Our Mr. Sun

65 in x of animated feature film history
Release: Nov. 19th, 1956
Country: USA
Director: Frank Capra, William T. Hurtz 

“Our Mr. Sun documentary that explains how the Sun works and how it also plays a huge part in human life. It was first televised by CBS in 1956.

The film starred Dr. Frank Baxter as ‘Dr. Research’, and Eddie Albert as ‘the writer’, the other recurring character in The Bell Laboratory Science Series. Marvin Miller voiced the animated sun. Sterling Holloway, who was uncredited, voiced an animated version of chlorophyll. The film marked the last project of Lionel Barrymore, who played the voice of Father Time. It was first shown on television two years after Barrymore’s death.

Our Mr. Sun is the first of nine films in the Bell science series. Production took place over a period of four years  and was initiated at the behest of N. W. Ayer & Son, who were AT&T’s advertising agency at the time. Working titles for the film included The Sun and Horizons Unlimited with Our Mr. Sun eventually becoming the title. A number of well-known scientists provided technical advice during the production of the film, which was later approved by a Scientific Advisory Board.

Although color television was introduced in 1953, most television content was still in black and white and the fact that Our Mr. Sun was produced in color was noted at the time by the Boston Globe.

Our Mr. Sun, and a companion film Hemo the Magnificent (about blood circulation), were popular favorites for showing in school science classrooms.”


Our Mr. Sun is available on YouTube.