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DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: The House of Tomorrow, 2008 style

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A 4-minute film promoting Disney's current "House of Tomorrow."

I'll admit this house is a whole heck of a lot more homey and livable than the 1957 version, but it lacks that "in the not too distant future..." sense you get from the slightly sterile 50s stuff. It doesn't feel like a set in an SF movie, and that's what all "Houses of Tomorrow" should have, quality wise.
Even so, I wouldn't mind living in something like this. Those video tabletops are especially sweet. Click through to see.

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DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: The House of Tomorrow, 1957 Style

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This was an A-ticket display at Disneyland from 1957 to 1967

These things are never terribly good at portraying the future, of course, but they are really good at giving us a window in to what people want. In fact, I still think most of that is kinda' schwee, particularly the powered cabinets and the adjustable sink. Conversely, the thought of a million people a year trying out the electric razor and the toothbrush is just nasty. Seriously: Click through and see how cringe-inducing that is.

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DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: "In The Future, All Buildings Will Look Like Bowling Trophies."

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Ignore the nazi crap in the first part of this, and take a gander at that completely amazing Soviet exhibit!

Seriously, that's just an amazing triumph of the Streamline Moderne style (or Art Deco, if you prefer), which is by its very nature kind of futuristic and spacy.

Click through to see! Since this is a soviet thing, that's obviously pretty much an order...

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DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: "Futurama II" at the 1964 World's Fair

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I know, I know, you're all sick of the boring Futurama films, but this one is much better:

25 years after the first NY World's Fair, the festivities returned to the city. GM decided to make a sequel to the improbably popular "Futurama" ride, but this one was a vast improvement. Rather than continuing to obsess over individualized speed limits for particular lanes on the highway, this one goes straight for the good stuff: Wild eyed empty promises of how cool the future will be!

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DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: The 1967 Montreal Expo

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Home movies from the '67 Expo in Canada, celebrating that country's centenial.

This was the largest fair to date, and the final one to be a comple unqualified success. Check out all the crazy architecture! We'll be seeing more of this eventually.

This fair has additional significance for SF geeks like us - the semi-abandoned ruins of the fair were eventually featured in three separate SF productions!

First was the Paul Newman/Robert Altman SF Film "Quintet" where Newman trudges through the snow past the ruins of a futuristic city.

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