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Interstella 5555

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Time Out says

Pop music and animation have often harmonised. This is a candy-coloured collaboration between clubby French hitmakers

Daft Punk

(aka

Thomas Bangalter

and

Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo

) and Japanese illustrator

Leiji Matsumoto

. Fans will recognise Interstella 5555 as the cartoon videos from

Daft Punk

's 2001 album Discovery, spun with extra bits into a feature-length sci-fi adventure. Their vocoder-laced disco smashes ('One More Time', 'Digital Love', 'Aerodynamic' and 'Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger') sound perfectly exuberant, set to a plot about an intergalactic band abducted by an evil record company mogul from planet Earth, who forces them to have hits and sign autographs until they break down. The dialogue-free story makes for an accessible blast, although it's tricky to gauge individual personalities. As

Daft Punk

have always avoided conventional publicity, their own animated appearance (dressed as 'Discovery'-period robots) is a neat touch, while viewers may note that the main characters are remodelled in suspiciously Hoxton-style vogue - proof, surely, that pop fashionistas come from another planet.

Written by AHa

Release Details

  • Duration:68 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Kazuhisa Takenouchi, Hirotoshi Nissen, Oaisuke Nishio
  • Screenwriter:Thomas Bangalter, Cedric Hervet, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo
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