translated optional English
subtitles; original theatrical trailer; and a 16-page booklet with Laloux interview
Les Mâitres du Temps (The Masters
of Time) was released for the first time on DVD (76 minutes) on 22 October at
a RRP of Ł17.99 (Catalogue No EKA 40259; Barcode 5060000402599).