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Plant Life on Mars (1957)

We looked at how Disney portrayed humans living on Mars in the 1957 Disneyland TV show "Mars and Beyond" but the depiction of possible plants on Mars may be even more imaginative.

According to Steven Watts in his book The Magic Kingdom: Walt Disney and the American Way of Life (p. 309):

"[Mars and Beyond] was the most speculative program [and] it veered near the realm of science fiction with its imaginative description of possible life forms on the planet, [and] Martian weather conditions..."


You can view a clip of the program here and you can find this program in its entirety on the DVD set Walt Disney Treasures - Tomorrowland: Disney in Space and Beyond.

See also:
Mars and Beyond (1957) 

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Wow, thanks for highlighting this; I vividly remember seeing this film at junior school ~30 years ago (on a rickety projector with bad audio sync :))

That 'plant that feeds on itself' has stayed with me ever since for some reason...

March 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterGaryG

That's bizarre. It reminds me of the French film "Fantastic Planet," which I recently saw again.

How could a plant possibly benefit from eating itself?

March 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterScott Haley

Perhaps it isn't one plant, but a composite; the outer, white plant provides protection and mobility, while the fast-growing red plant provides sustenance

March 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I've got this DVD. It's great. Wasn't it great when we could look forward to the future.

March 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

reminds me of the movie 'conquest of space 1955 the first five minutes shows a yellow flower

March 16, 2007 | Unregistered Commentersarchi

I didn't hallucinate it! Hooray! This does remind me a lot of "Fantastic Planet". And the auto-cannibalistic thingie is nuts.

April 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterEagle

Wasn't it great when we could look forward to the future.

You mean the future we threw away so we could screw in the mud at Woodstock?

July 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeadless Unicorn Guy

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