Friday, 8 May 2009
Moebius: Dune & The Time Masters
Following on from yesterday's post semi-concerning the ill fated Dune movie by Alejandro Jodorowsky, I'd thought I'd see if I could find some of Moebius' design work for the film, and, lo and behold, over at www.duneinfo.com, I did! Here's Jean's conceptions of some of the characters.
For instance, this is Paul Atreides:
While this is Paul's father, Duke Leto:
Here's The Lady Jessica:
While this, obviously, is The Baron Harkonnen:
Here's Prince Rabban The Beast, looking not at all like the David Lynch version:
While this, believe it or not, is Feyd Rautha. As embarrassing as Sting was in the movie, he'd've looked even worse in this costume:
For more of Moebius' Dune design's, check out that site. I also mentioned yesterday, an animated feature the great man worked on called The Time Masters, directed by Rene Laloux. Here's the poster:
If memory serves, it was about the Han Solo-esque hero racing to save a small boy stranded on a lost, dangerous planet, while Time itself collapsed around them. Here's a couple of stills.
Laloux is to animation what Moebius is to comics, sharing a lot of the same visual aesthetics, and though the animation is quite dated now, his films are always worth a look, particularly this one, Gandahar ( also released as Light Years ), which had design's by another legendary Metal Hurlant alumni, Philippe Caza. Laloux also made an incredibly weird & surreal cartoon called Fantastic Planet ( La Planete Sauvage ), which creeped me out so much as a kid, that even now I can't look at images from it. Hence there's none from it here. If you want to see it, go look yourself. Brrrr.