Just what is the dominant life form on Earth? Looking from space, one might think it is the car

Dominant life form
Screen capture What on Earth

We often complain that cars rule the roads, and looking from space, one might think that they actually rule the planet, and are the dominant life form on Earth. This 1966 film purportedly made by the National Film Board of Mars looks at life on Earth and comes to some logical conclusions. It is actually made by the National Film Board of Canada, who write:

This animated short proposes what many earthlings have long feared – that the automobile has inherited the planet. When life on Earth is portrayed as one long, unending conga-line of cars, a crew of extra-terrestrial visitors understandably assume they are the dominant race. While humans, on the other hand, are merely parasites. An Oscar® nominee, this film serves as an entertaining case study.

Fifty years later, it still rings true, particularly the last minute.

What on Earth!, Les Drew & Kaj Pindal, National Film Board of Canada

From Canada's National Film Board, directed and animated by Les Drew and Kaj Pindal, nominated for an Academy Award.

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