Bizarre '60s restaurant menu explained 2001: A Space Odyssey to kids

Stanley Kubrick's classic 2001: A Space Odyssey is visually arresting, genre-redefining and totally bizarre. So it's perfect for kids!

In the midst of all that Kubrick-style cinematic art, 2001 contained an odd piece of product placement in the form of a Howard Johnson's Earthlight Room. But that's not where the weirdness ends. Howard Johnson's was so tied to the picture and so excited to be involved that they also crafted a restaurant menu especially for kids that was 2001-themed!

Included on the 1968 menu is a comic telling the story of two children going to the film's premiere. They highlight a few parts of the movie and shun others (no HAL?), all, we assume, in an effort to get those kids to drag their parents to see 2001 -- a film we're pretty sure is not meant for children.

And now the menu has been rediscovered by Dreams of Space after all these years. So journey back with us to 1968, where young Debbie and Robin are about to partake of the thrills that only 1960s sci-fi can provide!

(via The Verge)

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