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Walt Disney Legacy Collection - True Life Adventures, Vol. 2
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"Seal Island", produced in 1949, is known as Disney's first nature documentary and runs 26 minutes. It studies animal life on Seal Island, which is a small island in the Bering Sea. The life cycle of the seals is the dominant theme, of course, although the documentary talks about the other animal residents of the island too. Because it was Disney's first attempt at a nature documentary, it is awkward at spots. It tends to get very slow at one point, and then picks up the tempo with a bloody battle between feuding male seals fighting for dominance that tends to be a bit graphic.
"The Living Desert" won the Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary in 1953, and its theme is a day in the wildlife of the American desert southwest. On the humorous side, the best scene involves a couple of square-dancing scorpions, and on the dramatic side the best scene is probably a fight between a tarantula and a wasp. The commentary is well done, but some people might find it just a bit too jokey at points. It runs 70 minutes.
"The Vanishing Prairie" also won the Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary in 1954 and runs 71 minutes. Again, the photography is excellent, but the narration is depressing and the conclusions no longer true.Read more ›
What I really liked was you could watch The Vanishing Prairie, then on Disc 2 there is the segment of Disney's Wonderful World of Color, where you can see how he used the TV show to market the movie, then the Filmmakers Journal where you get some great behind the scenes footage on how the film was made. (Wait till you see the snow-mobile!)
I bought this for class. I'm getting all the others in the series for fun.
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This DVD was so much fun to watch. You would get a feeling like you really were out in the wilderness on an adventure.Published 23 months ago by Vincent Doraz
I enjoyed reliving the experiences and found them to be as entertaining as the Nature movie released annually on a Earth Day. Read morePublished on May 6, 2014 by BRM
My wife and I got the VHS tapes of the True Life Adventures for our kids when they were little. They loved those old films. Read morePublished on December 31, 2013 by Dangerous Dan
These feature films are excellent! Watched these as a kid and will share them with the grand kids. So glad they are now available on dvdPublished on October 27, 2013 by C. Boehm
This is probably most appropriate for Elementary through Middle School grades, however, my high school students were fascinated with the photography and the story lines. Read morePublished on April 8, 2013 by Karen A. Tackitt
Me and my family fell in love with these shows when I was a kid..Believe me that was a long time ago.Published on December 31, 2012 by pat