Zach learns all about the Monsters of the Id by taking a closer look at Forbidden Planet.


Forbidden Planet is a 1956 American science fiction film. Produced by MGM, it was directed by Fred M. Wilcox and stars Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, and Leslie Nielsen. Forbidden Planet is the first science fiction film in which humans are depicted traveling in a starship of their own creation and was also the very first science fiction film set entirely on another world in interstellar space, far away from the planet Earth. Forbidden Planet is considered one of the great science fiction films of the 1950s, a precursor of what was to come for the science fiction film genre in the decades that followed. The characters and isolated setting have been compared to those in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and its plot does contain certain story analogues and a reference to one section of Jung’s theory on the collective unconscious.

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  1. A couple points about this film I’d like to expand upon. First, this movie wasn’t forgotten for twenty years like you implied, although it wasn’t given any respect for twenty years or so. Throughout the sixties it was routinely showed on the Saturday afternoon ick flick programs in between the Giant Radioactive Insect monster movies and the Rubber Suited Monster Sci Fi flicks. I saw this thing dozens of times growing up on TV but it wasn’t until it was released on laserdisc that I saw it in color and was able to finally appreciate the special effects and Ann Francis. When it came to recycling bits of this movie, a couple things you missed was there was an episode of Johnny Quest where they faced an invisible monster that they were unable to defeat because it was invisible until Johnny Quipped “Paint it, Dad! Paint it!” so they hit the monster with paint balloons to make it visible. The monster bore an uncanny resemblance to The Monster From the ID and the sound the monster made was a direct lift from Forbidden Planet. I’ve since heard the same sound track used in episodes of many other cartoons, including Scooby Doo. And did you notice that the scene where Qui Gon Ghin and (okay, I can’t spell it) and young Obi Wan are cutting open the blast doors on the trade federation ship is almost a direct lift of the scene where the Monster from the Id is melting the doors to get into the lab? This was a great movie, much better than any other sci fi flick to come out of the fifties.

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