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Seal Island (1948)

Approved | | Documentary, Short, Family | 4 May 1949 (USA)
The first of the True-Life Adventure featurettes. Fur seals arrive on the Pribilof Islands for the purpose of mating. The older seals are known as bulls and have "harems" of females which ... See full summary »

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James Algar
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The first of the True-Life Adventure featurettes. Fur seals arrive on the Pribilof Islands for the purpose of mating. The older seals are known as bulls and have "harems" of females which they protect very seriously. The younger male seals get together, train themselves to fight, and then help each other overthrow the bulls to become the new masters of the harems. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A True-Life Adventure: On Seal Island See more »

Filming Locations:

Pribilof Islands, Alaska, USA

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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First installment of the True-Life Adventures series of nature documentaries produced by Walt Disney. See more »

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Walt Disney pioneers in the field of nature films
11 July 2015 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

"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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