Of Stars And Men

1961, Movie, NR, 53 mins

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Evolution and man's place in the universe are explored in this charming animated fable created by John and Faith Hubley. Using Dr. Harlow Shapley's book Of Stars and Men as a basis (a volume written "to tell the people in simple language what man is and where he is in the universe of atoms, protoplasm, stars, and galaxies"), the Hubleys begin by showing the evolution of the earth and animal life. Man is introduced in the form of an arrogant boy who slowly comes to realize he's not alone in the universe. Though the ideas expressed in the story are familiar, the presentation is pure visual delight. The stylized pictures are brimming with humor and also carry a touch of pathos. The soundtrack is well suited to the images, using Hubley's children, Mark and Hamp, along with Dr. Shapley, as commentators on the action. OF STARS AND MEN is another standout in John Hubley's productive career. He worked with Disney on such films as SNOW WHITE and DUMBO before leaving to help form UPA Productions, where he created such memorable cartoon characters as Gerald McBoing Boing and the irrepressible Mr. Magoo. leave a comment

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