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What on Earth! (1967)

| Animation, Short, Comedy
The Martians speculate on the nature of Earth's apparent dominant lifeform, automobiles.




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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


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Complete credited cast:
Donald Brittain ...
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A training film for the Martian landing teams. The scientists have finally figured out that there is life on earth; it travels the highways and feeds at the filling stations. Unfortunately, it's plagued by the human parasites that travel inside it and build homes that get in the way. And while the scientists can't go inside the factories where the dominant species reproduces, they have some conjectures of what happens there. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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What on Earth! was a nice satirical animated short from The National Film Board of Canada
30 March 2009 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Just watched this Oscar-nominated animated short on YouTube. Presented by "The National Film Board of Mars", What on Earth! has a narrator telling the Mars audience about the life there is on Earth that feeds on a pump of gas. It seems he's referring to the cars that dominate the highway. We also find out about the "Earthling"s "retirement" parking place and how they "reproduce". And then there are those "parasites" (humans) that inhabit these "Earthlings"...This satirical animated short from The National Film Board of Canada hits the mark of how the Mars people think the cars are the living creatures since the road is dominated by them. And considering how there hasn't been any evidence of actual life on the red planet yet, there's no chance of anyone there being offended by the material here. So on that note, I cautiously recommend What on Earth!

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