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The Vanishing Prairie (1954)

Approved  |   |  Documentary, Family  |  11 July 1955 (West Germany)
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Story of the American Prairie as it was when vast herds of bison and elk grazed.

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Story of the American Prairie as it was when vast herds of bison and elk grazed.

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In 1971, Buena Vista reissued this film theatrically on a double bill with The Living Desert (1953). See more »

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"Wonder how a fella gets his breakfast around here?"
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Oscar-winning documentary from Disney about life on the American prairie. No humans here, just various animals. Most of which are being cute. There are some moments to illustrate nature's more violent tendencies but nothing too graphic or depressing. This is Disney, after all. The point of this was to raise awareness about conservation of the prairie. It may seem dated and unoriginal today after decades of nature documentaries on television but, keep in mind, this was pioneering stuff back in 1954. I can imagine it was very impressive to see such footage in theaters at the time. The color photography is beautiful. There's also a fine music score from Paul J. Smith. Winston Hibler's narration is a little monotonous but there's enough action, drama, and humor to keep your interest. It's very enjoyable and should please young and old alike.


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