animated movie The Cosmic Eye © Hubley Studios
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The Cosmic Eye

Three interstellar musicians voyaging through space arrive on Earth and witness its follies and evolution, via a compilation of short animated films. They formulate a message of peace for the inhabitants of Earth, and a vision of the planet's destiny.

Created by: Hubley Studios
Language: English
Country of Origin: USA
Featuring the voices of:
Dizzy Gillespie ... Musician 1, Father Time
Linda Atkinson ... Musician 2
Sam Hubley ... Musician 3
Maureen Stapleton ... Mother Earth
Directed by: Faith Hubley and John Hubley
Produced by: Faith Hubley
Executive Producers: Emily Hubley
Musical Score by: Benny Carter and Elizabeth Swados
Writing Credits: Faith Hubley and John Hubley

Husband and wife team John and Faith Hubley had made a long career of experimental, modernist animated movies from the 50's onwards, influenced by jazz and modern painting. They had made a pact to produce one animated movie together per year for the rest of their lives. This was the first film Faith directed alone, after John's death, though some of the shorts were collaborations made before John's death.

John worked on all of the early Disney movies from 'Snow White' onwards until leaving in the wake of the Disney animators strike of 1941 and becoming one of the founders of UPA studios. Politically minded, he was blacklisted, along with many others from UPA, by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1955.

Copies of 'The Cosmic Eye' have been known to go for ridiculous prices, but the film is available along with various other Hubley shorts on the 'Art & Jazz in Animation' DVD linked above.

John and Faith Hubley's animated shorts were nominated for seven Oscars between 1959 and 1977, winning three times.

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