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A Is For Atom Story Detail

  • Theatrical Short
  • Cartoon Characters: Atom Creatures.
  • Originally Released in 1953.
  • Color
  • Running Time: 14:26 minutes.
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.


Cartoon Synopsis:

What an atom is, how energy is released from certain kinds of atoms, the peacetime uses of atomic energy, and the byproducts of nuclear fission. The important role of the atom in medicine, science, defense and energy is discussed. Atom smashers, cartoon characters in "Element Town" with human bodies and atom heads, and giant glowing atom creatures towering high above the earth are all depicted. Sponsored by a corporation involved in the nascent nuclear industry, the film is an animated introduction to atomic energy and designed to be, as a Business Screen reviewer reported, "entertaining but scientifically accurate." The periodic table, represented as "Element Town," depicts each element in a distinctive shape suggesting its use by humans. Radium, whose giant head resembles an atomic nucleus, decays into an unstable state and begins to jitterbug to the sound of an old Victrola. The short ends with a majestic atomic giant straddling the earth. Our future, the narrator says, "depends on man's wisdom, on his firmness in the use of that power."

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