If aliens were to visit earth, what would they see as the dominant species of the planet. That’s the narrative in this old film from 1985 at NZ On Screen looking at our car culture in an offbeat way.
The Dominant Species is a loopy look at the relationship between people and cars in 1975 Aotearoa … from an alien’s eye view. Nifty animations and FX intersperse the alien automotive anthropological survey of Mark IIs, VWs, anti-car activism and driveway car-washing. There’s a ladykilling Jesus Christ atop-a-motorcar dream sequence; and Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries scores a rugby match traffic jam (predating Apocalypse Now’s choppers).