This music video is the visual realization of "Discovery", an album by Daft Punk. It tells the story of a band of four extraterrestrial musicians who are kidnapped and brought back to Earth by an evil manager. Their only hopes lie with a space pilot from their home planet who, after receiving a distress call broadcasted during the abduction, seeks out to rescue them.
The story is a fairly normal thing. Several musicians get kidnapped and brain washed by an evil doer.
The most interesting thing about this story is the fact that said musicians are aliens.
Which makes things very interesting.
The story moves along quickly but doesn't skim things either.
And if you like AMVs you'll find this to be very much the best one you'll ever see as things make sense!
An 8 on story from me.
While the movie aired in 2003, the art looks very much like something from the late 80s.
That is not to say it isn't well animated. It's very smooth, but looks like cleaned up 80s arty work. I think it fits with the mood quite well.
A 9 on art from me.
Something I did not know before I first watched 5555 was that there is NO TALKING! That's right. No voice actors, monologues, or trash talking contests.
The entire story is told with the music!(Very cleverly mixed with the visuals)
As the story is told entirely with sound, the score is incredible!
It ranks in the top 15 of all soundtracks I've heard.
(Which is very impressive considering I've listened carefully to over 200 OSTs)
A generous 10 from me on music! ^__^
If the movie has a single weakness, it's the characters.
Since there is no talking, there is very little character development.
And much is left up to the audience to imagine.
Some might like this, others might find this very dissatisfying.
All we have to go on with the characters is their looks and the actions that we witness, and while this gets quite a lot across, it still leaves large holes in what the characters are actually like. Their personalities and thoughts are left up to us.
And while this doesn't REALLY affect the movie, since it's a feast of the eyes and ears, not of the mind, it could be considered a minus overall.
A 6 on characters from me.
I enjoyed the movie hugely! I loved it from the first time I watched it, and have watched it several times since. Each time loving it more.
But just because I liked it, doesn't mean everyone will.
I showed it to more people then my self.
And they were not all impressed.
I would have to say that...you need to be a certain type of person to fully understand and appreciate this type or film.
I would suggest that if you want to watch this that you enjoy music much more then the average person, have a liking for music videos, as this might be considered a long AMV.
And have a mind which embraces the weird or unusual.
And enjoy techno! ^^
A 10 fom me on enjoyment!
The way this movie handles story is something very interesting to look at. As their is no talking, their is no 'story telling' as such.
Everything is told through the music and visuals.
It is a feast for art lovers and dreamers!
It challenges you to think and imagine while taking you on a wonderful trip through the strange, dream like world that is created when music and animation are joined in such a unique and breath taking way!
I highly recommend this for anyone likes to imagine and dream to the hypnotic beat and notes of music. ^^read more
So here we are with another anime review! This time around, it seems that I'm reviewing not so much a series, but a single one shot movie.
This movie in question is called Interstellar 5555(which I found out of luck), and I have to say that it was something very unexpected.
Story: While this movie is really a visual representation of the Daft Punk album Discovery, it actually had a pretty good story. The basis of the story involves four extraterrestrial musicians who get kidnapped from their home world and brought to Earth. They end up having to be rescued by a fan/spaceship pilot, and the rest turns out to actually be a pretty enjoyable movie. As a note, I'd like to point out that there is absolutely no dialogue in this movie, so everything is pretty much told with body langauge, facial expressions, action and of course, music.
Art: The art was simply phenomenal. Everything flowed, and the animation was crisp and smooth, especially for it's time. Character designs were awesome in my opinion, my favorite one being Octave and his radical afro. As a note, I have to say that I personally liked how the artists drew Stella, because I could tell that the way she looked was slightly different than from what I've seen of most anime females. It's little things like this that give the art a unique feel.
Sound: Of course, the sound is perfect. I had a slight interest in Daft Punk before watching this, but after watching this, my interest grew to a lot more. The music is magnificent, and every song perfectly fits with each segment of the movie, from the happy, upbeat dance parts, to the slower, sadder ones. The audio shines bright in this movie, but what else would you expect from a movie based on a music album?
Character: Unfortunately, this is where this movie lacks a bit. With no dialogue, character development is close to zero here. Now that's not saying each character was the same. There were differences based on facial expressions and such during the many scenes of the movie, of course. It's just that with no dialogue, the character's personalities are left to our imagination. It's mostly opinion whether that is a flaw or a good thing. I personally don't mind it at all.
Enjoyment: If you like music, especially techno, then this is a definite watch for you. I enjoyed it from start to finish, and although it wasn't perfect in all ways, it's unique enough to take the 5th place spot on my favorites list.
Overall: A fantastic movie overall, with awesome music, amazing art, and a pretty good story to go along with it. Besides the lack of character development, this anime movie has no other faults that I can think of. I award it a 9/10, and it's definitely a must-watch.
Unlike most anime, there is no dialogue in this movie. The story is told by Daft Punk's album Discovery. I thought the film was great and had an awesome plot (though I think if there had been speaking parts it would've been AMAZING!!!) Having been a big fan of the parisian robot duo I had much respect for the work and tried to correlate the songs to the story. I think that if you have previous experience with their work, the movie is a slightly more enjoyable (well, more easy to understand if you're familiar with their odd film style), but the love between Stella and Shep is enough to whet the average otaku's appetite! (Call me a daftopihle...but,) I highly recommend this film! If it turns out not to be your bag of chips then at least you can say you listened to some of the group's best hits!read more
Interstella5555 is the collaboration work of a band with an anime legend: It all begins in the 90s, when music videos were original (no offense to the current works); Daft Punk, a techno group, made a music video for their song "One More Time," the video animation was done by an anime artist known as Leiji Matsumoto. The video featured a band of four extraterrestrial characters, looking human with blue skin. The video had them playing the song as the whole alien world was dancing to their beautiful music. While this is going on, some mysterious villain shows up and spies on them, soon after sending soldiers to the planet. The video continued when the song "Aerodynamic" had a music video featuring the same animation, showing the band being kidnapped. Then another came with "Digital Love," and finally the series of music videos ended with "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger." Notably, all these videos used songs from the bands second album, and in the order they were listed on the album so far. In 2003(I think), there was a full movie made for the videos, using the first four in the beginning of it. This movie was basically like one huge music video, using the entire album. It was known as "Interstella5555: The 5tory of The 5ecret 5tar 5ystem." Now, onto the review!
The story is about a villain who kidnaps an alien band and makes them look human, using them for profit as he puts mind control over them. The story takes a twist as their fellow alien allie comes to release their minds from this villains control, so they can escape... A very original concept, one I'm sure not many people would think of doing. That just makes it worth seeing.
The style of the anime legend Leiji Matsumoto is one that will always be timeless; It has the look of an old anime, as if the movie came straight from the 80s. Such a feel to it will please all nostalgic anime and cartoon fans.
Rather than voices - since the movie has none - this will be about the music. All of it is from Daft Punk's album "Discovery," with songs like "Something About Us," "Face To Face," and "One More Time." All of these, like the movie itself, have a retro sound to them and will please many techno fans, as well as those who just want to hear something different.
Even when there's no spoken word, these characters say a lot by their expressions and actions. There are those you love for their heroic choices, and those you love to hate for what they do to one another. Such a quality comes straight from the genius of a true story-teller.
Whenever I see this movie, I feel like I've been taken right into the 80s. It's such a wonderful film, I never tire of seeing it... I'm very nostalgic when I watch it. I love it.
Though I love the movie, one thing saddens me; Rarely anyone knows of it. I've rarely heard anyone speak of it like I do, nor do I see any fanart most of the time. It's a shame this movie is so underrated, because it has true potential to be a #1 anime film. read more
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Discovery was the second album ever produced by the world renowned French band Daft Punk. After completing the album, the duo resolved to make something more of Discovery and the result was Interstella5555, one of the top animated films of 2003 and one of the most unique movies of all time.