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What on Earth!

(La Terre est habitée!)

Year: 1966
Language: English
Format: 35mm Colour
Runtime: 10 min
Director: Kaj Pindal, Les Drew
Producer: Wolf Koenig, Robert Verrall
Writer: Kaj Pindal
Cinematographer: Kjeld Nielsen
Animation: Kaj Pindal, Les Drew
Sound: Ron Alexander, Roger Lamoureux
Music: Don Douglas
Narration: Donald Brittain
Production Company: National Film Board of Canada

This clever and funny satire on humanity’s obsession with automobiles features the characteristically droll perspective of Kaj Pindal and the dry wit of Les Drew. Invaders from Mars arrive and conclude that cars are the true inhabitants of Earth and that humans are parasites infesting the autos. Lighthearted and whimsical, while still offering a trenchant – and prescient – comment on the environmental costs of our reliance on automobiles, What on Earth! received an Academy Award® nomination for Animated Short Subject.