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Space Flight Short Film (Full Length) – 1962 Animation

Space Flight

Short Film (Full Length) – 1962 Animation

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Galaxies away from images of tar-addled lungs on cigarette packets, this film offers an unusual public health message about smoking. Set to rhyming couplets, the plasticine hero tries out to see if he has the right stuff to fly a rocket to Venus. There he battles the demon Nicotine, and (prefiguring Avatar’s astro-colonialism) convinces Venusians to destroy their tobacco trees. Shot in 35mm by pioneering animator Fred O’Neill, Space Flight was made for theatrical release. For reasons unknown the Health Department, who commissioned it, didn't want the film to go on general release.

 

Dive upward like inverted gannet / To settle on some other planet.
– From the narration

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For requests to re-use this title, contact Archives New Zealand.

Music

Music composed by David Farquhar and played by members of the National Orchestra (later renamed the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra)