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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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Cast

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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Imagine how much trouble it took to make a film this dull!
13 November 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Aesthetically speaking, this is a rather poorly animated film--much like a UPA short like Gerald McBoing-Boing or Mr. Magoo. The backgrounds are very simple and the characters are very simple. As for the story, it's all a lot of propaganda expounding on the wonders of petroleum--just the sort of preachy film kids hated back in the good old days.

It begins on Mars where there is a leader much like Big Brother from "1984". At a huge lecture where everyone is forced to attend, he has one of the planet's astronauts talk about his recent trip to Earth. The green guy talks about the joy of automobiles, oil and gas. Some of the stuff in the film is a bit cute...but most of it comes off as preachy and an obvious advertisement for the oil industry the longer the film progresses. It's incredibly weird when you see it today. Kids back in the 50s must have absolutely dreaded when their teachers showed them this sort of crap.


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