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The Living Desert (1953)

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The Living Desert was the first feature-length entry in Disney's "True Life Adventure" series. Co-written and narrated by Winston Hibler, the film opens with a close-up glance of percolating desert geysers, with appropriate musical accompaniment. Among the wildlife specimens depicted herein are the roadrunner, the chuckwalla, the skunk, the scorpion and the kangaroo-rat. Much of the narration is undercut by lame attempts at humor; however, a battle between a rattlesnake and a tarantula, followed by a contretemps between the rattler and a hawk, are played "straight," and most effectively. Much of the footage in The Living Desert was photographed by N. Paul Kenworthy Jr., as part of his UCLA doctoral thesis. The film was originally released to theatres in a "Disney package," including the live-action short Stormy and the animated featurette Ben and Me.

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The first of the full length True-Life Adventures is not especially remarkable. I also thought the film focused too much on the tarantula, which is not exactly my favorite animal to begin with. (First and only viewing - 8/23/2015)

Adam R
Adam R
½

This Disney nature documentary from the 50s is an interesting look at the plant and animal life in the deserts of America. It is decent but basic, it doesn't go too in depth, but as an introductory course for children to get interested in nature and biology it does a great job.

Ken Scheck
Ken Scheck

A Disney documentary with moments of beauty and humor.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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