This excerpt from Mars and Beyond is one of the oddest cartoon sequences ever produced by Disney. A bizarre bevy of fantastic and imaginative Martians cavort in a speculative exploration of what might lurk on Mars. Too bad it didn’t turn out that way; I’d be first in line to visit if these silly creatures were actually in residence. The animation was aired in 1957 and directed by Ward Kimball.
The entire program is available on the DVD set Walt Disney Treasures - Tomorrowland: Disney in Space and Beyond.
And for a timely connection: check out this great piece of Ward Kimball Martian art which is up for auction in February at Heritage Auction.