“Mars and Beyond” is a Disney broadcast from 1957 about life on other planets


You can watch the full episode of 52 minutes Mars and beyond, of the television program Wonderful World of Disney, here. It was directed by Ward Kimbal and narrated by Paul Frees.

The episode centers around what it would be like for a human to live on every planet in our solar system. This explains that most planets would be too hot or too cold for a person to survive there, but Mars might be a suitable home for us one day. March and beyond has many beautiful illustrations of alien creatures that one would not expect to see in a typical educational film.

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It begins with an introduction by Walt Disney and his robot friend Garco, which give a brief overview. It continues with an animated presentation on humanity seeking to understand the world in which he lives, first noticing the patterns in the stars and developing certain beliefs about celestial bodies. The theories of the scientists and philosophers are discussed, including inaccurate theories formerly accepted Ptolemy and those of Copernicus. Life on other planets is considered, focusing soon on Mars. The ideas of the authors of science fiction by HG Wells and Edgar Rice Burroughs come to life with a colorful animation. The comics Pulp science fiction of the time are parodied in the same tone simple as everything else (this segment presents the comic tone of Kimball and a cameo appearance in Donald Duck).

After that, the program strikes a serious tone by profiling each of the solar system’s planets, from the perspective of what would happen to a man on them. The program says that while most of the planets are either too cold or too hot for life as we know it, life on Mars could almost be normal, which is increasingly important for the future. Dr. EC Slipher then discusses the Red Planet and the possibility that life is already there. More animations speculate on what might be the conditions on Mars. This section is filled with Disney striking animations, inventive and unusual.


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