July 13, 1929|
|Died||March 14, 2004
Angoulême, Charente, Poitou-Charentes, France
René Laloux (July 13, 1929 – March 14, 2004) was a French animator and film director.
He was born in Paris in 1929 and went to art school to study painting. After some time working in advertising, he got a job in a psychiatric institution where he began experimenting in animation with the interns. It is at the psychiatric institution that he made 1960's Monkey's Teeth (Les Dents du Singe), in collaboration with Paul Grimault's studio, and using a script written by the Cour Cheverny's interns.
Another important collaborator of his was Roland Topor with whom Laloux made Dead Time (Les Temps Morts, 1964), The Snails (Les Escargots, 1965) and his most famous work, the feature length Fantastic Planet (La Planète Sauvage, 1973).
Laloux also worked with Jean Giraud (Mœbius) to create the lesser known film Les Maîtres du temps (Time Masters), released in 1982. Laloux's 1988 film, Gandahar, was released in the US as Light Years, and made in cooperation with the artist Caza. The US version was redubbed by Harvey Weinstein, from a screenplay adapted by Isaac Asimov. The US version was not as successful as the French version, grossing less than $400,000 on its release.
- Feature films
- Fantastic Planet (1973)
- Time Masters (1982)
- Gandahar (1988) (released in the U.S. in bowdlerized form under the title Light Years)
- Short films
- Tick-Tock (1957)
- Les Achalunés (1958)
- The Monkey's Teeth (Les Dents du singe) (1960)
- Dead Times (Les Temps morts) (1964)
- The Snails (Les Escargots) (1965)
- The Play (1975)
- Quality Control (1984)
- How Wang-fo Was Saved (Comment Wang-Fo fut sauvé) (1987)
- The Captive (La Prisonnière) (1988)
- Eye of the Wolf (L'Œil du loup) (1998) (screenwriter only)
- René Laloux at the Internet Movie Database
- René Laloux biography at Le Palais des dessins animés
- eurekavideo.co.uk, Masters of Cinema series – Craig Keller: The schizophrenic cinema of René Laloux, 2006.
- Comment Wang-Fo fut sauvé review at Lessons From the School of Inattention