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Donald in Mathmagic Land (1959)

Approved | | Animation, Short, Comedy | 26 June 1959 (USA)
Donald's goes on an adventure in which it is explained how mathematics can be useful in real life. Through this journey it is shown how numbers are more than graphs and charts, they are geometry, music and magical living things.

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Paul Frees ...
The True Spirit of Adventure / Narrator / Pi creature (voice) (uncredited)
Clarence Nash ...
Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

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Donald's goes on an adventure in which it is explained how mathematics can be useful in real life. Through this journey it is shown how numbers are more than graphs and charts, they are geometry, music and magical living things.

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Donald the adventurer discovers mirth in math!


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26 June 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aku Ankka matematiikan valtakunnassa  »

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Trivia

Originally released on a bill with Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959). See more »

Goofs

During the "imagination" segment towards the end, the Spirit says to put a triangle in a perfect circle, and then turn the triangle. The image that results is a straight line that reaches both the top and bottom of the circle. There is no possible orientation that the original triangle could have to reproduce this visual effect in real life. See more »

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[first lines]
Donald Duck: [entering Mathemagic Land] Mighty strange.
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Referenced in Pastor Mike Online: Episode #1.53 (2012) See more »

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A very important cartoon for kids
29 December 2003 | by (Frederick, MD., USA) – See all my reviews

First, let me trot out my creds. I took a PhD in combinatorial mathematics from Ohio State in 1986. I'm going to claim this is relevant for two reasons: one, that this cartoon is based upon some deep and beautiful mathematics; that this material can open up into deeper study for any student, from junior high to postgraduate.

The second is that this can open up mathematics for kids, and I will offer myself as an example. I remember seeing this when I was pretty young, and really got hooked on the bit about learning to play pool "by the Diamond method". It offered that math was "a lot more than just two times two", and that it was cool to study math.

The cartoon focuses deeply on non-arithmetic aspects of math, and that is welcome. Even as an adult, I still find it entertaining, but would be something I would give to any kid I cared about to expose him to the art behind math.

Buy it for the kids, or for yourself. But be prepared to study number theory and algebraic geometry, if you follow the leads -- rich material awaits... and as the cartoon notes, there are still many other doors to open and new things to discover...


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