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Any American public schools student born before about 1975 surely saw most of these films in school, and I wouldn’t be surprised if many born AFTER 1975 saw them as well. They are, of course, terribly dated by now, but that only adds to the fun and the nostalgia. They also do a pretty good job of explaining the facts as they were known back then. For example, the film UNCHAINED GODDESS (dealing with weather) does a better job of explaining the Coriolis effect than any explanation I was given in college level physics classes. I would further guess that the success and proliferation of this series of cartoons (and certain others not listed here) at this time was largely prompted by an American Culture that nearly panicked in 1957 when the Soviets launched the first satellite, Sputnik. The very next year, loads of emergency ‘catch-up’ legislation came out of Congress, especially the creation of NASA and the National Defense Education Act of 1958, which provided a first rate science facility to every secondary school in America, no matter how rural.
So, for those of you 35 and older, sit back and watch a little nostalgic fun from 6th grade. For those younger, you may want to preview this before showing it to your kids – the info and the technique are quite dated. At this point, these films are really more history (this is how they taught science when Grandma was a girl) than science. The films have no subtitles, so no .srt files.
“The Bell Laboratory Science Series was a series of educational films made for Bell Labs by Frank Capra, Walt Disney, and others. Each film explored a single subject in detail. The host of the first eight films was Dr. Research, played by Frank C. Baxter. The host for the last film in the series was Walt Disney. Each movie intertwined animation and live action to better explain the complexity of a particular subject.
Our Mr. Sun (1956)
Main article: Our Mr. Sun
Our Mr Sun examines the sun is and how it works. It was written and directed by Frank Capra, and starred Frank C. Baxter as Dr. Research, Sterling Holloway as Chloro Phyll, Lionel Barrymore as Father Time, and Marvin Miller as The Sun. This particular Bell Lab film was produced by Frank Capra and included many references to Christianity.
Hemo the Magnificent (1957)
Main article: Hemo the Magnificent
Hemo the Magnificent is an examination of what the circulatory system is and how it works. It was written and directed by Frank Capra, and starred Frank C. Baxter as Dr. Research, Mel Blanc as the squirel, and Marvin Miller as Hemo.
The Strange Case of the Cosmic Rays (1957)
Main article: The Strange Case of the Cosmic Rays
The Strange Case of the Cosmic Rays is an examination of what cosmic rays are and how they work. It was written and directed by Frank Capra, and starred Frank C. Baxter as himself and Richard Carlson as the Fiction Writer.
Meteora: The Unchained Goddess (1958)
Main article: Meteora: The Unchained Goddess
Meteora: The Unchained Goddess examines weather is and how it works. It was produced by Frank Capra, and starred Frank C. Baxter, as Dr. Research, and Mel Blanc.
Gateways to the Mind (1958)
Main article: Gateways to the Mind
Gateways to the Mind is about the five senses are and how they work. It starred Frank C. Baxter, as himself, Wilder Penfield, and Hadley Cantrell.
The Alphabet Conspiracy (1959)
Main article: The Alphabet Conspiracy
The Alphabet Conspiracy examines language and its history. It starred Frank C. Baxter as Dr. Research, Hans Conried as Mad Hatter, and Daws Butler.
Thread of Life (1960)
Main article: Thread of Life
Thread of Life is about DNA is and how it works. It starred Frank C. Baxter, as himself, and Mel Blanc.
About Time (1962)
Main article: About Time
About Time examines time. It starred Frank C. Baxter, as himself, and Richard Deacon.
The Restless Sea (1964)
Main article: The Restless Sea
The Restless Sea is an examination of the oceans. It starred Walt Disney, as himself, and Sterling Holloway.”