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Youtube continues giving me ads for Hotels.com, and now I've seen a slightly different ad with another brief clip that looks like it must be from an old sci-fi film:

spaceship shooting at Earth (not the real Earth, don't worry) Earth exploding (not the real Earth, don't worry)

A saucer-shaped spaceship does a drive-by shooting of the planet Earth, which proceeds to explode in chunks. The quality of the clip is only slightly better than the fire-breathing monster in my previous question. Probably the text "Not the real earth" was added for the ad, so it doesn't help in searching.

I managed to find the ad as its own video here, so you can see the clip in its entirety as well as my screenshots above. The comments aren't any use, as they just talk about Marti Belle.

What film or TV show does this come from? (If any. But I'm more confident this time that it does come from something, after WolfieSmith's success on my previous question.)

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    Rand, have you recently gotten a new job working for Hotels.com?
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Jul 26 at 21:09
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    @TheLethalCarrot Might as well get something interesting out of those annoying Youtube ads, right?
    – Rand al'Thor
    Jul 26 at 21:12
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    That looks like a modern CG recreation of an old sci-fi UFO to me, the motion is too smooth and the the exploding Earth and starry background too detailed to really look like it's authentically from the 50s.
    – Hypnosifl
    Jul 26 at 21:25
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    @Hypnosifl agreed, may have been made for the commercial. Jul 27 at 1:11
  • @Hypnosifl I've never seen anything "explode" that slowly in old films. It's generally "Bang!" and Earth is instantly gone! And yes, all the details are far too smooth to be old. The animation style is all wrong, etc.
    – CJ Dennis
    Jul 30 at 2:54
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Unfortunately, Buzz is correct, this is indeed stock footage.

You can find the original, full colour clip on shutterstock. It is listed as created by a company called CFH Design, who are based in Brazil.

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    Aww. After you figured out the other one, I was hoping this would also be an obscure bit of sci-fi that'd be fun to track down.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Jul 27 at 12:20
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    It's often safer to license newly created content than risk using clips of dubious rights status. Jul 28 at 17:27
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I'm going to say pretty confidently that it is not from a real film (from the golden age of science fiction), because it contains elements that cannot plausibly have been created at the same time.

The flying saucer has an absurdly retro Art Deco look to it, which probably would have looked dated rather than futuristic by the time of the first reported "flying saucer" sighting in 1947. It is basically inconceivable that a science fiction film would be using a design like that in the late 1960s or after. The creators of the commercial presumably selected the Deco styling on purpose—not because it conveyed any specific period of science fiction, but simply because of its retro, raygun Gothic esthetic.

In contrast to ship, the image of the Earth (before it is destroyed) cannot have been created before 1967 at the earliest. (The explosion also does not look like anything I have ever seen in a 1960s or earlier film, but that's trickier to quantify.) That kind of imagery of the planet's surface (you can see the Etosha pan, a system of salt flats in northern Namibia, for example) was not available until 1967. The first terrain images approaching the level of detail shown were taken by the ATS-3 satellite, launched in November of that year.

ATS-3 Image of Earth

(ATS-3 was in a geostationary orbit over the Western Hemisphere, so it could not itself have taken that kind of image including of Africa, but similar views of the whole globe quickly became available as more satellites, from the ATS series on onward, were launched.)

In light of these temporal incongruities, I conclude that the shot of the aliens destroying the Earth is not from an actually classic science fiction film, but is an entirely modern creation.

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