Thomas Edison in popular culture

Thomas Edison In Popular Culture

Thomas Edison in popular culture

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Thomas Edison has appeared in popular culture as a character in novels, films, comics and video games.

His prolific inventing helped make him an icon and he has made appearances in popular culture during his lifetime down to the present day. His history with Nikola Tesla has also provided dramatic tension and is a theme returned to numerous times.

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Biographical works

  • Young Tom Edison was a 1940 biographical film starring Mickey Rooney as Edison.
    • Edison, the Man was a 1940 biographical film starring Spencer Tracy as Edison."," The Internet Movie Database.
    • "The Electric Sunshine Man" is a musical for young voices about the life, times, and inventions of Thomas Edison; generally performed by youth choral groups in schools.
    • The Schoolhouse Rock song "Mother Necessity" featured Thomas Edison first as a child intending to be an inventor when he grows up "to make a lamp to help my mommy see..Wowee!/What an excellent application of electricity!" and then as a smart, rich man.
    • Edison occasionally appeared in caricature form on Histeria! His first major appearance was in a sketch in which he comes up with the light bulb while his nephew (played by Loud Kiddington) and his friends fool around in his office. The show also featured a song about Edison's partnership with Henry Ford.
    • "Edison's Medicine" was a song by the band...... ...
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