27.03.2022

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Ward Kimball

Man in Space

An unusual festival entry, Ward Kimball’s MAN IN SPACE from 1955 is an episode from the television show ‘Disneyland’ and was shown at our festival in 1958. Walt Disney himself addresses the viewer, as does the director. The film, made even before Sputnik 1 was launched, explores the topic of manned space travel and explains scientific concepts and technological advances through animation. Not only does the film strive for credibility by interviewing pioneering engineers; our contemporary knowledge gleaned from years of manned space travel makes this film and its predictions also an intriguing watch, one that was nominated as Best Documentary Short at the 1957 Oscars.

 

 

 

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