Futurama 2: What 1964 Thought the Future Would Be Like

Chris Higgins

At the 1964/65 New York World's Fair, General Motors brought us Futurama 2, its vision of the not-too-distant future. In this futurist ride envisioning the future, lunar bases were a fact of life, weathermen lived at the South Pole in Lost-style bunkers, lasers cut down trees, and seaweed farms provided abundant food as "aquacopters" mined the seafloor. Deforestation via gigantic "factories on wheels!" Deep sea mining! What could possibly go wrong?

This was the second version of Futurama; the original was presented in 1939 and was a little less kooky. But for now, just strap yourself in and enjoy 1964's vision of the future.

My favorite part of this film? The hats.