16 out of 16 people found the following review useful:
Dated but entertaining nature documentary in the Disney style.
John Burkitt (email@example.com) from Nashville, Tennessee
20 November 2001
It is best to treat this dated but pleasant documentary as entertainment.
Paul Smith's music is incredibly evocative, especially at the birth of a
bison and during the fury of a flash flood.
The tone of the narration is often downbeat, referring to qualities of
unique environment soon to be lost forever. To keep from being sucked
into this negativity, keep in mind that recent interest in preserving the
prairie environment is being matched with federal assistance, and
the "Vanishing Prairie" won't vanish after all.
The photography is by all accounts excellent. Disney enlisted the help of
world-class nature photographers who endured hardships, disappointments,
seemingly-eternal stakeouts behind a camera lens to get just the right
When you see it on the screen it all looks too easy. Folks, it's not
at all! And remember that these films were pioneering firsts that
Animal Planet, the Crocodile Hunter, and even Wild Kingdom. It started
here, and it started with style.
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