Thursday, July 29, 2010
The plot is pretty simple. An alien rock band is abducted and taken to Earth by an evil record executive. Back on the band's home planet, Shep, a space pilot that is in love with the band's bass player, sets on a quest to rescue the band. While on Earth, the record executive makes the band look human and implants mind control devices on the musicians.
I'm not sure if the story is a metaphor for how the music industry manufactures and controls artists but it is entertaining all the same.
The animation is fantastic! With Leiji Matsumoto in charge of character designs, Interstella is very reminisent of his previous epics, Captain Harlock and Queen Emeraldas (kudos to you if you can spot the Harlock "cameo"). The animation is very smooth even during the adrenaline pumping action sequences. The bright color palette used in the film makes the world of Interstella alive and vibrant. While paying homage to the past and using modern techniques, Matsumoto and Toei Animation have really outdone themselves with this film.