Sometimes I'm in the mood for some bleak dystopia, but I have been covering a lot of those lately. My next one is more fun!
Planet of the Apes was up for an Oscar, I bet it influenced a lot of people.
When I say too silly, I probably shouldn't make that assumption since I don't know him. The only other clip of him I saw was an appearance on Johnny Carson in the '70s and he seemed like a fairly serious fellow.
But when I say too silly, it has more to do with what one commenter online had said about how on the nose this movie is. You have to run your own abortion machine. The government controls your caloric intake. Breeders are put to death. Everything is as extreme as it can possibly be. Subtlety is not to be seen here. But maybe we see that as silly and back then, they saw it as a statement.
I should have done a little more homework on the guy who created the baby dolls. Derek Meddings was his name and apparently he also created the puppets from Thunderbirds, miniatures for the James Bond films like submarines, trains and the spaceships from Moonraker, and even designed Bond's Lotus-sub. He also did special effects for Superman the movie, creating the Krypton miniatures and the Hoover Dam that we see crumble. Cool.
There are movies from the '50s that touch on over-population, mostly from the food aspect. Tarantula and The Beginning Of The End come to mind. I think that, after WWII, there was a feeling that we would ultimately overcome the problem, regardless of Cold War fears. In the late '60s and early '70s, though, there was a feeling that the hippy movement fizzled out, leading to these beak endings.
Re: Derek Meddings, I'd never heard of him before but I love when you can find that connection among movies.