***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
Wow! I never would have expected that I'd get anywhere close to 100 likes on this…
Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem
One More Time
A sci-fi anime House-musical movie collaboration between Daft Punk--and their music--and designer Leiji Matsumoto. During the recording of their DISCOVERY album and using the themes of sci-fi celebrity, decadence and space travel, Daft Punk--with help from Cedric Hervet--wrote the story and inspired seasoned Japanese animators to symbiotically create this stunning space musical.
The appeal of Interstella 5555 will depend greatly on whether or not you like the music of Daft Punk. It is hard to imagine people don’t but then the world is full of weirdos. Although detractors may say it is just the album, Discovery, accompanied by some pretty moving pictures but for me it is hard to see what more you want in a musical when the music and pretty pictures are this damn good.
Despite being conceived as a visual realisation of Daft Punk’s aforementioned album the film is as much about, and a love letter to, animation giant, Leiji Matsumoto. Brought on as a visual supervisor, not only is the appearance of the film steeped in his distinctive…
I know it may not be technically a 5 star movie but for me personally it ticks all the right boxes. I'm a big anime fan and Leiji Matsumoto's particular art style has always been a favorite of mine. And more importantly, I am an unabashed fanboy of Daft Punk. Discovery - which scores this film - is probably in my top 5, nay my top 3 albums of all time.
So stick it all in a pot bring to the boil and allow to simmer, and you have a delicious Ani-Punk stew which serves up to, I don't know, all the people ever who have a foot to tap and a heart to flutter.
Have I sold it to you yet?
"Give life back to music," chanted Daft Punk on the opening track for their most recent album Random Access Memories. It seems their message hasn't changed at all in twelve years, as this exact theme is omnipresent in the story for Interstella 5555, an animated representation of their 2001 hit album Discovery. The animation, drawn straight out of Japan, is gorgeous, and the visuals perfectly complement the incredible soundtrack, which is the album in its entirety. There's no dialogue in the entire film, but rather the music of Daft Punk chooses to let the story speak for itself. Save for a few sound effects, the film is completely devoid of dialogue. And it worked out perfectly.
Interstella 5555 is…
There's not much to say about this except that it's pure enjoyment from beginning to end. The colors and imagery are amazing. Everything looks so fucking cool. And, oh yeah, it's soundtracked by Daft Punk's Discovery, one of the landmark albums of the '00s from one of the biggest and best musical acts in the world (for the three of you that didn't yet know).
I'm pretty sure it's impossible to watch this and not smile or want to dance at some point during it. The story, while excellent and satisfying in how it plays out, simply serves to aid the music. Which is fine, because the idea behind it all is so simple that it can sometimes be easy…
When talking about films involving blue space people, we all know which is the obvious better film.
Kiss Daft Punk's asses, James Cameron.
Imagine Santa Claus Conquers the Martians except:
A) Competently made;
B) Animated in bright neon shades;
C) About an alien pop rock group instead of Kris Kringle;
D) Accomplished what FW Murnau tried to do with Der Letzte Mann.
It is impossible to dislike this movie unless you are Earl de Darkwood.
Found In: My Favourite Movies (Ranked)
Overall Enjoyment 8/10
What a marvellous way to listen to a Daft Punk Album.
first anime I have watched in a while that didn't send me to sleep.
Longer than I remembered
Interstellar versión Daft Punk.
Format: digital file
Location: Home, laptop
Conceived by Daft Punk during recording of second album Discovery, this is the sort of thing that would be a disaster in some hands - a dialogue less film set to a dance record. Even the subject matter of an alien band being kidnapped and brainwashed into human rock idols would be a bit dodgy. But with Daft Punk you know things have been thought through, while their music displays enough cinematic feeling to make the idea workable.
And the result is a joy. The actual animation by Toei and the designs by Leiji Matsumoto (Space Battleship Yamato, Dangard Ace, Captain Harlock) is slick and beautiful but retains a stylised retro look that mirrors Daft Punk's mix of post-disco and…
Daft Punk is playing at my house.
It's not that it's bad just not great.
Although musical-based animation doesn’t normally lead to a high level of profundity, the emotional aspects in this film haven’t certainly been forgotten. It is interesting to see how adventure and fantasy combine with unravelling the incentives behind the main characters, partially blurring the line between ‘good’ and ‘bad guys’. Visual storytelling is particularly strong as not a single word is spoken throughout the complete film, while understanding the narrative never forms a problem. Moreover, the music has been smoothly integrated into the whole. Tempo is nice and easy, making this an enjoyable picture to watch. Major drawback might be the way Interstella 5555 has been animated, which is definitely basic. Especially when comparing it to the likes of Japanese anime…
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