Watch Forbidden Planet
- 1 hr 38 min
"Forbidden Planet" is a groundbreaking 1956 science fiction film remembered for several firsts in the genre, including being the first to place humans in an adventure into outer-space in a ship that they created. Also featured is a robot named Robby, credited as the first advanced robot in the science fiction film genre to exist with a personality alongside other characters in a supporting role. Nominated for an Academy Award in special effects, Forbidden Planet also relied on an entirely electronic musical score, another first. Considered among the most influential films ever made in the science fiction genre, "Forbidden Planet" is a popular-culture adaptation of Shakespeare's “The Tempest” and is oft-credited as an inspiration, if not a prototype for both the crew and the Enterprise ship later featured in "Star Trek." Starring Leslie Nielsen as the commander who lands his spaceship on Altair-4, "Forbidden Planet" is nearly a template for what would come later in the science fiction genre, including the popular themes of mysterious terrors, unseen threats and the unexplained quirks of the human mind.