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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.

The General Motors Motorama For 1956

From 1949 to 1961, The General Motors Motorama¬†was an annual event where General Motors showed off its current and future offerings. Sometimes those future offerings were were off in the distant future as seen in this promotion from 1956 on what life would be like in 1976. GM seemed to go the extra mile in this semi-musical, also known as an Industrial Musical. I think it’s safe to say now, 38 years later, that GM was way off the mark.

Here’s an example of a full-blown Industrial Musical by Chevrolet.