Man's Search for Happiness (1964)
In a film entitled "The Mormon Pavilion at the New York World's Fair (1964)" the short "Man's Search For Happiness" was combined with a fifteen minute introduction with scenes shot at the fair including interested visitors touring the World's Fair Mormon Pavilion. Questions concerning the theme of the pavilion were posed in this film.
A new version was produced and released in 1986 using essentially the same script. The original narration and narrator were retained, as was the same music score (re-mixed) with the use of The Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Visuals were updated with a new cast in new locations, including Nathan Hale (as "The Grandfather"), but unlike the orginal film, no animated sequences were included.
After the New York World's Fair run, the original 1964 film was released for use by the LDS church with the soundtrack translated into Samoan, Tongan, Navajo, Mandarin, and Japanese. With the approach of Expo '70 in Osaka, Japan it was decided to produce an all new version with Japanese characters. Robert Stum (director of photography), Doug Johnson (art direction), and Judge Whitaker (director-producer) flew to Japan in July, 1969 and began production. The rest of the crew was Japanese, and the script re-written to suit the Japanese setting. A 10 day shooting schedule was planned, and the studio shots were completed in 7 days, with only the closing exterior shot remaining. Weather only allowed that shot to be wrapped three days later. The film was shown in the Mormon Pavilion at Expo '70. Attendance over 6 months tallied at 6,658,532 visitors, and the film was also shown elsewhere in cultural halls for those who could not get into the pavilion.