The original version was directed by René Laloux, and was based on Jean-Pierre Andrevon’s novel Les Hommes-machines contre Gandahar (The Machine-Men versus Gandahar). This film has some nudity and adult themes.
The peaceful people of Gandahar
Gandahar is an idyllic paradise, where the citizens are in perfect harmony with nature.
Men of Metal
The people of Gandahar are suddenly attacked by an army of automotons known as the Men of Metal, who march through the villages and kidnap their victims by turning them to stone.
The resulting statues are collected and then transferred to their base.
At the capital city of Jasper, the Council of Women orders Sylvain to investigate.
On his journey, he encounters the Deformed, a race of mutant beings who were accidentally created via genetic experimentation by Gandahar’s scientists.
Despite their resentment, they are also threatened by the Men of Metal and offer to help Sylvain.
Sylvain later saves Airelle, a Gandaharian woman.
Together they discover the Men of Metal’s base, where the frozen Gandaharians are taken through a large portal and are seemingly assimilated into more Men of Metal.
The two stow away on a nearby boat which heads towards the middle of the ocean where they encounter Metamorphis, a giant brain.
Sylvain and Airelle are captured and confronted by Metamorphis, who tells them that although the Men of Metal believe that he is their leader, he did not create them nor order their attack.
He states that he does not want to see Gandahar fall and that he needs time to figure out the connection between him and the Men of Metal.
He then returns Sylvain and Airelle to Jasper where they learn that Metamorphis, like the Deformed, was also an experiment by Gandaharian scientists.
Due to his rapid growth and increasingly violent behavior, he was abandoned in the ocean. Sylvain is ordered to kill Metamorphis with a special syringe.
Gandahar Light Years (English Dub)
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