Zeman's extraordinary film opens with Life dragging itself from the waters and evolving through a quick succession of flying creatures and machines to a wonderfully 'space-age' rocket bound for the moon. Here the Cosmonaut finds the redoubtable Baron, who assumes he's a 'Moonling' and decides to show him planet Earth. Eye-popping visuals and a witty voice-over from the boastful Baron make this a rediscovered treat. The film was a huge influence on Terry Gilliam - one can immediately see precursors of his animated style, especially as seen in Monty Python - and uses architectural drawings by Gustave Doré as backdrops to the live action, which gives the whole thing a toy theatre feel. Should fascinate and entertain all ages in equal measure.