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DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: The House of Tomorrow in Parody Form

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This mediocre 1946 MGM cartoon - but then aren't all MGM cartoons kinda' mediocre? - is a deliberate parody of those "House of Tomorrow" shorts and displays from World's Fairs.
Despite the lack of inspiration in this, I totally dig the 40s animation style and the whole late-deco look of it all.

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DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: Cylons of the Great Depression

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First comes the surly attitude - toots - and then comes the cigarettes and the next thing you know you've got Tricia Helfer running around in that little red number sleeping with british people and killing babies at the flea market. It's inevitable.
Though not a 'real' robot, it's more real than he appears. He was actually somewhat autonomous, there wasn't a guy in a suit pretending to be a robot.

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DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: Will they still serve tea in the City of Tomorrow?

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Part of a 1941 british cartoon that appears to be a semi-parody of the world of tomorrow, but then it unexpectedly turns in to a commercial for tea. Granted, it's a parody, but it's not a whole-hearted parody. Clearly whoever made this thinks it's cool. Click through to see. 'Cuz, you know, this post went up at noon, and you're kinda' hungry, and maybe thinking about tea anyway...

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DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: Monorail! Monorail! Monorail! Mono-D'oh!

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If there's a pie-in-the-sky Worlds Fair concept that typifies the 20th Century obsession of the future, it's the monorail: Dozens have been built, it's clearly feasable with off-the-shelf technology, it looks freakin' cool, and yet....tumbleweeds and crickets chirping. Nothing ever comes of it, you know? The only organization that's ever really been able to make a go of Monorails is Disney.

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DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: The Fashions of the Future, Nine Years In To The Past

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"It's the sleeves what does it"

Most of this doesn't look to ridiculous to my untrained male eye, and I can actually see chicks going nuts for the "Cantilevered Shoes," but what the freackin' bloody hell is up with the viking prince thing the guy is wearing.

Click through for the hilarity

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DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: "Conspicuous Consumption makes our Love Stronger!" (1956)

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Yet another "the future is cool" film aimed at women
in this case, rather shrill atonal 1950s women with really short hair. Bankers, I guess.
This short is so all-over-the-place that it's actually kind of legendary. I mean, it's a really bad musical, it's future cars, it's a kitchen of tomorrow, really, what the hell were they trying to do here? What are they even selling? Since portions of it are so amazingly cheezy, bits of it used to turn up here and there on MTV and Night Flight and stuff like that.
Click through to see!

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DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: "You Will"

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It's amazing how fast the future becomes old-hat. Back in 1993 when AT&T ran these adds, most of this stuff looked amazingly fun and Buck Rogersy.
In particular, the 'navigation' system seemed too good to be true. Now, virtually all of this stuff is taken for granted, and in only 16 years.

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DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: The Kitchen of 1999, as seen from 1967

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A surprising number of these promo films are aimed at women, and most concern domestic duties. There's a ton of "Kitchens of Tomorrow" and most are kinda' cool. Despite how stagey and flat the direction is in this little film, and how little actual cooking is done ("In the future, everyone will eat space food!"), the concept of a 'home computer' was pretty new and beyond-cutting-edge in those days. Not to mention the still-fairly-neat concept of a "Smart Kitchen" that regulates your diet. Click through to see.

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