What on Earth!

What on Earth!


Available options


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.

Pedagogical evaluations and study guides are only available to CAMPUS subscribers.


Features designed specifically for teachers. Learn more

Already subscribed? Sign in

Embed this code on your site

Video player width

by (( height )) Reset
  • 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

  • None

    I remember seeing this film when I was a child. It is still great fifty years later!

    None, 3 May 2021
  • Really amazing! The core of modern motion design! Great story!

    , 18 Jul 2019
  • portianay

    Ten minutes? TEN MINUTES? And I never got the point. Well, there's ten minutes of my life I can never reclaim...

    portianay, 7 Apr 2011
  • mp4c

    I have waited a long time to see this quirky short again. Definitely one of my favourites. Many thanks to all at the NFB and a special thanks to Albert.

    mp4c, 18 Mar 2010