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Canada's National Film Board, commonly referred to as the NFB (or ONF if you herald from the country's French speaking parts), has long been a groundbreaking producer of shorts and features though it's best known for its shorts (53 of the NFB's 72 Oscar nominations have been for short films). Having produced over 13,000 films since its formation in 1939, the NFB is responsible for quite a few ground breaking and awe inspiring projects and one of the most celebrated also happens to be one that inspired a famous feature: Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Douglas Rain, who later went on to voice HAL 9000 in Kubrick's movie, narrated Roman Kroitor and by Colin Low's Universe, a short that combines photography and animation that explain how the universe and the planets work. Though the science is dated, everything is computerized now, Universe is still a fascinating watch, not only for its influence on Kubrick and 2001 specifically, but also as a document of scince and how far astronomy has come in the decades since it was created.

As a bonus, the NFB has been digitizing a huge number of films over the years including Universe which is now streaming online and embedded below.

Universe by Roman Kroitor & by Colin Low, National Film Board of Canada


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