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Secrets of Life (1956)

Passed | | Documentary, Family | 6 November 1956 (USA)
A feature-length documentary showing the changing world of nature, the sky, the sea, the sun, planets, insects and volcanic action. A story of nature's strange and intricate designs for survival and her many methods of perpetuating life.

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James Algar

Writer:

James Algar
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Winston Hibler Winston Hibler ... Narrator
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A feature-length documentary showing the changing world of nature, the sky, the sea, the sun, planets, insects and volcanic action. A story of nature's strange and intricate designs for survival and her many methods of perpetuating life.

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Taglines:

NEVER BEFORE... has a Motion Picture so Entertainingly Revealed Nature's Most Intimate Secrets... A Wondrous World of Sheer Drama... Stark Conflict... Delightful Humor... and Startling Beauty! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A True-Life Adventure: Secrets of Life See more »

Filming Locations:

Altadena, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ant sequences were filmed by Robert H. Crandall, known as the Ant Man of Altadena, using a photo-microscopy set-up in his Altadena, California home and garden. See more »

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On-screen prologue: This is an authentic story of nature's secret world... of her strange and intricate designs for survival... and her many methods of perpetuating life. These intimate and unusual scenes were made possible through the development of new photographic techniques... and through the skill and patience of many scientist-photographers.
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Featured in Living Seas (1986) See more »

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probably saw this as a kid in school
3 October 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

I don't know when I first saw this Disney documentary. I certainly remember seeing some of the time-lapse photography of plants and the closeup insect footage although it's possible that Disney repurposed them in later movies. It's very probable that I saw this in grade school.

The movie starts with a bit of animation about the birth of the world and animations form breaks between sections of the movie. The time-lapse photography is memorable. The seeds moving around is a wonder every time. The montage is beautiful. Winston Hibler's narration is old timey. The close up footage of insects are amazing. This is an early nature film from Disney. It is truly the wonderful world of Disney. This is definitely educational but also beautiful to behold. The ants battle is gruesome. There is no Disneyfying the dog eat dog nature of the world. It is eat or be eaten. This movie doesn't shy away.


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