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June 10, 2007 10:22 PM   Subscribe

Mars and Beyond - 50 years ago, this animated episode of Tomorrowland aired on Disneyland a few months after the launch of Sputnik - an entertaining melange of astronomy, sci-fi, pop culture, science, speculation, and surreality. Walt himself and Wernher von Braun make guest appearances and clip 5 is particularly trippy. (Parts 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
posted by madamjujujive (9 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
posted by taosbat at 10:37 PM on June 10, 2007

From clip 5:
"If animal life has developed on Mars, it may have taken many new and unexpected forms. There could be animals with heavy insulation to conserve heat in the sub-freezing night. Or perhaps the bitter surface conditions have driven some life underground, to develop in dark, mysterious environments."

Wow, that would be so different from Earth!
posted by agropyron at 11:39 PM on June 10, 2007


it's always the same, they all jump from the Greeks to the Renaissance as if arab and muslim scientists never existed

posted by zouhair at 2:08 AM on June 11, 2007

Wikipedia to the rescue
posted by zouhair at 2:30 AM on June 11, 2007

"There may be plants that feed on other plants! Or even plants that feed on themselves!" This is fabulous. Wonderful animation. Love it.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:50 AM on June 11, 2007

posted by es_de_bah at 7:27 AM on June 11, 2007

the end of part two is pretty great...
posted by es_de_bah at 7:36 AM on June 11, 2007

alright. this was done 50 years ago by Disney. the people who invented suicidal lemmings! OF COURSE it's going to be fake science entertainment pulp! That's what makes it so great. All style, no substance. It's Zissou-alicious! Calling bullshit on this is like calling bullshit on westerns and viking movies.
posted by es_de_bah at 8:50 AM on June 11, 2007

You sound like you think we're criticizing the post or something. I was laughing about it in an appreciative manner.
posted by agropyron at 12:21 PM on June 11, 2007

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