Animated traditional presenting what an atom is, how power is launched from sure sorts of atoms, the peacetime makes use of of atomic power and the byproducts of nuclear fission.

Presents in lay phrases what an atom is, how power is launched from sure sorts of atoms, the peace-time makes use of of atomic power and the by-products of nuclear fission.

Ken Smith sez: This animated brief is without doubt one of the higher “benevolent atom” movies launched within the ’50s. The weather are depicted as people with big molecule heads; radioactive parts are proven dancing frantically. Atomic Vitality is a big glowing define man. Nice mid-’50s free-form artwork backgrounds. Greatest scenes: 1) Dancing molecules bouncing into one another in “Element Town” and a couple of) the majestic, ethereal atomic big seen straddling the Earth on the finish of the movie.

Though the “Atoms for Peace” marketing campaign was formally launched in 1957, company America started to advertise peaceable makes use of of atomic power as early as the primary few months after Hiroshima. A Is For Atom, an artifact of this effort, takes this extremely loaded and threatening concern straight to the general public in an try to “humanize” the determine of the atom.
A Is For Atom speaks of 5 atomic “giants” which “man has released from within the atom’s heart”: the warrior and destroyer, the farmer, the healer, the engineer and the analysis employee. Every is pictured as an impressive, shimmering define determine towering over the earth. “But all are within man’s power Ñ subject to his command,” says the narrator reassuringly, and our future relies upon “on man’s wisdom, on his firmness in the use of that power.”
Basic Electrical, a long-time producer of electrical home equipment, energy technology vegetation, and nuclear weapon elements, is staking a declare right here, asserting their curiosity in managing and exploiting this new and bewildering expertise. Its pitch: that is highly effective, horrifying, near-apocalyptic expertise, however managed with firmness, it may be worthwhile and promising. This “Trust us with the control of technology, and we’ll give you progress without end” pitch resembles what we have seen in movies like Basic Motors’ To New Horizons (on the Ephemeral Movies disc). However the car, in fact, wasn’t a weapon of mass destruction.
In its first two years of launch, A Is For Atom was seen by over seven million folks on this model and a shortened ten-minute theatrical minimize. In 1953 it received first prizes in each the Columbus (Ohio) and Turin (Italy) Movie Festivals, the Freedoms Basis Award, an “oscar” from the Cleveland Movie Competition, and a Advantage Award from Scholastic Instructor. In 1954 it received first prize within the Stamford Movie Competition, a Golden Reel Award from the American Movie Meeting, and a second Grand Award from the Venice Movie Competition. The movie was remade within the mid-sixties and remains to be obtainable for rental.
Like different John Sutherland movies, A Is For Atom presents a portentious message in a visually pleasant and sometimes self-deprecating method. “Element Town” and its quirky inhabitants, together with hyped-up Radium and somnolent Lead, is unforgettable, and the animated chain response manages to keep away from any suggestion of nuclear concern.

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RichardCollier


August 29, 2019
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Possession

Whats up,

Simply questioning if there any manner of proving that this video is public area and is not owned by anyone else?

– August 29, 2019Ownership

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April 25, 2016
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Elegant Academic Movie

Basic Electrical in addition to Westinghouse, Bell Phone and plenty of different analysis corporations produced a plethora of academic movies for the general public faculty programs and documentary tv.

“A is for Atom” is, together with the Bell Phone Science Sequence, thought-about to be among the finest academic science movies ever produced. The 1952 model is in public area and simple to seek out. The improved 1964 model is tougher to acquire.

In 14 brief minutes the movie is ready to clarify the construction of an atom, the operate and structure of the Periodic Chart of the weather, in addition to industrial and medical functions of nuclear science. It manages to take action in a extremely attractive method.

Those that name it “propaganda” achieve this as a result of they name something propaganda that goes towards their beliefs. The movie is solely a science movie that’s representing a selected side of power manufacturing and utility, nothing extra nothing much less. It’s a prime quality movie, that doesn’t endure the overt political bias that a lot of at the moment’s so-called “educational” productions do.

– April 25, 2016Classy Academic Movie

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September 30, 2010
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A is for Atom

A is for Atom

– September 30, 2010A is for Atom

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Adriano Pieres

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June 16, 2010
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Tranlsate to Portuguese

I’ve a translation to Portuguese, free. Please contact me and I’ll ship. adrianopieres@ yahoo.com.br

– June 16, 2010Tranlsate to Portuguese

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Might 16, 2008
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the most effective video i’ve seen

That is the most effective i’ve seen and offered to a category. Sustain the good work!

– Might 16, 2008the greatest video i’ve seen

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January 29, 2008
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This in Customary Def (720 by 480)

Does anybody now the place I can get this cartoon in Sandard Definition (720 by 480)?

– January 29, 2008This in Customary Def (720 by 480)

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December 22, 2006
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Good

very academic and entertaining. A should have obtain.

– December 22, 2006Good

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December 22, 2006
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An informative ACCURATE explaination

Correct, informative, explaination and data on a few of the makes use of of radioactivity
and byproducts of nuclear analysis….
however in fact, it HAS to be propaganda
as a result of it got here from the US
and the evil males who developed the expertise.

Different reviewers take heed,
if you happen to get inoperable Most cancers, ensure
you refuse radiation remedy as a result of many
of the methods, analysis and supplies
developed to deal with Most cancers with radiation
got here from the identical evil propaganda-
producing corporations – Basic Electrical
and Westinghouse.

– December 22, 2006An informative ACCURATE explaination

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October 7, 2006
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Fulfilling propaganda movie!

One of the fulfilling propaganda movies ever made, I cherished this splendidly animated movie. It’s extremely Retro, and since i like retro, i loved this advert. For those who just like the animation of fifty’s cartoons, you’ll get pleasure from this movie. It’s extremely optimistic, Capturing a time earlier than we knew the hazards of nuclear energy. I am towards nuclear energy, however that dos not cease me from loving this movie. I ponder what folks considered it when it was launched? I am very curious. Value downloading!

– October 7, 2006Enjoyable propaganda movie!

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April 15, 2006
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A is for Apathy

A traditional piece of Civil Protection propaganda. Love that outdated CD emblem. A pyramid? Laying it on somewhat thick there, “them.” Nonetheless do not assume its propaganda? Um, GE paid for it…GE! Who higher to advertise atomic power?

Whereas surprisingly informative for propaganda (iodine 131, take a word), its declaration of the UN being “Men of Good Will” is disturbingly hilarious. Laden with double-speak (“War for Survival”) this globalist-animation makes the “New World of the Atomic Age” look fairly horrifying. I imply these gouache matte work are beautiful…however electrical giants, mad german scientists and hypnotic kings? I see them in my nitemares. Strive bringing within the NWO with puppies and daisies, fools.

– April 15, 2006A is for Apathy

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August 15, 2005
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The stylin’ Atomic Age!

This is a wonderful cartoon that is each very entertaining and surprisingly informative. The readability with which it dispatches its academic payload would make it a fairly efficient educating device at the moment, and the animation is extremely fashionable. The movie has the very optimistic tone and it is fascinating to see what predictions have come to move (medical analysis), and what haven’t (nuclear planes and trains!). Nice stuff.

– August 15, 2005The stylin’ Atomic Age!

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August 3, 2005
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Glorious!

I would identical to to make the purpose that this movie would not say that ‘males of science’ found radioactivity like was instructed, what it really says is: “…its discovery gave men of science an idea…”.

This movie is nice. The depth is astonishing. The manages to the touch on topics like binding power, robust nuclear pressure and Einstein’s mass-energy precept – not intimately clearly, however it’s all right here…
Regardless of this although, it nonetheless stays actually clear in the way in which it presents ideas.
I want this was used as a educating video once I was at college!

– August 3, 2005Excellent!

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April 28, 2005
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House Age Design

The animation on this brief is prime notch. The visul design is true House Age stuff, value anticipating type alone.

– April 28, 2005Space Age Design

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Elmer McJimsey

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March 31, 2005
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Males of science

The one a part of this that made me spit up my beer laughing was the comment that “Men of Science” found the radioactivity of radium. I consider that Marie Curie recieved the Nobel Prize for that discovery…

– March 31, 2005Men of science

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April 25, 2004
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Informative

It is a excellent movie. The animation is extraordinarily cool (not simply because its from 1953). Additionally, the movie may be very informative regardless that it was produced so way back. As well as, this can be very fascinating and entertaining. I give it 5 stars. Bravo!

– April 25, 2004Informative

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March 28, 2004
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Most informative!

This is not unhealthy one in any respect, aside of, ahem, cheesiness displayed by this period’s movies normally. Even when it is barely dated, I would not hesitate to make use of this as an academic movie even at the moment – with some additional dialogue and clarifications, in fact. Fairly informative.

– March 28, 2004Most informative!

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March 15, 2004
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Traditional

The definitive introduction to the Atomic Age, by means of unbelievable, imaginative animation. An absolute traditional, for causes each intentional and in any other case, and a pleasure to take a look at. Extremely advisable.

– March 15, 2004Classic

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October 23, 2003
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Lovely

Although it has a questionable agenda and is very glib concerning the causes for growing and utilizing the A-bomb, this movie does a few issues fairly effectively. It explains atomic physics to the layman in a really clear if reductive method, and it sports activities a few of the most stunning animation most likely ever used for such a function. The movie is wonderful to observe for the amimation alone.

– October 23, 2003Beautiful

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October 20, 2003
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A is for Atom

I actually loved the presentation. Though considerably dated, the fabric offered is definitely very factual. This could be a terrific movie to point out younger scientist. Clearly it was created to usher within the nuclear age.

– October 20, 2003A is for Atom

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July 7, 2003
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The Atomic Age Beckons

A is for Atom is primarily a pop-science movie, supposed to fight concern of atomic power by explaining the way it works scientifically. The result’s an impersonal atom, much less Oppenheimer’s “destroyer of worlds,” than a helpful pal. The chain-reaction of atomic fission appears to be like no extra horrifying than a sport of neutron pool, and lethal radiation is much like an extraordinary X-ray, and stored safely behind concrete partitions.

Basic Electrical guarantees a flurry of makes use of for atomic power, from energy to our cities to isotopes for medical analysis. At this level, industrial nuclear energy vegetation had but to be constructed, and nuclear-powered trains, planes, ships have been wonders on the horizon. Simply as unstable parts are transmuted to guide, the nightmarish monster of atomic conflict is transmuted into a delicate big of business progress.

A is for Atom leaves us with the message “On man’s wisdom.. on the firmness of the use of his power depends the future of his children.” Basic Electrical meant that solely using atomic power would enable mankind to meet its potential. On reflection, the dearth of knowledge of GE and authorities scientists and engineers, who oversold the potential for atomic power, downplayed its risks, and rationalized the deaths of 1000’s of employees and civilians from radiation make the “atomic age” nothing however a relic of Nineteen Fifties thought.

– July 7, 2003The Atomic Age Beckons

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January 31, 2003
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Spot the Propaganda

This movie opens with an atomic blast and a short point out of the UN as a pressure in retaining nuclear weapons in test, however rapidly turns to elucidate nuclear energy and its peaceable makes use of. Nuclear power is offered as a pressure of nature that can be utilized for nice profit, versus the frequent view at the moment that nuclear power is “scary”. The viewer must decide what features of the outdated and new views of nuclear power is propaganda.

Technically, the movie is pretty correct, although the robust nuclear pressure is offered as glue. The movie’s graphic type may be very a lot according to the 50’s.

– January 31, 2003Spot the Propaganda

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January 29, 2003
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A Is for Atom

This one ought to have been known as Our Good friend, the Atom. Consider a film with that title and you will come fairly near this 50s animated movie about atomic power. It does a fairly good job of explaining the fundamentals of nuclear physics (or an oversimplification of the fundamentals), however its visible metaphors are concurrently weird and really consultant of 50s tradition. Instance: Steady parts reside respectable lives in 50s homes, whereas radioactive parts spend all evening partying, hopping from bar to bar, till their power burns out and so they develop into one of many steady plenty. Atomic power is all the time offered with gee-whiz awe, as the most recent scientific marvel of the twentieth century, and regardless that atomic weapons and atomic explosions are portrayed, it isn’t even hinted at for a second that there may probably be any draw back to this excellent discovery (“miraculous” is a phrase that’s used regularly). The visuals inform the story, nevertheless. Atomic Vitality as a assemble is portrayed as a ghostlike big man who appears to be like type of like a robotic model of Mr. Clear, solely big. And there is numerous them, looming over factories, farms, hospitals, energy vegetation, and different locations atomic power is used. The cumulative impact is that of an atomic Massive Brother watching over us all. It is a highly effective metaphor for the horrifying presence of nuclear weapons and their mass harmful energy, however it’s fully unconsious, which makes it way more disturbing to my thoughts. This makes the movie a traditional of the atomic scare movie style.
Rankings: Camp/Humor Worth: ****. Weirdness: ****. Historic Curiosity: *****. General Score: *****.

– January 29, 2003A Is for Atom

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January 3, 2003
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The Atomic Age

Glorious academic movie from 1952. I am from Idaho Falls, and visited that AEC (now the INEEL)website just a few instances in my earlier years on the market within the desert. True, Atomic metropolis was the primary metropolis to be powered from nuclear energy. The 1950’s have been positively an period of the schooling of the Atom since we needed to put together ourselves the Soviet menace of conflict throughout that point, for it was the peak of the period of the Chilly Struggle. (Mr. Spuzz must study somewhat extra of our American historical past so he could be a little extra appreciative and broadminded of occasions that occurred on this nation).

– January 3, 2003The Atomic Age

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December 9, 2002
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B is for Blinding!

Fascinating, if considerably simplistic detailing of how atoms got here to vary our day by day lives. Considerably boring scientific mumbo-jumbo thrown in.. this isn’t essentially the most entertaining movie on the planet, however is bound one of many scariest.

– December 9, 2002B is for Blinding!

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September 21, 2002
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very fulfilling

i favored this animation brief very a lot. nice early 50’s animation. and narration too. it’s nevertheless a propaganda movie produced by basic electrical. an enormous pioneer within the “atomic age”. in case you are ever on us freeway 20/26 by means of idaho, cease on the inel (idaho nationwide engineering laboratory) close to atomic metropolis. the worlds first atomic energy plant is there in addition to two nuclear jet engines. each have been constructed by basic electrical. neither was efficient. jfk killed this system in 61. you can even see the secert stuff within the distance.

– September 21, 2002very fulfilling

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