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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: Multiple Formats, 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00287Z1F2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,055 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Donald in Mathmagic Land" on IMDb

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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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I teach math and this is a good way for students to learn!
Elaine Childers
Loved this movie in school and now watch it with my kids on occasion.
Scott M. Olson
This copy of the DVD came to me in mint condition and on time.
Kelsey Quarton

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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Teacher of the Gifted on 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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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Gord Wilson VINE VOICE on August 20, 2009
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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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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By a VINE VOICE on May 19, 2009
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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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sharon the Brat on September 27, 2007
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Erin on July 8, 2008
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I have taught math from 6th grade through high school (as well as some college classes) and I absolutely LOVE this cartoon! I usually try to use it at the beginning of the school year after we do a brief study of mathematicians who made major contributions to mathematics. This video captured the attention of my students in 6th, 7th and 9th grade and does a great job at sparking interest in those who feel that math MUST be boring. I spent months hunting down a video cassette of this cartoon and am SO excited to see that it has FINALLY come out on dvd. This is a must have for math teachers!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bob Barr on March 14, 2010
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I use this DVD every summer when I teach Eighth Grade Review at a prestigious military academy. I love the movie and its reduction of math into something humorous and aesthetically beautiful. Imagine: an educational movie with exceptional graphics that has no political slant. Beauty. This goes down very well with the old Bell Labs Science films starring Dr. Frank C. Baxter. Homeschoolers should have both this and the Bell Films in their personal libraries.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sanford Aranoff on November 27, 2007
Format: DVD
As Donald walks in the forest, he sees trees with square roots...

Circles and lines as related to games. Rational numbers (fractions) and music. Conic sections. Golden rectangles. Infinite series...

I teach first-year university students mathematics. We discuss the nature of mathematics - arbitary consistent statements and logical conclusions. This gives a welcome break to the heavy thinking based upon rational thought, and helps with students' motivation. Professors and students need to work together in helping students understand and appreciate the material. See Teaching and Helping Students Think and Do Better: Things to Help Students Think and To Do Better in School and In Life. Speaking about rational thought, see Rational Thinking, Government Policies, Science, and Living
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