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The Living Desert

FamilyDocumentaryAll (G)19531h 9m
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The Living Desert (1953)

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Family Documentary Rated: All (G)19531h 9m

The Living Desert was the first feature-length film in Disney’s True-Life Adventures series of documentaries focusing on zoological studies; the previous films in the series, including the Academy Award-winning Seal Island, were short subjects. The documentary was filmed at the Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa in Tucson, Arizona. Most of the wildlife shown in the film was donated to what would soon become the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. The film was inspired by 10 minutes of footage shot by N. Paul Kenworthy Jr., a doctoral student at the University of California at Los Angeles. Kenworthy’s footage of a battle between a tarantula and a wasp intrigued Disney, who funded a feature-length production following the lives of diverse desert species. Disney was highly supportive of Kenworthy’s work and its impact on nonfiction filmmaking, stating, “This is where we can tell a real, sustained story for the first time in these nature pictures.”The Living Desert featuring Winston Hibler is streaming with subscription on Disney+, available for rent or purchase on iTunes, available for rent or purchase on Google Play, and 2 others. It's a documentary and family movie with a better than average IMDb audience rating of 7.4 (1,516 votes).

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#50,868 Ranked Movie

#685 Ranked in Survival Movies

#800 Ranked in Movies on Disney+

#2255 Ranked in Family Movies

The Living Desert has a better than average IMDb audience rating of 7.4 (1,516 votes). The movie is somewhat popular with Reelgood users lately.

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The Living Desert Overview

The Living Desert was the first feature-length film in Disney’s True-Life Adventures series of documentaries focusing on zoological studies; the previous films in the series, including the Academy Award-winning Seal Island, were short subjects. The documentary was filmed at the Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa in Tucson, Arizona. Most of the wildlife shown in the film was donated to what would soon become the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. The film was inspired by 10 minutes of footage shot by N. Paul Kenworthy Jr., a doctoral student at the University of California at Los Angeles. Kenworthy’s footage of a battle between a tarantula and a wasp intrigued Disney, who funded a feature-length production following the lives of diverse desert species. Disney was highly supportive of Kenworthy’s work and its impact on nonfiction filmmaking, stating, “This is where we can tell a real, sustained story for the first time in these nature pictures.”

Age rating: All (G)
Runtime: 1h 9m

Extra Information

Related Genres: FamilyDocumentary
Related Tags: AnimalSurvival
Country of origin: America
Available to watch on: Disney+
Original Release Date: Nov 10, 1953
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