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Saul Bass (conceived and written by) and
Mayo Simon (conceived and written by)
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Paul Saltman ... Scientist

Directed by
Saul Bass 
Writing credits
Saul Bass (conceived and written by) and
Mayo Simon (conceived and written by)

Produced by
Robert Aller .... associate producer
Saul Bass .... producer
Original Music by
Jeff Alexander 
Cinematography by
Erik Daarstad 
Film Editing by
Kent MacKenzie 
Albert Nalpas 
Cliffe Oland 
Art Department
Saul Bass .... poster designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Lee Strosnider .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
George Lucas .... camera operator (uncredited)
Animation Department
Art Goodman .... animator
Other crew
Elaine Bass .... staff
Kaye Dyal .... staff
Morrie Marsh .... staff
Mavis Terroni .... staff
Saul Bass .... titles (uncredited)
James Bonner .... we acknowledge with thanks the cooperation of: California Institute of Technology (as Dr. James Bonner)
Renato Dulbecco .... we acknowledge with thanks the cooperation of: The Salk Institute (as Dr. Renato Dulbecco)
Jesse Greenstein .... acknowledgment: with the help of: California Institute of Technology (as Dr. Jesse Greenstein)
Paul Saltman .... we acknowledge with thanks the cooperation of: University of Calif. at La Jolla (as Dr. Paul Saltman)

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29 min

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Early Man No. 1:Hey, do you realize you just invented the wheel?
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Featured in "60 Minutes: Episode #1.1" (1968)See more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
...definitely a cult classic and a "must see" for newcomers., 28 January 2002
Author: lizannrenz from Filderstadt, Germany

I was 8 years old when this film came out, so I saw it a couple of times in school (in California). I had never seen anything like it before, nor have I seen anything to compare it with since. For example, Louis Pasteur would have probably remained uninteresting and forgettable to me had I never seen this film; it stimulated my curiosity and enthusiasm for otherwise dry, boring topics. Its short and digestible segments intrigue and entertain. We who love this film get a smile on our faces and warmth in our hearts just to hear the title spoken out loud. "Why Man Creates" is definitely a cult classic and a "must see" for newcomers. I'd love to be able to see it again and show it to my kids.

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