Tag Archives: Winston Hibler

James Algar – A True-Life Adventure: White Wilderness (1958)

Six years worth of footage shot in Alberta, Canada has been condensed into a 72-minute documentary which offers a unique and touching look at the daily lives of animals such as polar bears, walruses, goldeneyes, wolverines, and, of course, lemmings. One of the most amusing and tender moments perhaps is when a young polar bear slips down a hill and as he slides, the music takes on a comical turn, as if it were a practiced circus act. This documentary is filled with such little moments which make it all the more enjoyable. Read More »

James Algar – A True-Life Adventure: Secrets of Life (1956)

Going for a dramatic approach, this installment takes a look at the changing world of nature, from the sky to the sea to the sun to the insects to volcanic action to the planet itself. It’s nature’s strange and intricate designs for survival and her many methods of perpetuating life in this spectacular story. It takes a lot to make nature footage dramatic but here we are and it’s quite a sight. It’s exciting, beautifully shot and photographed, sometimes a little suspenseful, though it might not look like it at the start of it. Experience nature’s Secrets of Life and witness the wonder of it all with this solid and visually splendid True-Life Adventure! Read More »

Paul Kenworthy & Ralph Wright – A True-Life Fantasy: Perri (1957)

Perri is a 1957 film from Walt Disney Productions, based on Felix Salten’s 1938 Perri: The Youth of a Squirrel. It was the company’s fifth feature entry in their True-Life Adventures series, and the only one to be labeled a True Life Fantasy. In doing so, the Disney team combined the documentary aspects of earlier efforts with fictional scenarios and characters. Read More »