Part of Walt Disney's People and Places series. This is the story of the "Icebreakers" - ships of very special construction that are built to make their way through the heavy Arctic ice packs on a trip to Thule.
"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.
Disney was a pioneer in these kinds of films that are so commonly done today. Without today's technology this still stands up as being clearly photographed and being able to follow motion without giving you a headache. I'd recommend it but I know of no way to get your hands on it other than a DVD set that is now out of print and being held hostage by scalpers - "Walt Disney Legacy Collection - True Life Adventures, Vol. 2".
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