1939 World's Fair Chrysler 3D movie


10 Responses to “1939 World's Fair Chrysler 3D movie”

  1. arkizzle says:


    George Pál was a legend! I’m not sure this is anything to do with him though. I can’t see any references to him around, but you never know.

    Longer credits on this version:


    Cool if it was though :)

  2. arkizzle says:

    What a great little film! Some things, like the big shock-springs (I remember having a few lying about my yard as a kid, they’re rock solid), makes you wonder how they did it.
    But, really nice work. Probably the equivalent of the Honda ads, today in terms of car-ad-wow :)


  3. erzatsen says:

    what 3D?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Of course they were optomistic, WAR was in the winds, a war that was going to involve industry like never before. There was going to be money rolling about like never before. Essentially, it was going to be an open check book. Probably more oversight than our current sitation, but still pretty much open ended. Plus the ability to freeze wages, and hold the unions at bay. Lots of women workers, new to the job and not knowing what to expect.

    Heck yeah, they were optimistic as could be, Airflow or not. The end of the depression was coming with a big bang.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I saw this film in 3D at a 3D festival it is amazing to watch

    almost as much fun as the three stooges in 3d that followed

  6. ejkdreamer says:

    Actually, the movie you linked to is not the one from the 1939 Worlds Fair exhibit. The Chrysler animated film shown in ’39 was shot in black-and-white and titled “In Tune With Tomorrow.” The entire film was re-shot in 1940 using the Technicolor process, and released as “New Dimensions”, the film indexed above. This technicolor version was re-released in 1953, during the 3-D craze, and re-titled “Motor Rhythm.”

  7. Anonymous says:

    Fantastic. Where are all the inventive gee-gaws now? I’d love for a gang of retro American Industrialists to take over Chrysler and make it the prestige car for middle class Americans again. Toyotas look like turds, Hondas look like doorstops, Fords look cheap (trucks aside). Plymouth, Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge have the some of the best designers around…set a Sebring next to a Camry. Just get the reliability tweaked, or hell, just bring the cost of parts and labor down, and there you go. Where’s my solar trunk roof, my flare fenders, my foldout picnic table. Who wants a car that needs a penny taped to the back windshield to keep the rear wheels on the road? Art Deco and the Roaring 20′s are the most definitive American design statement, and it looks great.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Hey, if I’m not mistaken, the animation for this appears to have been the work of George Pal, who did a good number of industrial animations at that time– the syncopation and style seem to reflect his hand.

  9. Jason Olshefsky says:

    It’s called “Motor Rhythm” … I got to see it also in 3D at the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House on New Year’s Eve at the end of 2004. Very slick. They also showed some other stuff; the best of which was “Doom Town, USA” — a 3-D movie featuring an atomic bomb blast.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I’ve seen this film in 3D, at an archivists’ conference. Absolutely and utterly delightful. There’s a joy about the physical object that simply doesn’t exist anymore.

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