“What on Earth!” by Kaj Pindal

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 01, 2002

I just saw the neatest short film on PBS, “What on Earth!” by Kaj Pindal. The mockumentary, made in 1966 and sponsored by the National Film Board of Canada Mars, details the life of a typical Earthling (an automobile) from the perspective of the Martians. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find it anywhere online.

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Marc LaFoyJul 01, 2002 at 5:31PM

Kaj made many fine films for the NFB - check them all out…



Red? What’s with the red?

AndrewJul 02, 2002 at 6:25AM

Cartoon Network used to have a program on Sunday nights called O Canada! featuring many of the NFB’s shorts. They kept moving the time around until it finally fell off the schedule.

My favorites were Log Driver’s Waltz and Biting Flies.

hesselJul 02, 2002 at 7:09AM

mmmh, that sounds like ford prefect in the hitchikers guide to the galaxy…

gertJul 02, 2002 at 8:42AM

The dead mailman film is my all-time favorite.

fghjorthJul 02, 2002 at 11:46AM

As the bio provided by kottke says (in Danish), WOE actually earned Pindal an Oscar nomination. After leaving the NFB, he went on to work for amongst others George Lucas.

Chris WalkerJul 03, 2002 at 12:49AM

Slightly OT, but “The National Film Board Of Canada” was the inspiration for the techno duo Boards of Canada. If you haven’t heard their music, you should - it’s quite beautiful.

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