Pint-sized aliens from the planet Natal invade Earth
from their base on the moon in 1959's Battle in Outer Space.
above comes from an edited and English-dubbed version of the Japanese
movie Uchu Daisenso,
which was produced by Toho Studios, the folks who
also brought us Godzilla.
Short on plot and character development, the film has
fantastic sets and innovative special effects. In it, the nations of
the world unite to battle the aliens on Earth, the moon and in outer
space. Some of the best action comes when astronauts in lunar tanks
blast away at alien flying saucers.
The climatic battle is reminiscent of Earth vs. the
Flying Saucers in the way the Natalians reduce
world landmarks to
rubble, then suck up Tokyo with a blinding blue ray from a flying
saucer. Meanwhile, the action-packed battle-royale in space is a
forerunner of the Star
"Some of the artwork is downright nifty, especially when
an earth rocket soars to the moon to destroy the palpitating missile
base," said New York
Times film critic Howard Thompson. "And the
Japanese have opened a most amusing and beguiling bag of technical
tricks, as death-dealing saucers whiz through the stratosphere, and the
lunar landscape is just as pretty as it can be."
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