La Planète Sauvage by Jake Goldman

In January of 1968, Alexander Dubcek, a Slovak reformist, came to power in the Czech Republic.  Dubcek made lofty promises of less government censorship, easier international travel, a decentralized government and overall, more individual freedoms for Czechs and Slovaks alike.  Of course, almost none of these promises came to fruition, at least not during Dubcek’s brief reign.  In August of that year, Russia, unhappy with the liberal shape things were taking, invaded the CSSR with hundreds of thousands of troops, forcing Dubcek out of power.  They did not try to talk with Dubcek.  They muscled him out with a brute force that killed at least 108 innocent Czechs and Slovaks.  This was known as the Warsaw Pact Invasion of Czechoslovakia. The communist party regained control, and the Russian military extended their stay all the way to 1990.

This is a helpful bit of knowledge to gain before settling in for a viewing of Fantastic Planet, a joint French-Czech production from 1973.  More on that later.

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