Sat
Sep 12 2009 10:00am

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Disney’s “Mars and Beyond”

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.

More animation in the Saturday Morning Cartoon Index


Irene Gallo is the art director for Tor Books and Tor.com.

10 comments
Richard Fife
1. R.Fife
Spiffy looking, but alas, Youtube fails as it seems all but Videos 1 and 3 have no sound *tears*
Irene Gallo
2. Irene
hmmm...they seem to be working here. Not sure what the problem can be but I'll ask around.
J.Ashton
3. J.Ashton
I just watched all six videos and had sound on all of them. I remember watching these when they originally aired and I think they had a great influence on my love of astronomy in particular and science in general throughout my life. Great to see them again.
J.Ashton
4. Bluejay
This is also available as a bonus feature on the DVD of "Roving Mars," the recent Imax movie about Spirit and Opportunity. Also worth watching.
J.Ashton
5. Stefan Jones
Disney released a DVD of all of their science documentaries. They vary a bit. Some, like the one about atomic power and another about weather control, are kind of forced.

The space travel ones are great! Entertaining and authoritative, with great production values.
J.Ashton
6. etckt.com
This is a classic Disney cartoon. They show a large portion, if not the entire cartoon, in the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater at Disney's Hollywood Studios as well. Catching it on a large screen is a real treat.
Richard Fife
7. R.Fife
Ah, its just my computer. Tried on my laptop and it worked.
Elio García
8. Egarcia
I recall seeing this when I was younger (not when it was new, obviously, but maybe a videotape Disney sold?) Amazing stuff, although now what I find most amazing of all is that right there at the start of part 6 are none other than Wernher von Braun and Ernst Stuhlinger. Remarkable.
Irene Gallo
9. Irene
thanks for the tips guys. I'll try to get a copy of the DVD. I'd love to see a cleaner version without the breaks.
J.Ashton
10. MarcL
It would be hard to overstate the impact the alien landscapes and lifeforms (clip 5) had on me as a kid. I saw it at least twice in elementary school and never again since. Thanks for posting this.

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