History of cars in cartoons

Amid sez, "In the 1950s and 1960s, as cars became a fixture of contemporary life, animators made all kinds of films about automobile culture, exploring its history, its prevalence within society, its effect on human behavior, as well as its future possibilities and potential consequences. These films didn't merely feature cars as plot devices, but made a satirical commentary on the institutions of driving and vehicle ownership. On Cartoon Brew, I've curated a collection of nine animated shorts that offer a unique window into our relationship with cars during the Golden Age of the automobile."

These films are, of course, mostly valuable as historical markers. Today, as our environmentally-conscious world shifts into a post-auto culture, we worry less and less about the anxieties of driving and car ownership. The contemporary animator views cars through a different prism, one that is most effectively reflected in Pixar’s Cars. John Lasseter’s film no longer questions or considers the idea of the car, but rather offers a wistful nostalgic ode to the golden age of the automobile, a bygone era that can only be glimpsed by looking into the rear-view mirror.

Modern Car-Toons: A Look At Autos In Mid-Century Animation (Thanks, Amid!)

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4 Responses to “History of cars in cartoons”

  1. nowimnothing says:

    tl:dw version, retro futurism kicks in at 39:00

  2. Sean Nelson says:

    Sad how many of these ideas haven’t been developed.  Self-illuminated, heated highways?  Yes please! 

  3. Antinous / Moderator says:

    Apparently, nobody makes giant scissors any larger than 36″ anymore.  That’s depressing.

  4. Al_Packer says:

    I have seen the future, and it sucks.

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