Monday, September 14, 2009

Animation on Disney's Mars and Beyond

Disney’s “Mars and Beyond”
I’ve been shy about posting movies that have cut into parts but I stumbled into this 1957 Disney animation “Mars and Beyond” and, holy smokes, is it the coolest thing I’ve seen in ages. It's a great mix of fact and supposition with an amazing, and seemingly endlessly creative, design. It covers historical astronomical beliefs, the beginnings of science fiction literature, “current” science, and a fantastical array of what-if Martians. It’s both delightful and scientific without ever being silly or dry.

1 comment:

Peter said...

I had forgotten this, Irene. Amazing stuff! There was an earlier Disney space-themed piece, too, about the building of the torus-shaped space station seen in this one. Wish i could figure out who the narrator was--very striking voice.