Futuristic Medievalisms and The U.S. Space Program in Disney’s Man in Space Trilogy And Unidentified Flying Oddball

  • Amy Foster
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


In 1955, Walt Disney Studios started production on three unique episodes of the newly launched Disneyland television show. These episodes, known as the Man in Space trilogy, reflected the essence of the Tomorrowland section of the newly opened Disneyland Park. They both portrayed the history of man’s ideas about space and proposed some ideas about what was possible in space and how close Americans were to attaining these goals. Nearly a quarter century later, Walt Disney Pictures released the live-action motion picture Unidentified Flying Oddball (hereafter UFO), a Space-Age adaptation of Mark Twain’s 1889 novel, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. The movie celebrates the ingenuity of an awkward NASA engineer named Tom Trimble, who finds himself accidentally transported, journeying back in time in an experimental spacecraft from Cape Canaveral in late twentieth-century Florida to England’s Camelot in the early sixth century.


Space Shuttle Space Program International Geophysical Year Bubonic Plague Tyrian Purple 
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