Time Masters (Les Maitres du Temps) is a dazzling animated space epic from the director of the cult classic "Fantastic Planet" and the celebrated graphic artist Moebius, best known for his work on Heavy Metal magazine. Jaf... more »far, a hero for hire, finds himself on the adventure of a lifetime as he races across the galaxy to save a young boy from a menacing evil. Can he stop the heartless Masters of Time from turning back the clock and stealing his home planet?« less
"The Time Masters is a rare example of French Animation. Despite being prolific art film makers the art of animation mainly passed them by. Therefore the skills employed in making this film are probably light years behind what Disney et al were producing with the help of the mighty Hollywood machine but that should not distract from an original and sublime vision that first captured my imagination as a young child. The Time Masters (Les Maitres du Temp in France) was inspired by L'orphelin de Perdide, a novel by French science fiction auther Stephan Wul. Importantly the design is by well known French graphic artist Mobius who is well known in comics circles for his Silver Surfer and Heavy Metal work and who also did the design for The Fifth Element. Overall this helped produce a film that was strikingly different, powerful and full of surprises even if the animation techniques were not as slick and glossy as those of Hollywood where skill and money abounded. I loved this as a kid and would expect any child today to quite enjoy its haunting story. As a big kid today I still enjoy this movie which is a rare gem of French animation. If you do enjoy this movie then check out Director René Laloux's next work La Planète sauvage (Fantastic Planet in the US I think) as you will enjoy that also."
A must see
Andrew B. Obin | New York, NY USA | 03/06/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this cartoon 15 years ago when I was a kid and I remember that the plot really shook me up back then when I went Paris I saw it playing at a movie theater, once back in the states I bought the tape pretty much to relieve my childhood memories -- I didn't really have very high expectations.Boy, was I wrong! 15 years later the story spoke to me on a very different level. The cartoon is simply amazing both in terms of creative imagination and a story line -- there is more originality, meaning and plot in this one cartoon than in 10 Holywood blockbusters!"
Time Masters - Best of Sci-Fi Animations.
mike rudnik | Chicago, IL USA | 09/05/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Time masters" is by far the best work of Rene Laloux. His other works include "Light Years" and "Fantastic Planet". This cult animation classic depics an ineteresting story with lots of twists and excellent sound effects and animation. This work, besides having a thrilling plot, has some philosofical elements. Watching it is entertaining and will keep you on the edge of your couch."
What movie is Sandeep talking about?
Emmanuel DECARPENTRIE | Belgium | 10/08/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I honnestly believe Sandeep K. Shukla is reviewing another movie than "Time Masters" ("Les maitres du temps"). A little Bengali's confusion :)"Time Masters" is a true animated SF masterpiece. But as other reviewers have stated here, it is a "film d'auteur", which obviously means some people might not like it. Feel free to rent it if you don't want to take any risk, but chances are you will run to buy it after."
Emmanuel DECARPENTRIE | 08/31/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Having seen Time Masters on tv many years ago, which was dubbed into English. I have, sofar, been unable to track down a copy (DVD or VHS) of this version, (ie. with the english dubbing). Any ideas out there?.
The film itself was great with a fair few interesting deviations along the way, (though I would not have enjoyed it as much, if the tv version had been with english subtitles).
In all, a film I shall, for one, never forget."