Forbidden Planet (1956) | The invisible menace on Altair IV stalks again in HD

Forbidden Planet (1956)

William Shakespeare’s The Tempest gets relocated to the distant planet of Altair IV in MGM’s cult classic 1956 sci-fi, Forbidden Planet, which screens tonight on BBC2 (and in HD) at the very late time of 12.35am.

Forbidden Planet (1956)

While Robby the Robot (voiced by Marvin Miller and operated by Frankie Darro) is probably more personable than most of the human cast members – Leslie Nielsen is particularly stiff and stagey as the film’s romantic lead – Walter Pidgeon chews up the scenery with gusto as the story’s anti-hero, Dr Morbius.

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Made with huge imagination and visual flair, Forbidden Planet was one of the big highlights of 1950s sci-fi cinema and its special effects, which were state-of-the-art at the time, still look pretty good today – especially the animated sequences, which were courtesy of leading Disney artist Joshua Meador. This ‘fabulous peril-journey into outer space’ also inspired a line in Richard O’Brien’s opening track to The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Forbidden Planet (1956)

The spaceship C57D (both model and full size prop) ended up in seven episodes of The Twilight Zone, while Robby would appear in 1957’s The Invisible Boy, a host of TV shows – most importantly in two episodes of Lost in Space – from the 1960s to the 1980s, and even a TV commercial (watch it below).

Forbidden Planet is also available to view online from Warner VOD (click here)




• screenshots courtesy of cinemasquid

About Peter Fuller

Peter Fuller is an award-winning print, radio and television journalist and producer, with over 30 years experience covering film and television, with a special interest in world cinema and popular culture. He is a leading expert on the life and career of Vincent Price and actively promotes the actor's legacy through publications, websites and special events.

Posted on December 13, 2014, in Cult classic, Must See, Must-See, Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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