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Movie Clip - Titan A.E.

Titan A.E. - Earth is Dead and So is Physics So, the clip I linked is from a little known animated Don Bluth film called Titan A.E. and the basic premise of the movie revolves around this opening clip seen here. Basically, crazy aliens destroy the earth, man needs earth, man builds new earth from the struggles in the movie. I won't spoil the ending but I will say that it breaks physics even more than the beginning. I encourage you to watch it if you haven't heard of it. It's actually a pretty good movie.
From this scene, I will be analyzing how much energy it would take to cause the earth to explode like that in all those different directions and at those speeds. 

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