Thursday, 25 August 2011

Walt Disney's War of the Worlds

As yet, neither Disney nor anyone else has braved a serious, animated version of H.G. Wells' classic invasion story The War of the Worlds. However, Ward Kimball dabbled briefly in it during the course of the Disneyland television episode Mars and Beyond. Like the previous two installments of the Man in Space trilogy, Mars and Beyond introduced the subject of interplanetary travel by recounting fictional tales of Martian exploration. Amongst those was War of the Worlds.

Their true form.

Attacking in their tripods.

Sneezing themselves to death.


Xenorama said...

is this out on DVD? I'd love to see it.

Cory Gross said...

It's on the out-of-print Walt Disney Treasures: Tomorrowland DVD. I'm sure one could also find it on YouTube ^_^

Sean K. Dunkley said...

One of my favourites amongst the Disney's Nine, got to love Kimball's interpretation/depiction of the martians.

Adam said...

This one, along with the one with the cameo from Donald Duck that also plays at the Sci-Fi Diner is also a winner

grouchomarxist said...

All hail the mighty YouTube!

Thanks so much for pointing that out, Cory: I'd been aware of these episodes for years, from production stills and the such- like, but never before had a chance to see them. I'm just a bit too young to have watched them when they were originally aired.

Considering that one of my hobbies is collecting 50s space travel lit (I have all the Ley/Bonestell collaborations, even a first edition of von Braun's "The Mars Project") they were absolutely fascinating. Gorgeous animation and special effects.

Very much of their time and place, though: Space will be conquered exclusively by white guys. And even though the writers dug up some pretty obscure authors from the history of the space-faring genre, Tsiolkovsky was conspicuously absent from the roster. I wonder why that was ...