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.
|2||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:
|7||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).