Saturday morning cartoons: Destination Earth 1956

29 Jan

Destination Earth was a cartoon made in 1956 for petroleum company.
I picked this cartoon for the animation, vibrant color scheme, and all those crazy mid mod type it has going on.
Here’s a plot line internet looted from IMDd:

“The American Petroleum Institute presents “Destination Earth” Color by Technicolor… The cartoon begins by establishing the planet Mars, ruled by a dictator named Ogg. The martians are small green guys with big noses and space helmets. The poor guys are herded by soldiers into a space-age colliseum where Ogg forces them to applaud as they hear his criticisms of problems with martian ground transportation — no good fuel and too much friction. A single martian is sent to Earth to find a solution. The intrepid Martian crashes his saucer into a farm, sets forth into the city, learns about the glorious benefits of petroleum AND capitalist competition, steals a few library books, and heads back to Mars. He excitedly reveals the truths he’s learned to the crowd in the colliseum. The crowd is fueled by the spirit of capitalism and the dictatorship breaks down instantly, to be replaced by the Oil Pioneers…”

Written by JasonC

The animating cast includes:
George Cannata
Bill Higgins
Joe Montell
Ken O’ Brien
Tom Ray
Ross Von Neida

Many of these animators went on to work on familair classics. Some of them include, Spider man, Scooby doo, Fat albert, H&B classics, and Disney classics (Ken O’ Brien) like sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, the Lady and the Tramp, and Bambi.


2 Responses to “Saturday morning cartoons: Destination Earth 1956”

  1. Sherry January 29, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    That was fun and educational! :mrgreen:

  2. joe mountain January 29, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    Thanks. I am really into this one. Illustratively I feel it depicts midcentury illustration pretty well but I also like seeing the technology in the 50’s the writer’s portrayed and their idea’s on what a Martian community would look like and have. IE I love them ol’ cars and those Martian helmets.

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