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Hemo the Magnificent (1957)

A marvelous animated documentary that told everything there was to know (and more!) about Blood and the circulatory system. It was one of a series on bodily systems. In 1957 it inspired me to learn all I could about the human body.

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Frank Baxter ...
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A marvelous animated documentary that told everything there was to know (and more!) about Blood and the circulatory system. It was one of a series on bodily systems. In 1957 it inspired me to learn all I could about the human body.

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20 March 1957 (USA)  »

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La maravilla de la sangre  »

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Second of nine educational films produced by Bell Laboratories on the subjects of the sun, the human circulatory system, radioactivity, the weather, heredity, language, the oceans, the five senses, and time. Four of these films were directed by Frank Capra.These films were used regularly in classrooms since they were well produced and Bell Laboratories would supply 16mm copies of the films to schools free of charge. The films were criticized by Time Magazine as being "condescending", but embraced by nearly everyone else. See more »

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Squirrel: [Seeing a poster that is actually a picture of the human blood circulatory system] Hey, who's the guy full of red spaghetti?
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Referenced in Freaks and Geeks: Discos and Dragons (2000) See more »

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A Midsummer Night's Dream: Scherzo
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Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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Very Educational
24 February 1999 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

By God, it's been a long time since I saw this. Probably about 18 years ago?

The movie tells us (kids) all about human blood and the circulatory system. Very professionally put together--Disney-style animation, plus human actors--it was directed by Frank Capra, for pete's sake!

Kind of an overkill. I wonder if the very high production value is worth what amounts to a film-strip's worth of information on the human body? But boy will those kids watching it learn: even now I can clearly remember Dr. Baxter being challenged by Hemo himself to name what common material most resembles human blood, to which the Doctor immediately answers "sea water."


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