Disneyland: Man and the Moon (1955)

Run Time - 60 min.  |  
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Another of Disney animation director Ward Kimball's "outer space" projects, this Disneyland episode was intended as a followup to the highly praised 1955 entry Man in Space. In the early animated sequence, the Disney staff illustrates the various theories and superstitions surrounding Old Man Moon throughout the centuries. We then move on to the pioneering tales of space travel, notably the fanciful moon flight undertaken by Cyrano de Bergerac (the same). Finally, a combination of animation and live action offers a speculation of what the first manned moon flight will actually be like. With rocket scientist Wernher Von Braun providing both narration and technical advice, the film was remarkably accurate, even though it would be 13 years before Man actually set foot on the lunar surface. Rebroadcast in 1959 under the title Tomorrow the Moon, Man and the Moon was later excerpted in one of the "Ludwig Von Drake" episodes on Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color.