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What on Earth!

What on Earth!

| 9 min

The NFB's 22nd Oscar®-nominated film.

This animated short proposes what many earthlings have long feared – that the automobile has inherited the planet. When life on Earth is portrayed as one long, unending conga-line of cars, a crew of extra-terrestrial visitors understandably assume they are the dominant race. While humans, on the other hand, are merely parasites. An Oscar® nominee, this film serves as an entertaining case study.

  • director
    Les Drew
    Kaj Pindal
  • animation
    Les Drew
    Kaj Pindal
  • producer
    Robert Verrall
    Wolf Koenig
  • script
    Kaj Pindal
  • commentary
    Donald Brittain
  • camera
    Kjeld Nielsen
  • re-recording
    Ron Alexander
    Roger Lamoureux
  • music
    Donald Douglas


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Ages 15 to 17

Study Guide - Guide 1

History and Citizenship Education - Culture and Currents of Thought (1500-present)
Media Education - Film Animation

Explore the filmmaker's purpose for creating this film. Was the purpose achieved? If a similar film were to be made today, what changes would need to be made to the basic concept of the film?

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