Mars and Beyond ble produsert av Disney i 1957 og tar for seg mulighetene for å finne liv på andre planeter, og da særlig på Mars. Filmen begynner med å blande vitenskap og science fiction, men tar etterhvert et mer seriøst spor. Blant annet får vi ern gjennomgang av alle planetene i solsystemet.
Filmen slutter med en reise til Mars. Den ligger på YouTube i flere deler, men jeg fikk ikke playlisten til å fungere. Nedenfor kan du spille av de øvrige delene:
"Mars and Beyond" was a one-hour TV special originally shown in 1957 as a Tomorrowland episode on ABC's weekly "Disneyland" TV program. It's basically an educational film done in color with very creative animation supervised by Ward Kimball about man's relation to the stars, conditions for life on Mars and options for exploring Mars. This film is now available on DVD as part of the 2-disc set entitled, "Walt Disney Treasures: Tomorrowland: Disney in Space and Beyond." The piece is slow going at first, with a few live educational segments of scientists in offices explaining stuff to viewers. There are a couple of long cartoon sequences filled with gags that will entertain some and irritate others. One shows the history of man's relationship to the stars and another shows typical science fiction renditions of Martian invasion stories. These are done in the limited animation gag cartoon style perfected earlier in the decade by the UPA cartoon studio ("Gerald McBoing-Boing," "Christopher Crumpet," et al). The sense of humor is pretty juvenile (Chuck Jones was doing much funnier Martian-themed cartoons over at Warner Bros.) and the style is all too reminiscent of UPA cartoons and other Disney shorts of the time, such as the Oscar-winning "Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom."