France / Hungary | 76 min.
1.66:1 OAR anamorphic
• New high-definition progressive transfer, original aspect ratio
• Newly translated optional English subtitles
• Original theatrical trailer with optional English subtitles
• 36-PAGE BOOKLET including a new essay by Craig Keller and an interview with Moebius about the making of the film.
René Laloux, 1982
René Laloux, the director of Fantastic Planet [La Planète sauvage], created Les Maîtres du temps, his penultimate animated feature film, in 1982. A huge hit in France at the time of its release, it combines Laloux’s famous imagination with that of animation designer Jean Giraud (aka Moebius).
On planet Perdide, an attack of giant hornets leaves Piel – a young boy – alone in a wrecked car with his dying father. A mayday message reaches their friend Jaffar, an adventurer travelling through space. On board Jaffar’s shuttle are the renegade Prince Matton, his fiancée, and Silbad who knows the planet Perdide well. Thus begins an incredible race across space to save Piel…
Les Maîtres 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 in this newly restored 25th anniversary edition.