"Fantastic Planet is playing at the Bloor Cinema tonight", I said to an open-minded film-school classmate and mate of mine. He said he would like to see the 1973 animated film, even though he had never heard of it until I told him it is a personal favourite.
The surreal picture worked its wonders that night in 1985.
After the house-lights came back on my friend looked at me from the seat to my left side and said this: "Simon, I've seen better animation on Saturday morning cartoons."
My guess was he did not like the story, too. Fantastic Planet remains one of my favourite flicks, animated or otherwise.