“Best Movie Shot in Space” A.Boxer saied. There are the usual suspects as KUBRICK’s 2001, all this strange Star-Wars-Treck-Alien-bang-bumm-zork-splatter flicks of the 70s, or the 50s invasion flicks (with the notable exception of Forbidden Planet with a young Leslie NIELSEN), or the older serials like Flesh Gordon.
I surely did not choose the best thing shot in(to) space, but one of the earliest I remember to have watched on the heavy black-white-television-set we had at the beginning of the 1970s, after the move into the big city.
It’s “RAUMPATROUILLE – Die phantastischen Abenteuer des Raumschiffs Orion” (Ger., Eng.), commonly known as “Raumschiff Orion” / “Spaceship Orion”, aired for the first time 1966, when Gene RODDENBERRY’s spaceship Entenscheiß was still a wet dream.
Kampf den Frogs !
(Attention: Music starts very loud.)
“Favorite animation” the boxer said.
There are some animations I like. For example “la linea” (Ger., Eng.) for it’s striking simplicity; everything Wallace and Gromit by Nick Park; the inescapables from the sixties like Wile E. Coyote, whom I liked best because he never gave up. Here the cheap, phantastic and touching Japanese monster flics must be mentioned, Godzilla marching over the model railroad is so cool! The atomic subtext can’t be missed.
But one lady deserves special reference and reverence, Lotte Reiniger (Ger., Eng.). From the early 1920s until the seventies she made silouhette animations, often together with her husband Carl Koch, who worked for Renoir on “La Grande Illusion“. Her films, long or short, were of wonderful quality; due to the tide of times and events we call history what we see today are mostly copies of copies (see article on AWN here).
Here is a short one from 1937, “The Tocher”, she and Carl somehow managed to produce while living under restricted conditions as refugee-tourists in Britain. Do not miss to look for her works on youtube, it is worth it, an expressionistic dreamland.