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True Life Adventures
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True-Life Adventures series is a collection of short subject documentary films produced by Walt Disney Productions roughly between 1948 and 1960. The series won numerous Academy Awards for the studio including five awards for Best Two Reel Live Action Short. It inspired a daily panel comic strip that was distributed from 1955 to 1971. Several of the films were adapted in comic book format as one shots in the Dell Comics Four Color series. The films were among the earliest production experience for Roy E. Disney. Also, this film series was the launching pad for Disney's new distributor, Buena Vista International. TV episodes are from Disney's anthology TV series.

In 2007, Disney established a new nature documentary film label called Disneynature.

Films

Educational shorts

The following shorts were edited out the other shorts/films/episodes for educational purpose ether a fragment were experted out of longer film or two or more sequence were edited together from more than two or more different films to form "new" film. Thus they are not included on the Legacy DVDs. Films made up of stock footage two or more Disney nature films and thus not listed with respective original film above:

  • The Weasel Family (1968)
  • The Wild Dog Family - The Coyote (1968)
  • The Wild Cat Family - The Cougar (1968)
  • The Deer Family (1968)
  • Of Horses and Men (1968)
  • The Bear Family (1970)
  • The Beasts of Burden Family (1970)
  • Teeth are for Chewing (1971) with animated inserts.
  • A Day in Nature's Community (1975)

New True Life Adventures

On February 14, 2000, Disney debuted a sequel television documentary series to the True Life Adventures for syndication and educational video distribution. There were four entries in this new series.

  • Alaska: Dances of the Caribou - February 14, 2000
  • Elephant Journey - May 8, 2000
  • Sea of Sharks - July 24, 2000
  • The Everglades: Home of the Living Dinosaurs - November 20, 2000

Controversies

The film series was exposed in 1982 by the CBC newsmagazine The Fifth Estate for Animal Cruelty and faking nature scenes. It is also credited as the source of the myth of lemming mass suicides.

DVD releases

All of the True-Life Adventures films have been released on DVD over four discs as part of the Walt Disney's Legacy Collection line which launched December 5, 2006. Other nature documentary shorts that weren't officially True Life Adventures were also included on these discs.

Volume 1: Wonders of the World

DISC ONE

  • 1. Introduction by Roy Disney
  • 2. White Wilderness
  • 3. Water Birds
  • 4. Beaver Valley
  • 5. Prowlers of the Everglades

DISC TWO

Bonus Features

  • 4. "Backstage with Roy Disney at Disney's Animal Kingdom: Birds"
  • 5. Tribute to James Algar
  • 6. Filmmakers' Journal
  • 7. Collectors' Corner
  • 8. Original Theatrical Trailers

Volume 2: Lands of Exploration

DISC ONE

  • 1. Introduction by Roy Disney
  • 2. The Living Desert
  • 3. The Vanishing Prairie
  • 4. Seal Island

DISC TWO

Bonus Features

  • 5. Backstage with Roy Disney at Disney's Animal Kingdom: Desert Insects
  • 6. Backstage with Roy Disney at Disney's Animal Kingdom: Snakes
  • 7. Filmmakers' Journal
  • 8. Collectors' Corner
  • 9. Trailers & Promo

Volume 3: Creatures of the Wild

DISC ONE

  • 1. Introduction by Roy Disney
  • 2. The African Lion
  • 3. Jungle Cat
  • 4. Bear Country

DISC TWO

  • 1. Olympic Elk
  • 2. "Cameras in Africa"
  • 3. "The Yellowstone Story"

Bonus Features

  • 4. Tribute to the Milottes
  • 5. Backstage with Roy Disney at Disney's Animal Kingdom: Elephants
  • 6. Backstage with Roy Disney at Disney's Animal Kingdom: Cheetah Medical Exam
  • 7. Filmmakers' Journal
  • 8. Collectors' Corner
  • 9. Trailers & Promo

Volume 4: Nature's Mysteries

DISC ONE

  • 1. Introduction by Roy Disney
  • 2. Secrets of Life
  • 3. Perri

DISC TWO

  • 1. Nature's Half Acre
  • 2. "Searching for Nature's Mysteries"
  • 3. "Adventure in Wildwood Heart"

Bonus Features

  • 4. Backstage with Roy Disney at Disney's Animal Kingdom: Butterflies
  • 5. Tribute to Winston Hibler
  • 6. Filmmakers' Journal
  • 7. Collectors' Corner
  • 8. Original Theatrical Trailers
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