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Topic: Awesome House of the Future video

Fri 11/16/2012 7:01a
Some of you may have seen this before, but it's new to me - the most extensive footage of the old House of the Future (1957-1966) I've ever seen. On my very first trip in 1966 it was there, but we didn't go in. On my next trip, it was already gone.

Ironically, the video is essentially a look into the past now (on so many levels) - but fascinating nonetheless.
Jim in Merced CA
Fri 11/16/2012 7:51a
That is a great find, Dabob2. Wonder if it was produced by Disney or Monsanto? And who was the audience to watch it?
Fri 11/16/2012 8:18a
I'm not sure. I'm going to guess Monsanto for several reasons: a). it's the first thing they mention, b). you see that word prominently, c). the narrator is not, I don't believe, one of the guys Disney used during that period (I don't remember all their names, but there were about 3 guys who seemed to do most of the Disney-produced narrations about DL at that time); d). I think I've seen just about everything produced about early DL for the Disney TV show and this also devotes much more time to one attraction than that show ever did.

It looks to me like something Monsanto produced - for what audience, I don't know.
Fri 11/16/2012 10:28a
What a blast from the past! I love that old 50's video style. That music was not by Disney, and the production style is likely not what Disney would have done.
He would have had the Mouseketeers in there, or Fess Parker and Buddy Ebsen in some time travel scenario.
I have one of those original brochures somewhere in my collection.
Fri 11/16/2012 10:45a
What struck me the most was how the one thing that hasn't changed is how we dress to go to a theme park. Right on! Ward and June Cleaver on Vacation. 50's style!
Fri 11/16/2012 11:04a
Your stereotypical 1950s corporate film, the exact opposite of Disney from a filmmaking standpoint. Glacial pacing, goopy production library music, hammy pantomime acting ... I LOVE IT.

Here's the full version, which has the opening credits. Produced by Bay State Film Productions for Monsanto:
Jim in Merced CA
Fri 11/16/2012 11:25a
Thanks for tracking that down, mawnck.
Sat 11/17/2012 2:21p
How exactly does a sonic dish washer work? Why doesn't the bathroom of the future have a toilet?
Sat 11/17/2012 3:58p
All foods consumed in the future are designed to completely absorb in the body, like those degradable sutures. :-)
Tue 11/20/2012 6:09p
How quaint. Living the typical American dream of mass-consumerist, throwaway living.

I'd have liked to have seen it for real. Too bad the technology dated out before I was born. When my friends see this video, they say "What's the big deal? We have all this today." I have to explain that new stuff we take for granted now was a big deal back in the 60's.

As for me, I wouldn't have wanted to live in a house like that, full of plastic. Wonder what a new House of the Future would look like if they rebuilt it. (leaving the stuff in Innoventions out of it).

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