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Forbidden Planet

sci-fi & fantasy

A dutiful robot named Robby speaks 188 languages. An underground lair provides astonishing evidence of a populace a million years more advanced than Earthlings.

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common sense

ON for kids age 6
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
0 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
1 out of 5
Violence & scariness
1 out of 5

Classic '50s sci-fi flick is campy fun.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Forbidden Planet is a classic B-movie sci-fi film originally released in 1956. For all its "futuristic" speculation on mankind's adventures in outer space in the early 24th century, the attitudes and gender roles are rooted in the Eisenhower era. There's some kissing and a few sexual innuendos as the all-male crew of astronauts encounters the first woman they've seen in a year, but it's all pretty tame, especially by today's standards. There are brief moments of violence -- ray guns shooting at invisible aliens and such -- but they're also tame relative to the level found in current movies. The spaceship's cook has a robot make him 50 gallons of bourbon, some of which he drinks. Overall, this film is a slice of quaint kitsch from the onset of the Space Age.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how science-fiction films about spaceships and aliens have changed since Forbidden Planet. How are contemporary sci-fi movies different?
  • Do you think we'll ever have robots like Robby? What would be the best thing about having one? Would there be any disadvantages?
  • Is the rule making it impossible for Robby to harm any rational beings a good one, even though it makes it impossible for him to protect the crew from the Id? Can you think of a better rule?

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4 stars

Given that this film is over 50 years old, I can forgive many aspects of it (such as dialogue, special effects, visual effects, etc) that would cause many people to regard this as a complete turkey in the vein of Edward D. Wood, Jr. However, the cheesiness and dated aspects of this film actually become more beneficial to the film's impact and importance by adding to the campy factor and nostalgia, and by also showing just how much progression has been made in the field of film making. Another great highlight is seeing a very young, well, younger Leslie Nielsen in a somewhat serious role-a real treat. The best sci-fi film of the 1950's, and one of the most influential sci-fi pictures ever.

- cosmo313, Tuesday, November 13, 2012

4 stars

Come for the awesome production design, stay for a young Leslie Nielsen and Robbie the Robot!

- kenstachnik, Friday, September 16, 2011

5 stars

Forbidden Planet is revolutionary for its time, a cinematic innovator for decades of sci-fi, and one of the funniest films I've seen lately. The humor is broad, most diegetic dialogue amongst the crew, but there are scenes that may be unintentionally funny on Nielsen's part. Perhaps if the casting were different I wouldn't he haw every time Nielsen delivers certain lines, but the facial expressions and mock seriousness get me every time. The effects are incredible, and not just for the time. Footprints without a body attached to them are filmed in one shot, sinking into the planet's exterior as if they were tissue paper. The plot is simple: a crew of men check in with an older crew to chart their progress on the Earth-like Altair-4, but when they arrive only two have survived, cultivating their own form of civilization for the past twenty years. The cast is few and far between, but features the iconic Robby the Robot, who doesn't seem kitschy, but instead a badass drone, capable of almost anything except violence towards humans. There are scenes of hysterical proportions, danger, and romantic entanglements, all the while highlighted by the first score to be completely electronic, tones we're familiar with through old Star Trek episodes and spaceship controls. The two remaining crew members can be summed up as mad scientist and sexy distraction, making the film raunchy for its time. Even the monster that hunts down the crew (the murderer of the previous crew) is imaginative, evocative, and thrilling, using special effects to showcase sci-fi at its best, along with a back-story of a superior race wiped out by some unknown disaster, brilliant when it could easily have been a cheesy B-movie. Still as cool as Robby's ice trays, this is the Forbidden Planet.

- FrizzDrop, Wednesday, July 6, 2011