Earth vs. the Flying Saucers is an American black and white science fiction film, directed by Fred F. Sears and was released in 1956. The film is also known[1] as Invasion of the Flying Saucers. It was ostensibly suggested by the non-fiction work Flying Saucers from Outer Space by Donald Keyhoe. The groundbreaking flying saucer effects were created by Ray Harryhausen.

 

The film is set in 1956, a year before the first satellite, Sputnik I went into orbit. In the film, "Project Skyhook," a U.S. effort to launch a dozen satellites, is visited by a flying saucer. A misunderstanding leads to the aliens being fired on, and they retaliate by destroying the project site, killing everyone except the two principal scientists, Dr. and Mrs. Marvin (a married couple). The sequence of events quickly spirals out of control and leads to a full scale invasion. Flying saucers attack Washington, D.C., Paris, London and Moscow. In the end, the alien saucers are defeated over the skies of Washington by a device using high-power sound coupled with an electric field that stops the saucers' propulsion systems.

 

Ray Harryhausen animated the saucers in this movie. That may be considered easier than animating dolls for the usual monsters, but he also animated the falling stones when saucers crashed into buildings so the action would appear realistic. Some figure animation was used to show the aliens emerging from the saucers. A considerable amount of stock footage was also used notably scenes during the invasion which showed batteries of U.S. 90 mm M3 guns and an early rocket launch, presumably standing in for the recently introduced Nike Ajax missile. Stock footage of the explosion of HMS Barham in WWII was used for a USN destroyer attacked by a saucer.

The voice of the aliens was produced from a recording of Paul Frees reading the lines by jiggling the speed control of a reel-to-reel tape recorder so that it continually wavered from a slow bass voice to one high and fast.

During a question and answer period at a tribute to Harryhausen and a screening of Jason and the Argonauts in Sydney, Australia, Harryhausen said he sought advice from George Adamski on the depiction of the flying saucers in the film, but felt that Adamski grew increasingly paranoid as time went on.

Ray Harryhausen (29 de junho de 1921) nascido como Raymond Frederick Harryhausen é um profissional da área de animação stop motion, técnica de animação onde os modelos são fotografados frame por frame. Tornou-se em meados do século XX o principal técnico da área na indústria do cinema norte-americana.

 

Harryhausen era fã do trabalho de Willis O'Brien, no filme King Kong, de 1933, e realizou diversos trabalhos, principalmente em filmes de ficção científica, tendo uma parceria com o produtor Charles H. Schneer.

Seu trabalho é reverenciado por directores como Steven Spielberg, George Lucas e Tim Burton.

 

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