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Disney’s Take On The Highway Of The Future, 1958

The animators at Disney in 1958 were clearly on drugs when creating this cartoon about the highway of the future. This Jetsons-like portrayal where everything becomes available at the push of a button, shows driverless cars containing the conveniences of home, jet and nuclear powered automobiles, tubed highways and the odd notion that improvements in technology would allow one for greater leisure time.

They obviously failed to take into account air travel (who would drive to Egypt in an underwater oceanic highway?!), massive increases in population, the environment and more. And their color coded highway routes seem awfully similar to Disneyland’s old color-coded ticket booklets.

An amusing take on the future in any case.

Published on April 16, 2014

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