Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Earth Day The Disney Way
In celebration of Earth Day, that is today, April 22, the D23 website has posted "True to Life," an article written by me celebrating Walt Disney's True-Life Adventures. Winner of eight Oscars (an incredible number considering there were only 13 True-Life Adventures shorts and features), this magnificent nature documentary series virtually created the genre through its glorious photography of the natural world around us. Check out the wonderful color photo of Al and Elma Millotte, Walt's first True-Life photographers, on the homepage. (If you don't see this photo, click on the Mouse icons until you do.) It's also here you will see my credit ("Disney expert Jim Fanning takes a look back at Walt Disney's unforgettable True-Life Adventures series.") Then click on the photo itself to read the article. In the meantime, here's the poster for one of the best of the True-Life Adventure features, The Vanishing Prairie (1954). But do remember to visit the D23 website—it's updated with great Disney material every day.