Walt Disney's True Life Adventures - The Living Desert [VHS]
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The photography is the key and the producers wanted us to understand that right from the beginning. The introductary comments mention that the film is the result of hundreds of hours of patient work by wildlife photographers. The ensuing glimpses of wildlife in the desert is fascinating. We see scenes of survival, persistance, and, to put it delicately, the food chain in action. Some of the shots, especially that of a particular bobcat, make one wonder if a little bit of help was arranged to create some of the scenes but it's still a very humorous sequence. Typically, for a Disney production, much of the movie is instructive and informative. Also typical for Disney, the movie will appeal to all ages. Watching "The Living Desert" is certainly time well spent.
Never boring, this 69 minute film explores the "grim desert drama" of the diverse wildlife's struggle to survive. We are shown a battle between a rattlesnake and a red-tailed hawk (excellent), a fight between a tarantula and a very determined tarantula wasp (amazing), and a ... disagreement ... between a bobcat and a few wild boars (sort-of funny). We also get to see the gymnastics of kangaroo rats, the ballet of a sidewinder snake, and the zaniness of a road runner. There is also the mystery of the moving boulders and the power of a flash flood.
Interesting and informative, "The Living Desert" takes the audience through an apparent 48 hour period (though, in fact, the movie took 3 years to film). The camera work here is outstanding ... truly. The narration is also excellent. Well written and witty throughout, it often instills human behaviors into that of animals and bugs .... always with humorous results. The narrator was well chosen. His intelligent yet kind voice (and personality) adds a friendly quality to the film. Likewise, the background music is perfectly suited to the various activities of the wildlife.
Walt won the academy award for best documentary for this film. In fact, "The Living Desert" was so good that the academy saw fit to create a new Oscar category to honor it (documentaries).
It should be noted that, thankfully, none of the cute animals in the movie get caught and eaten. There are some close calls, but it is only the bad guys who ... bite the dust.
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This is an all time classic from Disney. The only thing that keeps it from getting five stars is the occasional buffering pause. But that is common with Amazon streaming.Published 2 months ago by G. Powell
You want kids to be mesmerized show this video.
Disney at its best.
Informative and down to earth, excellent shots of the creatures that inhabit the desert.Published 5 months ago by Anviloy
Very poorly copied VHS of a great early Walt Disney movie. Snow and rolling black bars destroy the beauty of the film. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Truck E-79
Classic old narration style of Disney Nature. It's hard to claim candid photography when you follow a smake until he devours a mouse and gulps it down. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Damien Riley
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