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Destination Earth (1956)

 -  Animation | Short | Sci-Fi  -  1956 (USA)
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A Martian explorer discovers the secrets behind the USA's prosperity: oil and free enterprise!

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Complete credited cast:
Marvin Miller ...
Ogg (voice)
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Ogg, the supreme dictatorial leader of Mars, holds a special rally to celebrate the exploits of Mars' first space explorer Colonel Cosmic, who has just returned from a trip to Earth. That trip was initiated by Ogg to overcome the problems of Ogg's own explosive-powered state limousine, by finding out how state limousines on other plants operated. By chance, Cosmic landed in big city USA, where he found that all Americans could move quickly and efficiently by gasoline powered automobiles. Despite the difficulty of finding and getting the raw resource of petroleum out of the ground, petroleum and distributing it to the masses is the panacea for many of the problems that Americans may have faced otherwise, not only as that efficient fuel source, but also for the manufacture of many other transportation and non-transportation related products. Cosmic also found another important component - competition - in making America the most most prosperous nation on Earth, which, if adopted on Mars... Written by Huggo

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Objetivo - La tierra  »

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This movie is included as an extra feature on the DVD version of the movie The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream (2004). See more »

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This Brings Back Memories
6 October 2013 | by (Washington, D.C.) – See all my reviews

I was in elementary school in the 1950's, and Destination Earth is exactly the type of corporate-sponsored propaganda that our teacher would pull out of the storage closet and show us, when she hadn't had time to prepare anything else for class, or perhaps just needed a break from us. In those days, we lived on a steady diet of optimism about the U.S.A., its science, technology and freedom, and we knew it would be just a matter of time before we wiped out the Communists. And you know what? I think that was a lot better than the "we're no better than any other country" mentality that seems to be slowly permeating our classrooms today. So I'm giving this cartoon 7 stars, despite the blatant industrially-subsidized public relations spin. Plus I thought it was pretty funny in places, and it told the complex story of how oil is made in a way that was nicely sugar-coated for kids.


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