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The Living Desert Details

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The Living Desert was the first feature-length entry in Disney's "True Life Adventure" series. Co-written and narrated by Winston Hibler, the film opens with a close-up glance of percolating desert geysers, with appropriate musical accompaniment. Among the wildlife specimens depicted herein are the roadrunner, the chuckwalla, the skunk, the scorpion and the kangaroo-rat. Much of the narration is undercut by lame attempts at humor; however, a battle between a rattlesnake and a tarantula, followed by a contretemps between the rattler and a hawk, are played "straight," and most effectively. Much of the footage in The Living Desert was photographed by N. Paul Kenworthy Jr., as part of his UCLA doctoral thesis. The film was originally released to theatres in a "Disney package," including the live-action short Winston Hibler and the animated featurette {#Ben and Me}. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Walt Disney Special Achievement 1953 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Walt Disney Best Documentary Feature 1953 Winner

Crew

James Algar
Director
James Algar
Screenwriter
Ted Sears
Screenwriter
Winston Hibler
Screenwriter
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