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Our Mr. Sun (1956)

Not Rated | | Animation | TV Movie 19 November 1956
Dale Phillips (Since this is an educational film dramatizing facts about the sun it would be difficult to write a summary without spoilers. This summary is meant to excite and encourage ... See full summary »

Directors:

Frank Capra, William T. Hurtz (uncredited)

Writer:

Frank Capra
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Eddie Albert ... The Fiction Writer
Lionel Barrymore ... Father Time (voice)
Frank Baxter Frank Baxter ... Dr. Research (as Dr. Frank C. Baxter)
Marvin Miller ... Mr. Sun (voice)
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Dale Phillips (Since this is an educational film dramatizing facts about the sun it would be difficult to write a summary without spoilers. This summary is meant to excite and encourage viewing.) I saw this educational movie in elementary school in the mid-1950s. The idea was to introduce the sun and its role as center of the solar system. There are close-ups of the sun showing sunspots on the sun's violent surface. It was explained that the Earth rotates on its axis so we see the sun in daytime on our side of the Earth and our side of the earth is turned away from the sun at night. The Earth revolves around the sun in one year causing the seasons. Facts about the sun include the distance from Earth to sun, that the sun is a star, how hot the sun is no one can live there), and how the sun provides light plants need to grow and warms land and water. Without "Our Mr. Sun" Earth would be a frozen, lifeless lump and we would not be here. (I believe another film long these lines is "Hemo ...

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Animation

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 November 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Interview mit der Sonne See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Lionel Barrymore's last film role. The film was released two years after his death. See more »

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Soundtracks

Symphony No. 9 in D Minor: Ode to Joy
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Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Nostalgic and Charming
14 November 2005 | by shandy8See all my reviews

Having enjoyed this film and other science-oriented films made by Capra in Elementary school, I was delighted to see how well "Mr. Sun" holds up. Other than a brief clip featured in the movie "Gremlins", I hadn't seen or thought of these films in thirty-five years.

Apart from the obvious nostalgic emotions one associates with fond memories of childhood, this film also present scientific information about the sun in an entertaining and comprehensive way with Eddie Albert and the voice of Sterling Holloway to add charm to an already charming documentary. I would rank this film of Frank Capra with the best of Walt Disney's True Life Adventures of the same period.


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