In 1950 the genius independently filmed movie Destination Moon was released. It stood as the trail blazing sci-fi movie that genuinely tried to examine the dangers of man attempting to fly to the moon and return safely back to Earth. The movie was produced by the combined genius of producer George Pal and the prolific actor/director Irving Pichel. It was co-written by Robert A. Heinlein, based on his novel Rocket Ship Galileo.
To coincide with the movie a comic book was produced to tell the story, but also inject scientific facts about travel to the moon into the story. In addition Pal included the famous cartoon character Woody Woodpecker, as he was a friend of Woody creator Walter Lantz. Woody featured in a cartoon that was shown as a short alongside Destination Moon, as well as being cleverly inserted into the the movie itself. The itself comic book stands out as a classic and early movie tie-in.
The Quiet Earth is sci-fi in the tradition of serious, thought provoking and philosophically driven sci-fi of the 70s. Here there are no aliens, no big special effects, no clever bells and whistles. Just simple story telling, exploring the loneliness of psychological effects of being the last humans on the planet.
Along with the Japanese animations Astro-Boy and Gigantor, Speed Racer was one of the earliest examples of anime to find success outside of Japan. The animation for Speed Racer utilized a lot of stock repeat footage, as many animations of the era did, but stood out in its stylistic dynamic design. Using a framing and style directly lifted from the manga series, the animation gave viewers the feeling of speed through fast pans, off-centre angles, and extreme close-ups. All edited at frenetic break-neck speed.