1923 animated film about Einstein’s Theory of Relativity

[Video Link] Avi Solomon says:

“The Einstein Theory of Relativity” is a silent animated film made in 1923 that tried to explain Einstein’s work to the general public.

It was produced by Fleischer Studios, best known for their delightful Betty Boop cartoons.


  1. “best known for their delightful Betty Boop cartoons.”

    Those were both popular and delightful, but they really were BEST known for their original Popeye shorts (and movie), which were significantly more popular.

    Also, their string of Superman shorts were pretty popular, and remain pretty delightful =)

  2. In 1979, I once tried to explain orbital mechanics to my step-father, who was a Mississippi share-cropper born in 1933, turned career US Postman.  I was 10 years old and understood it completely, but could not get it through his head that there was no up and down in space because it was all relative.  Still, using that example to demonstrate relativity is quite simplistic.  But ten years before my step-father was born, it should have served as a basis to understand that science is real.

  3. The model of the two revolvers attached to the wooden wagon wheel are so far removed from our “modern” society. It is fascinating to see this used to explain a century old theory that had such a large role in creating the world today.

  4. Pretty good explanation of gravitational lensing, but it got all hand wavy with the time travel bit at the end. Wouldn’t the space ship have to go faster than the speed of light (a no-no according to Mr. Einstein) to “overtake” past rays of light?

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