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Donald in Mathmagic Land (2009)

Paul Frees , Clarence Nash , Hamilton Luske , Joshua Meador  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Frees, Clarence Nash
  • Directors: Hamilton Luske, Joshua Meador, Les Clark, Wolfgang Reitherman
  • Writers: Bill Berg, Heinz Haber, Milt Banta
  • Producers: Walt Disney
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 18, 2009
  • Run Time: 27 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00287Z1F2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,501 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Donald in Mathmagic Land" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

At last...the best of Sunday night TV is back! It's the legendary TV show popular with audiences for 29 years. The winner of numerous awards, including seven Emmys. It's THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY! This highly acclaimed, Academy Award(R)-nominated film (Documentary Short Subject, 1959), is one of the most popular and entertaining educational films ever made by Walt Disney. A curious Donald Duck ventures into a mystical world of fantasy. Mathmagic Land is his destination -- a wondrous land of discovery where trees have square roots and rivers are brimming with numbers! During his lively journey, Donald discovers that you can have mirth with math, fun with fractions, and laughs with logic in this fascinating and timeless milestone in Disney's animation legacy -- now on DVD!

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90 of 92 people found the following review helpful
By Michael
Format:VHS Tape
When I was little, I watched this movie so many times that, even now, I can talk along with the movie the whole time. This movie focuses on the non-arithmetic aspects of math. My dad, a math professor and Physics PhD, really likes this movie. He shows it on the first day of every class he teaches. This movie really started my love of math. It shows that, in the words of Donald himself, "Mathematics is a lot more than two times two!" This is a great buy at almost any price.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Start the school year off right! August 25, 2009
Format:DVD
I couldn't start the school year without showing this DVD. I have used my VHS copy for many years and kept thinking that one day the tape would break right in the middle of the viewing. I've been waiting a long time for this to come out in the DVD format. PLUS, the DVD comes with a teacher's guide and some Internet links for further investigation. This is Disney at its best! My VHS copy of this will be retired to my Disney archives.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This sticks in your head! October 20, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
I can still remember seeing this film in class when I was 10 (1983-1984), and that they covered at one point how to use the diamonds on the sides of pool tables to calculate your shots! So many times since I would think back to this movie whenever I played pool, wishing I could remember the exact formula. That's how interesting it made math! It's still in my head 20 years later!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wonderful World of Color August 20, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
One of the last four theatrical Donald Duck cartoons, Donald in Mathmagic Land didn't get the Academy Award for 1959, which went to John Hubley's Moonbird, but it was nominated for "Best Documentary Short". In retrospect, it's probably not only the best educational short of that year, but one of the best of any year. Hamilton Luske directed this lavish featurette, which despite clocking in at only 27 minutes, is filled with modernistic late '50s style art, dense and lavish color, and our favorite, irascible duck.

Teachers loved to project this film for their classes, as it was so far above the host of now decently buried educational films of the time. This DVD opens with a montage trailer of scenes from the "Wonderful World of Disney" releases, which have the characteristic look of the four color Technicolor of the '60s, and that places this film in its rightful millieu. In his biography, former NBC head, Pat Weaver recalls that Disney offered NBC its film and TV catalog in the mid- '50s if NBC would buy a fourth of the then fledgling Disneyland Park. David Sarnoff, president of RCA, which owned NBC, flatly refused. The Disneyland TV show therefore continued on ABC, with a title change in the 1959 season to "Walt Disney Presents". Due to the runaway success of Davey Crockett, however, ABC wanted Walt to keep cranking out westerns, so in 1961, the program moved to NBC, with a new name many viewers remember, "The Wonderful World of Color".

"General" Sarnoff had made clear that RCA's one goal was to sell color TV sets, since most homes still had black and white, and "Donald Duck in Mathmagic Land" aired on its new network as part of an hour show hosted by a new character, Ludwig Von Drake, called "An Adventure in Color".
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great math movie for fifth and sixth graders!! September 10, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
As a teacher of upper elementary children for many years, I showed Donald in Mathmagic Land many times. It served as a springboard for studying different aspect of mathematics and for relating math to numerous areas of life. Students often had difficulty seeing the sense in learning math, but by watching this movie, their curiosity was piqued and they were inspired to do further study. Now that I teach math methods as a college professor, I show the movie to my preservice educators. They find it as interesting and useful as I do!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth owning, but on Walt Disney Treasures Vol. 4 May 19, 2009
Format:DVD
This fondly remembered 27-minute short subject from 1959 was previously released on the limited edition 2-disc "Walt Disney Treasures: The Chronological Donald, Vol. 4" in 2008. Although limited to only 35,000, true Donald fans might instead want to track down a used or collectible copy of that two-disc set which included this short alongside 30 other cartoons from that era as well as ten 1999 Donald Duck shorts and other special features. The current pre-order price seems particularly steep for a bare-bones disc with a 27-minute program, and if this disc is similar or identical to the version previously exclusive to the Disney Movie Club, it will include nothing besides the main feature and previews for upcoming Disney films and DVDs.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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This highly acclaimed, Academy Award nominated film (Documentary, Short Subject, 1959), is one of the most popular and entertaining educational films ever made by Walt Disney. A cuious Donald Duck ventures into a mystical world of fantasy. Mathmagic Land is his destination - a wondrous land brimming with numbers! During his lively journey, Donald discovers that you can have mirth with math, fun with fractions, and laughs with logic in this fascinating and timeless milestone in Disney's animation legacy.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Children today still love it March 29, 2006
Format:VHS Tape
At about age two my youngest daughter started watching "Donald in Mathmagic Land" (a Disney video). Several years later, she still loves to watch it. I am afraid the video will wear out.

For those unfamiliar with the movie, Donald Duck takes a tour of mathmagic land. He visits with the ancient greek philosophers and mathematicians (and ends up in a musical jazz jam session with them), plays billiards, visits with characters from Alice in Wonderland, and more.

You and your children will love the movie. Even though I am old and gray, I still get a few laughs from the movie. Whenever I see a square root, I think of the "square roots" in this movie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Mathmagical Themas :P
I first saw this classic in third grade, and was ecstatic to hear that it was being re-released. I have shared it with my own children and it has helped their comprehension and... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Coyote
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for ages 6 through 9
The little one likes the cartoons, the big one likes the math. Both grandkids are able to watch together and get something out of it. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Irene M. Piekarski
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I remember watching this in my class room as a kid.
So I got this movie for my son in kindergarten to see,
and he loved it and saw the great value of math!
Published 23 days ago by Jon
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Show!
A great Disney classic! Educational for children and interesting for adults. I saw it when I was a child and enjoyed both then and now.
Published 28 days ago by keith pedersen
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic
I am a math teacher, and I still enjoy showing it to my students. Though, as technology progresses, it has less of an impact.
Published 1 month ago by Kristy Thomason
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Favorite
I was so happy to find an old classic show that actually made a mathophobic kid think that math concepts could actually be fun and useful.
Published 1 month ago by Heather
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing!
amazing video ! would recommend for all math classroom instruction (grade appropriate) even I learned a thing or two! excellent reproduction of a early classic.. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Vern ulrich
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a Great Math Intro!
After so many years, "Donald in Mathemagic Land" is still one of the best intros to math any teacher can show students. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Christian Eaton
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Classroom Classic!!!
I remember watching this in third grade. Much of the information is relevant to today's classroom and Common Core. Great resources are included!
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Cheryl Brinkmann
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
About 20 minutes long (I think). Every math teacher and elementary teacher should have this in their video collection. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Childs
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