Synopsis by Hal Erickson
In this 1957 "Tomorrowland" segment conceived and executed by Disney stalwart Ward Kimball, technical advisors Dr. Ernst Stuhlinger and Dr. Wernher Von Braun, at the time America's foremost guided-missile experts, detail the ongoing efforts to create the sort of rocketry that will enable Mankind to explore other planets. The focus is on a proposed trip to Mars, from the construction of the spaceship to the the liftoff from Cape Canaveral and the ultimate touchdown on the surface of the Red Planet. Questions raised: What will Mars be like? Can humans survive there? And what sort of life forms might we find? Highlights include a freakish cartoon parade of Martian residents, and a closing spoof of the UFO craze. Also participating in this captivating combination of live action and speculative animation is astronomer Dr. E. C. Slipher of Lowell Observatory. Mars and Beyond was released theatrically in 1958.