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The Living Desert (1953)

Documentary of the lives of flora and fauna in a desert in the US.

Director:

James Algar

Writers:

James Algar (screenplay), Winston Hibler (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Winston Hibler Winston Hibler ... Narrator
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A day in the life of creatures living in a desert in the southwestern US is shown. Toads, reptiles, wild pigs, insects, mice and birds are followed going about their daily routine and the struggle to find food and not become it themselves. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Incredibly desolate... yet beautiful.


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Trivia

In 1971, Buena Vista reissued this film theatrically on a double bill with The Vanishing Prairie (1954). See more »

Connections

Followed by Secrets of Life (1956) See more »

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Never ages, quite lovely
27 August 2005 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

1953 Oscar winner for Best Documentary prompts the question, "Why don't they even make documentaries like this anymore?"...yet, the advent of the success of "March of the Penguins" proves that perhaps they do. This live-action film from the Disney studios details the lives of the animals and insects that fill up America's Southwest desert region. Some of the footage is manipulated for a jokey effect, but why complain when it is such a beautifully assembled picture? Colorful and entertaining, it's the perfect primer for children. Disney continued in this True-Life vein with "The Vanishing Prairie" in 1954. Very lovely, with a terrific background score and narration. Classic Disney.


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Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A True-Life Adventure: The Living Desert See more »

Filming Locations:

Mount Whitney, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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