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Weird Art and What It Can Teach Us: Laloux’s “Fantastic Planet” and Anthropocentrism

What makes humans any better than the other creatures we coexist with? Rene Laloux’s 1973 French cartoon “Fantastic Planet” pushes the reader to grapple with this exact question through a world full of aliens who see human beings as nothing more than pests. This fantastical film puts a mirror up to the human race and forces the audience to ask themselves, “am I part of the problem?”