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What on Earth! (1967)

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




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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 <>

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Excellent cartoon from the National Film Board of Canada
25 September 2001 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This short, nominated for an Academy Award, is a very funny and very pointed satire that really deserves to be more widely seen than it has been. Produced under the auspices of the NFBC, it scores points in quite a few areas, lampooning aspects of modern culture. Produced in 1967, the points it makes are just as cogent and valid today. Until recently, Cartoon Network showed this occasionally on the very late-night series, O Canada, which, sadly, is not currently airing. Cartoons are not just for children and much of the output from the National Film Board of Canada shows that they understand this. Try and catch this somewhere if you can. It's most definitely worth seeing. Most recommended.

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