A Martian explorer discovers the secrets behind the USA's prosperity: oil and free enterprise!



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Complete credited cast:
Ogg (voice)
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Edmon Ryan ...


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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Release Date:

1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Objetivo - La tierra  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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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Really Bad Propaganda
14 November 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Destination Earth (1956)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Poorly done animation film has a martian from Mars being sent to Earth by his leader to try and find out why life in the United States is so wonderful. It turns out the secret is petroleum. This is one of those propaganda shorts from the 50s that was made to show students in school and it's easy to see why there was so many juvenile delinquents like we saw in films like REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE. Yes, I think it's fair to say that a lot of the problems with teens came from being forced to watch trash like this. I'll admit that I love watching some of these "safety" or "message" films from back in the day but this one here is so deadly dull that its 13-minute running time seems to drag on longer than ROOTS. The entire film looks extremely cheap and poor with everything from the backgrounds to the actual characters looking rushed and poorly produced. The lead martian isn't a very entertaining character so going on his journey with him simply wasn't that much fun. The entire propaganda piece on petroleum is just downright boring and sadly it never gets bad enough to where you could laugh at it. I can't imagine anyone making this thing and actually thinking kids would be remotely interesting in anything they're being told. A real dud all around.

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