Around the World in Eighty Days

Genre: Animation, Comedy
30 min

Jules Verne wrote many books.

He was able to transfer

his soaring imagination to print.

His predictions were bold.

What he wrote was regarded

as fantastic fiction...

but much of it has become fact.

Flying machines,

submarines, television, rockets.

But not even his imagination

could shrink the earth...

to the point it has now reached.

He wrote a book called

From the Earth to the Moon.

And in Paris,

that authentic genius Georges Mlis...

turned it into a movie, 35 millimeter...

just as you're looking at it now.

lt was, of course, fantasy.

But as of now,

no one has yet gone to the moon...

to see whether Mlis was right.

Here is the actual film

as Mlis' camera recorded it...

at the turn of the century.

I suppose that since man

began to waIk upright,,,

he has been interested in space and speed,

He has wondered increasingIy

about the pIanets he sees in the sky,

The stretching fingertips of science

have moved him higher and faster,,,

than man has ever moved before,

One of JuIes Verne's characters,

a fanatic and a dreamer,,,

argues for the construction

of a rocket to the moon,

After reasoned discourse,

the venture is Iaunched,

This is the first photographic dissoIve,

This is a do-it-yourseIf rocket,

Rockets have changed,

Photography has changed,

Costumes have changed,

But some things remain unchanged,

even in Verne and MIis'imagination,

JuIes Verne's rocket returns to the earth,,,

a minor pIanet,

where fiction Iags behind fact,

Ten, nine,,,

eight, seven, six, five,,,

four, three, two, one, Fire!

There is, in this power of destruction,,,

aIso the promise of hope,

A worId of unIimited power

and IimitIess hope,

Man has devised a method

of destroying most of humanity,,,

or of Iifting it up to high pIateaus

of prosperity and progress,,,

never dreamed of

by the boIdest dreamer,

You are now Iooking

at the receding shape of this pIanet Earth,

This is how the earth Iooks

from a camera in the rocket,

JuIes Verne wrote a book

about going around the worId in 80 days,

He even predicted

it couId be done in 80 hours,

Today it can be done

in Iess than haIf that time,

But each journey must have an end,

Speed is good

onIy when wisdom Ieads the way,

The end of this journey,,,

whether to the high horizons of hope

or the depths of destruction,,,

will be determined

by the collective wisdom...

of the people who live

on this shrinking planet.

There was a time not so long ago

when learned men thought that was flat.

Around The WorId In 80 Days

is the Jules Verne classic.

And the world was already shrinking

when it was written.

And that was in 1872.

Get your morning paper here.

All about the bank robbery here.

Paper, sir?

-Good morning, sir.

-Good morning, Thorndyke.


-Yes, sir.

Someone's been tampering

with my TeIegraph. The pages are crushed.

One of the members borrowed it

to read about the robbery.

You mean it's been used?

-Kindly remove it and send for a fresh one.

-At once, sir.

l'm a patient man, Hinshaw,

but don't trespass on my good feelings.

Pilbeam ! Did you hear that?

-Some fellow stole that chap's paper.

-The devil you say!

Word of honor.

First time it's happened here,

to my knowledge, in 45 years.

The club's going to the dogs.

Next thing you know,

the members will be talking to each other!

-Yes, it's the thin end of the wedge.

-Oh, dog!

-lce, my lord?


Certainly not.

What do l look like, a polar bear?

Sorry, sir. Several of the members use it

now and then.

Learned it from some Yankee, l dare say.

Those redskins over there drink anything.

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James Poe

James Poe (October 4, 1921 – January 24, 1980) was an American film and television screenwriter. He is best known for his work on the movies Around the World in 80 Days for which he jointly won an Academy Award in 1956, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Summer and Smoke, Lilies of the Field, and They Shoot Horses, Don't They?. He also worked as a writer on the radio shows Escape and Suspense, writing the scripts for some of their best episodes, most notably "Three Skeleton Key" and "The Present Tense", both of which starred Vincent Price. Poe was married to actress Barbara Steele from 1969 to 1978. more…

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