Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Walt Disney's From the Earth to the Moon

Unfortunately for film fans, Walt Disney's forays into the source material provided by Jules Verne ended with 1961's In Search of the Castaways. The company didn't stop there, finding ample inspiration for theme park attractions like Disneyland Paris' Space Mountain and Tokyo Disneysea's Mysterious Island. For celluloid, however, we are limited to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Castaways.

Yet he couldn't stay away entirely. In both Man in Space and Man and the Moon, Ward Kimball went to Verne to illustrate humanity's fascination with the greater cosmos. Both of these episodes of the Disneyland television series had short, animated impressions of From the Earth to the Moon.




From Man in Space. This animated sequence
transitioned to a clip from Georges Méliès'
A Trip to the Moon.






From Man and the Moon.

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