Experience the wonder of Walt Disney's groundbreaking nature series for the first time on DVD! These acclaimed stories, fully restored to their orginal beauty, offer previously unseen looks inot the magical world of our animal friends. Enjoy a collection of Disney's award-winning TRUE-LIFE ADVENTURES, including "White Wilderness," "Water Birds," "Mysteries of the Deep," and many more. It's a marvelous compilation of animal-packed adventures that your whole family will adore!
"Nature writes the screenplays," Walt Disney says of the pioneering nature documentaries that comprise this series, True Life Adventures
Listen to our interview
with director emeritus
Roy E. Disney.
First released in the early '50s to the public's delight, these nature documentaries were unique in their lively, fictional narrative approach to the subjects' lives, which were recreated with anthropomorphic humor and zest. Even today, and maybe more so, hearing that beavers in Beaver Valley
are "always stubborn, always persistent," or that the crayfish shovel mud like "miniature bulldozers" is heartening, reminding one that Disney is The Magical Kingdom. Even more heartening is it that these scientific films, made with the latest cameras and technology, were filmic landmarks, and contain footage that David Attenborough's film crews would only dream of getting; in Mysteries of the Deep
, a dolphin gives birth and there are views of coral reef that may not even exist anymore. White Wilderness
takes one through the Arctic tundra, a "world of frozen chaos," showing majestic animals alongside the lemming, with their strange, suicidal tendency to jump off cliffs. This DVD has an entire second disc of extras, including Volume One's, highlight: The Crisler Story
, a behind-the-scenes look at the Crislers, a couple whose arduous trips to Alaska to film migrating caribou included building their own hut, growing veggies, and living amongst wolves and grizzlies. Also in the extras are interviews with other directors, like Beaver Valley's
Elma Milotte and Lloyd Beebe of White Wilderness
, to shed light upon these long lost classics. For those who love both scientifically enlightening nature films and fairy tales, True Life Adventures
are perfectly balanced to please as much one's sense of fun as one's love of information. --Trinie Dalton