A Fish Family
A Fish Family is a short film from 1957 released on 16mm. It is held in the A/V Geeks collection.
The complete reproduction cycle of the blue acara fish is pictured. Included are the processes of preparing the nest, egg laying, fertilization, care during incubation, nursery construction, transporting hatchlings to nurseries and guarding the young. Close family relationship of the blue acara is emphasized.
|A Fish Family|
|Produced by||Moody Institute of Science|
Moody Institute of Science
|Distributed by||Moody Institute of Science|
The complete cycle of raising a family covers nearly a month in the life of the Blue Acaras, but condensed into a few minutes on film, the pictures tell an extraordinary and delightful story. The devotion, teamwork, and mutual relationships that go to make up a family of fish are so vividly portrayed that they seem to suggest an ideal human family. In such a strong setting of family security, the reproduction sequence fits easily and naturally into its proper place.
Close examination of Fish Out of Water! (1954), A Fish Family (1957), and the nonaquatic The Mystery of Time (1957) suggests an evolving narrative in which we see Moon grappling with the scientific, philosophical, and humanistic implications of what the microscope and the camera reveal in nature when filtered through the lens of Christianity. Moon uses science to support the logic of the family, a central concern of the Cold War era, and to tout the related logic of a morally righteous and religious American body politic, equally important in the nuclear age. Although the Moody Institute of Science advertised their film series for use in science curricula, these films, while filled with demonstrations and concepts akin to a traditional science lesson, aren't science films in the strictest sense. Instead, they use scientific concepts, a kind of semiscience, to support an evangelical agenda.