Fifty Million Years Ago (1925)
Article 5518 by Dave Sindelar
What it is: Short animated science documentary
A summary is made of the history of earth before the rise of man.
This is more science fact than science fiction, but fans of the fantastic may find it interesting anyway because of the inclusion of stop-motion footage of dinosaurs. However, it is best to keep one’s expectations in check here; the stop-motion footage is very low on what we would call “action”, and many of the dinosaurs do little more than move their head and neck. Granted, with a running time of eight minutes and with footage dedicated to other subjects (such as the creation of the planet), there really isn’t time for much more. And there is a certain fun ambiance to this short to compensate. Still, this one is largely for stop-motion dinosaur completists.