Saturday, August 22, 2015

I Miss the Old Days

How to Drive Safely, According to a Martian-Filled 1959 PSA: This midcentury driver’s education film somehow manages to connect aliens, reckless driving, and Biblical teachings with the help of a whimsical talking car from Mars.

5 comments:

Bill Crider said...

Reposting Art Scott's comment here, where it belongs.

Anonymous said...
Despite the odd religious overtones, this is a surprisingly hip little film, certainly way cooler than the driver safety films I had to sit through. Gerald McBoing-Boing style animation, cool jazz score by Benny Golson performed by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, voice done by Howie Morris (Your Show of Shows, Ernest T. Bass on Andy Griffith). Hipster Methodists, who'd a thunk it?
Art Scott

Daniel Stumpf said...

I came away from this convinced that bad driving had prevented an alien invasion.

Bill Crider said...

And maybe it did.

Todd Mason said...

William Bernal also wrote kids' series Tom Terrific and The Wonderful Stories of Professor Kitzel...

Todd Mason said...

Without all the MENTAL FLOSS ads and such: https://archive.org/details/StopDriv1959