Disney Shorts: 1950ies
 
COMPLETE
(February 23, 2008)

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Short 493

Pluto’ Heart Throb

January 06, 1950

When Butch and Pluto vie for Dinah’s attention, it appears the brute strength of the bulldog will vanquish Pluto until Dinah must be rescued from a swimming pool. Only Pluto manages to rescue her and in doing so, wins her.

min. Directed by Charles Nichols. Pluto #38

Short 494

Lion Around

January 20, 1950

The nephews disguise themselves as a lion to get a pie from Donald, who, when he discovers the trick, chases them and gets mixed up with a real lion to whom he must keep serving pies in order to stay alive.

min. Directed by Jack Hannah. Donald Duck #92

Short 495

Pluto and the Gopher

February 10, 1950

Pluto digs up Minnie’s garden and destroys her house in order to catch a pesky gopher – in spite of Minnie’s scoldings.

min. Directed by Charles Nichols. Pluto #39

Short 496

How to Ride a Horse

February 24, 1950

Goofy is not very adept at horseback riding, and the horse constantly gets the best of him.

It was earlier released as part of the feature, The Reluctant Dragon (1941).

min. Directed by Jack Kinney.

Short 497

The Brave Engineer

March 03, 1950

Casey Jones is determined to get his train to the station on time, in spite of train robbers, a flood, and a head-on collision with another train. Although late, Casey finally arrives in the wrecked locomotive, with his watch reading “On Time…Almost”.

min. Directed by Jack Kinney.

Short 498

Crazy Over Daisy

March 24, 1950

When Donald attempts to get revenge on the chipmunks for wrecking his bike on his trip to Daisy’s house, she scolds him for his cruel conduct.

min. Directed by Jack Hannah. Donald Duck #93

Short 499

The Wonder Dog

April 07, 1950

Pluto tries to become Dinah’s dream of Wonder Dog, despite Butch’s interference, and he does indeed prove himself by performing various circus stunts, to his own wonderment as well as Dinah’s.

min. Directed by Charles Nichols. Pluto #40

Short 500

Trailer Horn

April 28, 1950

Donald and the chipmunks, Chip and Dale, are after each other again, this time when they come upon Donald vacationing in a trailer. When he goes swimming, they fool him by moving the diving board and end up wrecking his car.

min. Directed by Jack Hannah. Donald Duck #94

Short 501

Primitive Pluto

May 19, 1950

Pluto’s Primitive Instinct, in the form of a little wolf, Primo, convinces Pluto to hunt for food like a wild dog. When Pluto is unable to catch anything, he returns to his food, only to find Primo has eaten it.

min. Directed by Charles Nichols. Pluto #41

Short 502

Puss-Café

June 09, 1950

Two cats disturb Pluto’s napping by trying to help themselves to the milk on the back step, and to birds and fish in his yard. Pluto continually chases them away, finally chasing them all the way back to their alley, where a huge third cat chases Pluto away.

min. Directed by Charles Nichols. Pluto #42

Short 503

Motor Mania

June 30, 1950

Goofy portrays both the roles of a normal family man, Mr. Walker, who becomes a monster, and Mr. Wheeler, behind the wheel of his car. He changes back to a mild pedestrian attempting to cross the street, only to revert back once again behind the wheel.

This cartoon has long been a favorite one in driver’s training classes.

min. Directed by Jack Kinney. Goofy #25

Short 504

Beaver Valley [a.k.a. In Beaver Valley]

July 19, 1950

The film portrays the beaver as the leading citizen of the pond area in which he lives, sharing space with moose, deer, crayfish, raccoons, otters, frogs, and all kinds of birds.

Academy Award: #25*: Two-Reel Short Subject, 1950.

Photographed by Alfred Milotte.

Narrated by Winston Hibler and musical orchestrations by Paul Smith.

32 min. Directed by James Algar. True-Life Adventure #02

Short 505

Pests of the West

July 21, 1950

Bent-Tail, the coyote, and his son, Junior, try again to steal what Pluto guards, this time chickens in a henhouse, but this proves as unsuccessful as their previous outing.

Sequel to Sheep Dog (1949).

min. Directed by Charles Nichols. Pluto #43

Short 506

Food for Feudin’

August 11, 1950

The chipmunks and Pluto battle over possession of a supply of nuts.

min. Directed by Charles Nichols. Pluto #44

Short 507

Hook, Lion and Sinker

September 01, 1950

A mountain lion and cub try various ways to steal fish from Donald, always with the same result – the cub picking Donald’s buckshot out of his father’s bottom.

min. Directed by Jack Hannah. Donald Duck #95

Short 508

Camp Dog

September 22, 1950

While campers are away, Pluto must guard the campsite from two coyotes, Bent-Tail and his son, Junior. The coyotes try to steal food, with Junior complicating matters by “stealing” Pluto, whom he considers to be food. After a chase that destroys the camp, Pluto joins the coyotes in the hills rather than try to explain to the campers.

min. Directed by Charles Nichols. Pluto #45.

Short 509

Bee at the Beach

October 13, 1950

When Donald accidentally upsets a bee through a series of mishaps and some deliberate provocation, the conflict worsens until the bee gets the ultimate revenge by ruining Donald’s rubber raft, causing him to be chased by sharks.

min. Directed by Jack Hannah. Donald Duck #96.

Short 510

Hold That Pose

November 03, 1950

Goofy buys photographic equipment for his new hobby and eagerly goes out to find a subject which turns out to be a bear. But he so angers the bear with the flash apparatus that it chases him back to his apartment.

min. Directed by Jack Kinney. Goofy #26

Short 511

Morris the Midget Mouse

November 24, 1950

Morris is the laughingstock of the whole moose herd because he is so small but has a full set of antlers. Everything changes, however, when he meets another outcast moose, Balsam, who is huge but has only puny antlers. The two become a great pair, and by getting up on Balsam’s back and using his antlers, Morris and Balsam are able to defeat the leader of the herd.

min. Directed by Jack Hannah.

Short 512

Out on a Limb

December 15, 1950

In his work as a tree surgeon, Donald discovers the tree home of Chip and Dale and harasses them with a tree pruner they believe to be a monster. They soon realize their error and have the frustrated Donald venting his temper.

min. Directed by Jack Hannah. Donald Duck #97

Short 513

Lion Down

January 05, 1951

In his attempt to hang a hammock, Goofy searches for a second tree to hold it up, but the one he finds dislodges a lion, who returns home with Goofy. Soon the lion wants the hammock too, and a battle begins with Goofy emerging the victor.

min. Directed by Jack Kinney. Goofy #27

Short 514

Chicken in the Rough

January 19, 1951

Chip and Dale, picking acorns, come across a nest of eggs. A baby chick hatches from one of the eggs and Dale, in trying to stuff the chick back into the egg, gets involved with the rooster and ends up trapped under the hen with the rooster pacing outside.

min. Directed by Jack Hannah. Chip ‘n’ Dale #01

Short 515

Cold Storage

February 09, 1951

Pluto and a stork battle in the dead of winter for possession of Pluto’s house, confiscated by the stork, until spring arrives.

min. Directed by Jack Kinney. Pluto #46

Short 516

Dude Duck

March 02, 1951

Donald, on vacation at a dude ranch, cannot wait to ride a horse. Unfortunately, the only horse available is completely unwilling to cooperate. Donald ends up on a bull’s back riding out into the desert with the horse laughing wildly.

min. Directed by Jack Hannah. Donald Duck #98

Short 517

Home Made Home

March 23, 1951

Goofy encounters many problems building his own house, but is relieved when the work is done and he has company in – until the house collapses.

min. Directed by Jack Kinney. Goofy #28

Short 518

Corn Chips

March 23, 1951

Donald tricks Chip and Dale into shoveling his sidewalk after they dump snow on his just-shoveled sidewalk. They retaliate by stealing Donald’s bowl of popcorn. When Donald builds a fire to smoke them out of their tree, the chipmunks dump a box of kernels into the tree, resulting in popcorn exploding all over the yard. Donald is back to shoveling the popcorn as if it was snow.

min. Directed by Jack Hannah. Donald Duck #99

Short 519

Cold War

April 27, 1951

When Goofy gets a cold, he is tormented by a virus character until his wife comes home and puts him to bed. The virus goes away, only to return two weeks later when Goofy is back at work, but sitting in a draft.

min. Directed by Jack Kinney. Goofy #29

Short 520

Plutopia

May 18, 1951

While on vacation at a mountain resort with Mickey, Pluto dreams he is in Utopia with an overly obsequious cat acting as his butler. The butler will perform anything Pluto’s heart desires, when Pluto bites his tail. Awakening, Pluto bites a nearby cat’s tail and a furious battle ensues.

min. Directed by Charles Nichols. Mickey Mouse #114 & Pluto #47

Short 521

Test Pilot Donald

June 08, 1951

Chip and Dale fight Donald over possession of his model airplane.

min. Directed by Jack Hannah. Donald Duck #100

Short 522

Tomorrow We Diet

June 29, 1951

Goofy’s willpower to diet is quashed by a voice from the mirror that tells him to eat, drink, and be merry – and tomorrow we’ll diet.

min. Directed by Jack Kinney. Goofy #30

Short 523

A Lucky Number

July 20, 1951

Donald, unbeknownst to him, has won a new car, and his nephews go to pick it up as a surprise. But when the car arrives, Donald wrecks it thinking his nephews played a trick.

min. Directed by Jack Hannah. Donald Duck #101

Short 524

Nature’s Half Acre

July 28, 1951

 

The film tells the story of the amazing amount of life to be found each season in almost any small plot of ground and the way nature maintains her balance in the “grass-roots” world of insects and their ever-present fight for survival.

Academy Award: #26*: Two-Reel Short Subject, 1951.

Originally released in the United States with Alice in Wonderland.

Photographed by Murl Deusing and eight other photographers. The time-lapse photography by John Nash Ott is particularly noteable.

Narrated by Winston Hibler and music by Paul Smith.

33 min. Directed by James Algar. True-Life Adventure #03

Short 525

How to Catch A Cold

August 01, 1951

About the myths and facts of the cold virus. Shows the manner in which a cold is caught and spread throughout a community, and how it should be treated.

Made for International Cellucotton Co.

Revised version was released in September 1986.

min. Educational film.

Short 526

R’coon Dwag

August 10, 1951

Mickey is ‘coon hunting with Pluto, tracking the animal that tricks the pair into believing Mickey’s raccoon hat is its baby. Mickey and Pluto apologize and leave quietly as the “baby” waves good-bye.

min. Directed by Charles Nichols. Mickey Mouse #115

Short 527

Get Rich Quick

August 31, 1951

Again playing Everyman, Goofy wins money at poker and though his wife is initially angry with his gambling, she forgives him when she sees the amount of cash he has won, causing Goofy to say, “Easy come, easy go!”

min. Directed by Jack Kinney. Goofy #31

Short 528

Cold Turkey

September 21, 1951

Pluto and Milton, the cat, are persuaded by a television commercial for Lurkey Turkey to cook one of their own, but the situation quickly explodes into a fight for the bird.

min. Directed by Charles Nichols. Pluto #48

Short 529

Fathers Are People

October 21, 1951

Goofy experiences the trials and tribulations of fatherhood, with Junior always coming out ahead in each situation.

min. Directed by Jack Kinney. Goofy #32

Short 530

Out of Scale

November 02, 1951

Donald, as engineer of a miniature train in his backyard, runs into difficulties with Chip and Dale when he replaces their oak tree with a miniature one. The only way the clever animals can save their home is by putting a “Giant Redwood” sign on it and letting the train pass trough a tunnel in its trunk.

min. Directed by Jack Hannah. Donald Duck #102

Short 531

No Smoking

November 23, 1951

Goofy decides to give up smoking but experiences so many temptations that he grows desperate and gets into various situations trying to get a cigarette.

min. Directed by Jack Kinney. Goofy #33

Short 532

Bee on Guard

December 14, 1951

When Donald discovers bees taking honey from his flowers, he raids their beehive dressed as a giant bee, fooling the bee on guard. The bee is banished in disgrace but is welcomed back as a hero after he wins a ferocious battle with Donald.

min. Directed by Jack Hannah. Donald Duck #103

Short 533

The Riddle of Robin Hood

1952

A promotional film for The Story of Robin Hood, featuring Walt Disney and production personnel.

15 min.

Short 534

The Peter Pan Story

1952

Made in the early days of television, this promotional film for Peter Pan took audiences behind the scenes.

12 min.

Short 535

Father’s Lion

January 04, 1952

Goofy and his son go on a camping trip, and in the midst of Goofy’s tall tales about himself as a great adventurer, they encounter a mountain lion.

min. Directed by Jack Kinney. Goofy #34

Short 536

Donald Applecore

January 18, 1952

Donald’s battle with Chip and Dale over their eating his apples escalates until Donald bombs them with atomic pellets. One of his hens eats a pellet, laying an egg bomb. It explodes while Donald is holding it, creating a hole that sends him all the way to China.

min. Directed by Jack Hannah. Donald Duck #104

Short 537

Lambert, The Sheepish Lion

February 08, 1952

A stork delivers a lion cub to a flock of sheep by mistake, which eventually proves fortuitous for the sheep when Lambert grows up to realize his power and uses it to protect the sheep from a wolf.

Nominated for an Academy Award.

min. Directed by Jack Hannah.

Short 538

The Olympic Elk

February 13, 1952

Depicts the lives of elk living on the Olympia Peninsula in Washington, including their feeding habits, breeding, and battles for supremacy of the herd.

min. Directed by James Algar. True-Life Adventure #04

Short 539

Hello Aloha

February 29, 1952

Goofy, as Mr. Geef, decides to move to the islands and enjoy the carefree life there. As the guest of honor at a luau, he is suddenly thrown into a nearby volcano to appease the fire goddess, but he manages to save himself.

min. Directed by Jack Kinney. Goofy #35

Short 540

Two Chips and a Miss

March 21, 1952

Chip and Dale attend a nightclub and fall in love with the female entertainer, another chipmunk named Clarice, who divides her attention between the two.

min. Directed by Jack Hannah.Chip ‘n’ Dale #02

Short 541

Man’s Best Friend

April 04, 1952

Goofy acquires a puppy and has difficulties with the neighbors as well as with his attempts to train the puppy to be a watchdog.

min. Directed by Jack Kinney. Goofy #36

Short 542

Let’s Stick Together

April 25, 1952

Donald and the bee, Spike, reminisce about their early days together and the scrapes they got into.

min. Directed by Jack Hannah. Donald Duck #105

Short 543

Two Gun Goofy

May 16, 1952

Goofy, by accident, becomes a hero and a sheriff when he interrupts a stagecoach robbery.

min. Directed by Jack Kinney. Goofy #37

Short 544

Susie, The Little Blue Coupe

June 06, 1952

Susie, in an auto showroom, is bought by a man who takes good care of her, but as the time passes she grows older and hr owner trades her in. She has a succession of unfortunate owners who mistreat her, and just as she is about to be abandoned in a junkyard, an eager young man buys her, tinkers with her, and soon has her running again.

min. Directed by Clyde Geronimi.

Short 545

Water Birds

June 26, 1952

Vignettes depict the lives of waterbirds, showing how Nature has adapted each of them to meet the problems of survival, such as different types of beaks and bodies, and describe their feeding habits and courtships.

Academy Award: #27*: Two-Reel Short Subject, 1952.

31 min. Directed by Ben Sharpsteen. True-Life Adventure #05

Short 546

Teachers Are People

June 27, 1952

Goofy is a teacher with a class of children so full of mischief that by the end of the day Goofy is exhausted – and wiser.

min. Directed by Jack Kinney. Goofy #38

Short 547

Uncle Donald’s Ants

July 18, 1952

Donald has ant trouble when sugar spills from a bag he is carrying. This leads to a battle with the ants at his home over a jug of maple syrup, eventually resulting in Donald’s car exploding and the ants enjoying the syrup.

min. Directed by Jack Hannah. Donald Duck #106

Short 548

The Little House

August 08, 1952

The little house begins life happily in the country but with “progress” it is soon completely overtaken and surrounded by the encroaching big city. Fortunately, a caring family has her moved back to the country onto a small hill and there the little house is happy once more.

From the popular children’s book by Virginia Lee Burton.

min. Directed by Wilfred Jackson.

Short 549

Pluto’s Party

September 19, 1952

At his own birthday party, Pluto gets pushed around by the nephews and cannot even get any of his own cake until after the party, when Mickey presents him with a piece he had saved.

min. Directed by Milt Schaffer. Mickey Mouse #116

Short 550

Trick or Treat

October 10, 1952

When the nephews come to Donald’s house in their Halloween costumes, he plays tricks on them until Witch Hazel joins up with them and with her magical powers teaches Donald a lesson.

min. Directed by Jack Hannah. Donald Duck #107

Short 551

Two Weeks Vacation

October 31, 1952

Goofy goes on his vacation but gets tangles up with a trailer and has various other mishaps until he ends up peacefully in jail.

min. Directed by Jack Kinney. Goofy #39

Short 552

Pluto’s Christmas Tree

November 21, 1952

The tree that Mickey chops down to bring home for Christmas turns out to be the home of Chip and Dale. In discovering the chipmunks’ presence and trying to get them out of the trimmed tree, Pluto destroys it.

min. Directed by Jack Hannah. Mickey Mouse #117

Short 553

History of Aviation

December 1952

Humorous history of aviation from the Wright Brothers to World War II.

Originally released as part of Victory Through Air Power.

min. Educational film.

Short 554

Behind the Scenes of Walt Disney Studio

December 1952

Robert Benchley leads a tour of the Disney Studio, as he tries to see Walt to sell him a story.

Originally released as part of The Reluctant Dragon.

26 min.

Short 555

How to Be a Detective

December 12, 1952

Goofy is “Johnny Eyeball, Private Eye” who gets mixed up in a surreal whodunit involving a classy dame, a cop, weasels, and the mysterious missing Al.

min. Directed by Jack Kinney. Goofy #40

Short

New Year’s Jamboree

1953

Compilation of various shorts released previously under RKO.

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RKO compilation to make profit one more time, because Disney and RKO Radio Pictures dissolved their film distribution contract later that year.

min.

Short 556

Bear Country

February 05, 1953

The story of the American black bears from the time they are born and trained by their mothers, through the mating battles and finally the mother’s abandonment of her young.

Academy Award: #29*: Two-Reel Short Subject, 1953.

33 min. Directed by James Algar. True-Life Adventure #06

Short 557

The Alaskan Eskimo

February 18, 1953

Utilized footage shot in Alaska by the team of Alfred and Elma Milotte, depicting the everyday home life of the families in a typical Eskimo village. The building and hunting activities of the summer, the winter activities underground when the blizzard coma, and the celebration of spring with the “mask dance” are all shown.

Academy Award: #30*: Documentary Short Subject, 1953.

27 min. Directed by James Algar. People & Places #01

Short 558

Father’s Day Off

March 28, 1953

Goofy takes over the household chores when his wife goes out but he gets so completely confused that the house is a shambles and on fire when she returns.

min. Directed by Jack Kinney. Goofy #41

Short 559

The Simple Things

April 18, 1953

While Mickey fishes at the beach, Pluto has bad encounters with a clam and then a seagull that also steals Mickey’s bait and fish. The pair are eventually chased away by all the gull’s friends.

The last Mickey Mouse cartoon for thirty years.

min. Directed by Charles Nichols. Mickey Mouse #118

Short 560

For Whom the Bulls Toil

May 09, 1953

Goofy, on a tour of Mexico, is mistaken for a great matador and is rushed into the bullring where, after a mad, crazy chase, he eventually does subdue the bull.

min. Directed by Jack Kinney. Goofy #42

Short 561

Adventures in Music: Melody

May 28, 1953

Professor Owl tries to teach his class about melody.

First cartoon ever filmed in 3-D. It was shown in the Fantasyland Theater at Disneyland as part of the 3D Jamboree.

min. Directed by Ward Kimball, Charles Nichols.

Short 562

Don’s Fountain of Youth

May 30, 1953

On his travels with his nephews, Donald tricks them into believing he has been magically transformed into a baby and then an egg by a “Fountain of Youth” until an encounter with a mother alligator and her babies spoil Donald’s fun.

min. Directed by Jack Hannah. Donald Duck #108

Short

4th of July Firecrackers

June 1953

Compilation of various shorts released previously under RKO.

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RKO compilation to make profit one more time, because Disney and RKO Radio Pictures dissolved their film distribution contract later that year.

min.

Short 563

Father’s Weekend

June 20, 1953

Goofy runs his life by the clock all week and relaxes on Sunday, but he has such a frantic day with his son at the beach that he is delighted to go back to work to rest up from his day of rest.

min. Directed by Jack Kinney. Goofy #43

Short 564

How to Dance

July 11, 1953

A short history of the dance, followed by Goofy trying to learn with the aid of a dummy and dancing school.

min. Directed by Jack Kinney. Goofy #44

Short 565

Prowlers of the Everglades

July 23, 1953

Story of the vast and primitive Everglades in Florida, told through the lives of its animal inhabitants, including alligators, raccoons, skunks, otters, and birds.

32 min. Directed by James Algar. True-Life Adventure #07

Short 566

The New Neighbor

August 01, 1953

Donald tries hard to get along with his new neighbor, Pete, and Pete’s terrible dog, but when Pete borrows all of Donald’s food and throws stuff in his backyard, the fight is on.

min. Directed by Jack Hannah. Donald Duck #109.

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Fall Varieties

September 1953

Compilation of various shorts released previously under RKO.

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RKO compilation to make profit one more time, because Disney and RKO Radio Pictures dissolved their film distribution contract later that year.

min.

Short

Halloween Hilarities

October 1953

Compilation of various shorts released previously under RKO.

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RKO compilation to make profit one more time, because Disney and RKO Radio Pictures dissolved their film distribution contract later that year.

min.

Short

Thanksgiving Day Mirthquakes

October 1953

Compilation of various shorts released previously under RKO.

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RKO compilation to make profit one more time, because Disney and RKO Radio Pictures dissolved their film distribution contract later that year.

min.

Short 567

Football (Now and Then)

October 02, 1953

A boy and his grandfather argue the merits of football past and present while watching two teams, Bygone U and Present State, on television. Though the game ends in a tie, Grandfather is more impressed with a commercial and goes out to buy the advertised dishwasher.

min. Directed by Jack Kinney.

Short 568

Rugged Bear

October 23, 1953

When hunting season opens, a terrified bear hides in Donald’s cabin and endures the torture of being a household bear rug until the season closes.

Nominated for an Academy Award.

min. Directed by Jack Hannah. Donald Duck #110

Short

Christmas Jollities

November 1953

Compilation of various shorts released previously under RKO.

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RKO compilation to make profit one more time, because Disney and RKO Radio Pictures dissolved their film distribution contract later that year.

min.

Short 569

Toot, Whistle, Plunk, and Boom

November 10, 1953

Professor Owl explains to his students about musical instruments, illustrating with the song “Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Bloom”. From the cave dwellers to modern times, we find that all instruments are based on the toot, the whistle, and so on, and they finally evolve into modern musical instruments.

Academy Award: #31*: Cartoon Short Subject, 1953.

Sequel to Adventures in Music: Melody (1953).

First cartoon filmed in CinemaScope and the first short cartoon released by Buena Vista.

10 min. Directed by Ward Kimball, Charles Nichols.

Short 570

Ben and Me

November 10, 1953

Amos, a poor, little church mouse, comes to live with the fabulous Ben rankling and through Amos’s suggestions the Franklin stove and bifocals are invented, electricity is discovered, and the opening words of the Declaration of Independence are provided.

Released by Buena Vista Distribution Company with The Living Desert.

21 min. Directed by Hamilton Luske.

Short 571

Working for Peanuts

November 11, 1953

Chip and Dale steal peanuts from an elephant, Dolores, until zookeeper Donald comes to the rescue. Chip and Dale win eventually, getting all the peanuts they can eat by using white paint to pass themselves off as rare albino chipmunks.

Filmed in 3-D.

Shown at Disneyland as part of the 3D Jamboree, and later in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World with Magic Journeys.

min. Directed by Jack Hannah. Donald Duck #111

Short 572

How to Sleep

December 25, 1953

Goofy shows the various ways human sleep, and has no trouble falling asleep throughout the day, including at his desk at work, but when he goes home to bed at night, he cannot sleep. He tries various gadgets, but finally a scientist has to hit him over the head.

min. Directed by Jack Kinney. Goofy #45

Short 573

Canvas Back Duck

December 25, 1953

At a carnival, Donald shows his strength on the various “strength machines”, in order to make his nephews proud. When a wimpy boy tells the nephews that his father can beat Donald, Donald doesn’t hesitate to agree to fight, only to discover the father is the hulking Peewee Pete. They fight in the ring, and Donald manages to win.

min. Directed by Jack Hannah. Donald Duck #112

Short 574

Spare the Rod

January 15, 1954

Donald’s conscience, in the form of a “guidance counselor duck”, advises him to deal with his nephews’ misbehavior psychologically, rather than physically. Donald mistakes some pygmy cannibals, who have escaped from the circus, for his nephews playing in disguise. Donald spanks one pygmy who bites Donald. Tired of interference, Donald takes his conscience out to the woodshed.

min. Directed by Jack Hannah. Donald Duck #113

Short 575

Donald’s Diary

March 05, 1954

The narrator tells of Donald’s romance with Daisy through use of Donald’s diary. Daisy has almost snared him into marriage when he has a nightmarish vision of what their married life would be like. He decides to run away, and we see him writing in his diary in the French Foreign Legion.

min. Directed by Jack Kinney. Donald Duck #114

Short 576

Stormy, The Thoroughbred with an Inferiority Complex

March 12, 1954

Stormy, a handsome colt with a famous bloodline, is sold to a cattle ranch when he misses his chance to be a glamorous race horse, but soon he accepts and enjoys his new life. He proves his thoroughbred training when he is bought by a famous polo player and helps his master win a game.

46 min. Directed by Larry Lansburgh. Live action.

Short 577

The Lone Chipmunks

April 07, 1954

Chip and Dale’s game of robber and sheriff turns real when they successfully capture Pete, the infamous bank robber.

min. Directed by Jack Kinney. Chip ‘n’ Dale #03

Short 578

Two for the Record

April 23, 1954

The musical journey starts surreal with anthropomorphic musical instruments and then an animated pencil draws a group of lively teenagers having a jitterbug session at the local malt shop.

Special cartoon combining After You’ve Gone and All the Cats Join In segments of Make Mine Music (1946).

The song “After you’ve gone” by Henry Creamer and Turner Leighton, is performed by the Benny Goodman Quartet.

The song “All the cats join in” by Alec Wilder, Ray Gilbert and Eddie Sauter, is featuring Benny Goodman and his Orchestra.

min. Directed by Jack Kinney.

Short 579

Johnny Fedora and Alice Blue Bonnet

May 21, 1954

The musical story about the romance between a boy and girl hat.

Re-released segment of Make Mine Music (1946).

Sung by the Andrew Sisters.

min. Directed by Jack Kinney.

Short 580

Pigs Is Pigs

May 21, 1954

McMorehouse goes to collect his two guinea pigs from stationmaster Flannery and argues the animals are pets and not pigs, and therefore the shipping charges should be cheaper. While the dispute goes on, the pigs multiply, McMorehouse leaves, and Flannery sends all the pigs to the main office.

Produced in the popular UPA style of limited animation and was nominated for an Academy Award.

min. Directed by Jack Kinney.

Short 581

Casey Bats Again

June 18, 1954

Casey is dismayed while trying to have sons that can follow in their dad’s footsteps, because he has only daughters. Eventually, he realizes that he has nine tomboy daughters, just enough for a baseball team. He tries to regain his former glory with his nine-daughter baseball team, which wins the championship despite Casey’s interference.

min. Directed by Jack Kinney.

Short 582

The Martins and the Coys

June 18, 1954

The musical story about two feuding families.

Re-released segment of Make Mine Music (1946).

Sung by the King’s Men.

min. Directed by Jack Kinney.

Short 583

Dragon Around

July 16, 1954

As a steam-shovel operator, Donald is clearing an excavation site when he runs into Chip and Dale, who imagine the machine is a dragon threatening their home. By getting into the tool chest, they unbolt the steam shovel, which falls apart, thus enabling them to vanquish the dragon.

min. Directed by Jack Hannah. Donald Duck #115

Short 584

Casey at the Bat

July 16, 1954

The musical story about the mighty but vain ballplayer who strikes out to lose the game.

Re-released segment of Make Mine Music (1946).

“A Musical Recitation” by Jerry Colonna.

min. Directed by Clyde Geronimi.

Short 585

Grin and Bear It

August 13, 1954

Ranger J. Audubon Woodlore, in his first appearance, tries to get the bears to behave during tourist season at Brownstone National Park. Each of the other bears selects their own tourist, from which they get plenty of food, but Humphrey, with stingy Donald Duck as his tourist, gets nothing to eat. Humphrey tries to trick Donald out of his ham and picnic basket by making Donald think he has run over the bear with his car. In the resulting melee, food gets scattered all over the highway, and the ranger gives both Donald and Humphrey pointed sticks to use to pick it up. He tries surreptitiously to keep the ham for himself, but Donald and Humphrey foil his plan.

min. Directed by Jack Hannah. Donald Duck #116

Short 586

Little Toot

August 13, 1954

The musical story of a little tugboat who is constantly getting into trouble, but who redeems himself by saving a ship from sinking during a big storm.

Re-released segment of Melody Time (1948).

From a story by Hardie Gramatky.

Title Song is sung by the Andrew Sisters.

min. Directed by Clyde Geronimi.

Short 587

Willie the Operatic Whale

August 17, 1954

The musical story about an opera-singing whale.

Re-released segment “The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met” of Make Mine Music (1946).

“Opera Pathetique”, sung by Nelson Eddy.

min. Directed by Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske.

Short 588

Once Upon a Wintertime

September 17, 1954

The musical story about a boy and a girl’s outing on the ice in the 1800s.

Re-released segment of Melody Time (1948).

Sung by Frances Langford. The song is by Bobby Worth and Ray Gilbert.

min. Directed by Hamilton Luske.

Short 589

Social Lion

October 15, 1954

A lion, feared by all in the wilds of Africa, learns that no one fears him when he escapes in the big city after being captured. However, when he tries to dress up like a human, everyone then recognizes him as a lion and is terrified. The lion ends up in the zoo, scaring all the zoo visitors.

min. Directed by Jack Kinney.

Short 590

The Flying Squirrel

November 12, 1954

Donald promises a peanut to a flying squirrel if it will hang his peanut sign in a nearby tree. But when the peanut turns out to be rotten, the squirrel gets his just revenge.

min. Directed by Jack Hannah. Donald Duck #118

Short 591

Grand Canyonscope

December 23, 1954

Donald proves to be a meddlesome tourist to Ranger J. Audubon Woodlore, getting the two of them involved with an angry mountain lion who chases them all about the canyon, ultimately destroying the national monument.

Filmed in CinemaScope.

min. Directed by Charles Nichols. Donald Duck #117

Short 592

Siam

December 24, 1954

The featurette shows the everyday lives of the people of Siam, their classic dances, how they avoid the monsoon rains, a visit to a teak camp with elephants at work as well as a visit to Bangkok, the “Venice of the Orient”.

32 min. Directed by Ralph Wright. People & Places #02

Short 593

Pecos Bill

1955

The story about a young boy who was raised by coyotes and became the toughest cowboy in the west.

Re-released segment of Melody Time (1948).

Featuring “Blue Shadows on the Trail”, sung by Roy Rodgers and the Sons of the Pioneers

23 min. Directed by Clyde Geronimi.

Short 594

No Hunting

January 14, 1955

Donald is inspired by his Grandpappy’s hunting skills to go out with him on a modern-day hunt where the pair spend most of their time avoiding the bullets of the other hunters, and never have a chance to bag any game.

Filmed in CinemaScope and nominated for an Academy Award.

min. Directed by Jack Hannah. Donald Duck #119

Short 595

Lake Titicaca

February 18, 1955

Donald Ducks holiday high in the Andes.

Re-released segment of Saludos Amigos (1943).

min. Directed by Bill Roberts.

Short 596

Contrast in Rhythm

March 11, 1955

The story starts with the fantasy of a bee’s nightmare and then a lyrical setting of the famous poem "Trees" by Alfred Joyce Kilmer follows trees through the seasons.

Special cartoon combining Bumble Boogie and Trees segments of Melody Time  (1948).

Bumble Boogie is featuring Freddy Martin and His Orchestra and Jack Fina at the piano.

min. Directed by Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske.

Short 597

Blame It on the Samba

April 01, 1955

José Carioca teaches Donald Duck to dance the samba.

Re-released segment of Melody Time  (1948).

Featuring the Dinning Sisters and Ethel Smith at the organ.

min. Directed by Clyde Geronimi.

Short 598

Pedro

May 13, 1955

The story about a baby airplane carrying the mail.

Re-released segment of Saludos Amigos (1943).

min. Directed by Hamilton Luske.

Short 599

Arizona Sheepdog

May 25, 1955

Nick and Rock are two sheepdogs, belonging to a herder in Arizona, who must help him get the sheep from the dry lands of the plains up to the lush mountain pastures. Along the way, they have to search for lost sheep and ford mountain streams, and protect the herd from mountain lions.

Also released under as Nicky and Rock – Working Sheep Dogs.

22 min. Directed by Larry Lansburgh. Live action.

Short 600

El Gaucho Goofy

June 10, 1955

Goofy as an American Cowboy is trying to become an Argentinean gaucho.

Re-released segment of Saludos Amigos (1943).

min. Directed by Jack Kinney.

Short 601

Switzerland

June 16, 1955

The film visits cities and small towns of Switzerland to explore the local customs and activities during the seasons. The climax is a climb to the top of the Matterhorn with three mountaineers.

Filmed in CinemaScope.

33 min. Directed by Ben Sharpsteen. People & Places #03

Short 602

Aquarela do Brasil

June 24, 1955

José Carioca teaches Donald Duck to dance the samba.

Re-released segment of Saludos Amigos (1943).

min. Directed by Wilfred Jackson.

Short 603

Operation: Disneyland

July 1955

A film to show the elaborate preparations for the live 90-minute broadcast of Disneyland’s opening day on July 17, 1955.

This film was never shown to public and only broadcasted by close-circuit to ABC Television affiliates around the country.

25 min.

Short 604

A World Is Born

July, 1955

A condensed version of the natural history of the Earth from the formation of the planet, to the first living creatures, to the age, reign, and extinction of the dinosaurs.

Re-released Stravinsky segment “Rite of Spring” taken from Fantasia (1940).

min. Directed by Bill Roberts & Paul Satterfield.

Short 605

The Flying Gauchito

July 15, 1955

A story in which a little boy trains a flying donkey for racing.

Re-released segment of The Three Caballeros (1945).

min. Directed by Jack Kinney.

Short 606

A Tour of the West [a.k.a. Circarama U.S.A.]

July 17, 1955

Circarama 360-degree film that shows a drive through Las Vegas, and Los Angeles, and the beautiful scenery of the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley.

The Tomorrowland attraction Circarama U.S.A. was sponsored by American Motors.

12 min.

Short

Rocket to the Moon

July 17, 1955

A simulated trip to observe the far side of the moon.

Projection at the Rocket to the Moon attraction in Tomorrowland until September 05, 1966. It was sponsored by TWA from 1955 to 1961 and McDonnell Douglas from 1962 to 1966.

min.

Short 607

Bearly Asleep

August 19, 1955

When Humphrey the bear is kicked out of his hibernation cave because of his snoring, he tries again and again to use Donald’s house, ultimately disguising himself as an orphan bear to be taken back into the cave.

Filmed in CinemaScope.

min. Directed by Jack Hannah. Donald Duck #120

Short 608

Beezy Bear

September 02, 1955

Humphrey the bear continually tries different ways to steal honey from Donald’s beehives, resulting in conflicts between Donald and Ranger J. Audubon Woodlore when Donald wants the bears kept away.

Filmed in CinemaScope.

min. Directed by Jack Hannah. Donald Duck #121

Short 609

Peter and the Wolf

September 14, 1955

The musical story about the brave young boy who goes with a duck, cat, and bird to catch the wolf, with each character represented by a musical instrument in the orchestra. Peter is represented by a string quartet; Sasha the bird by a flute, Sonja the duck by an oboe, Ivan the cat by a clarinet, Grandpa by a bassoon, and the hunters by kettle drums.

Re-released segment of Make Mine Music (1946).

The story is told by Sterling Holloway and the music is by Prokofiev.

min. Directed by Clyde Geronimi.

Short 610

Up a Tree

September 23, 1955

Donald Duck, a logger in a logging camp, is getting ready to topple a tree that is the home of Chip and Dale, who quickly get revenge that ultimately leads to the destruction of Donald’s house.

min. Directed by Jack Hannah. Donald Duck #122

Short

Music Land

October 05, 1955

Compilation of four shorts from Make Mine Music and five from Melody Time released previously under RKO.

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A last try by RKO to make profit with Disney cartoons one more time.

min.

Short 611

Emperor Penguins

October 13, 1955

Documents the life and habits of the largest of all penguins.

11 min. Directed by Maris Marret. Live action.

Short 612

Men Against the Arctic

1955

The film shows how icebreakers, specially constructed ships built by the U.S. Coast Guard, to make their way through heavy Arctic icepacks. They maneuver with the aid of helicopters in their effort to reach the weather station at Alert, only 400 miles from the Arctic circle, in Operation Alert, an annual task.

Academy Award: #35*: Documentary Short Subject, 1955.

30 min. Directed by Winston Hibler. People & Places #04

Short 613

Johnny Appleseed

December 25, 1955

The story of the young man who planted apple trees throughout the west.

Re-released segment of Melody Time  (1948).

The story is told by Dennis Day.

Released for schools as Legend of Johnny Appleseed.

19 min. Directed by Wilfred Jackson

Short 614

Chips Ahoy

February 24, 1956

Chip and Dale must steal a model ship from Donald in order to gather a plentiful supply of acorns on an island far out in a river. Donald attempts to interfere are thwarted like always by the clever chipmunks, who get their food, inadvertently with Donald’s help.

Filmed in CinemaScope.

min. Directed by Jack Kinney. Donald Duck #123

Short 615

I’m No Fool With a Bicycle

April 1956

A novel contest between Y-O-U and a Common Ordinary Fool that serves to point up basic bicycle safety rules. Jiminy Cricket gives a brief history of this unique transportation vehicle.

Premiered earlier at the Mickey Mouse Club.

An updated version was released in September 1988.

min. Educational film. I’m No Fool #1

Short 616

I’m No Fool With Fire

April 1956

Jiminy Cricket shows humankind’s reliance on fire through the ages and the necessity of understanding the rules pertaining to fire safety because of its potentially destructive nature.

Premiered earlier at the Mickey Mouse Club.

An updated version was released in September 1986.

min. Educational film. I’m No Fool #2

Short 617

Hooked Bear

April 27, 1956

J. Audubon Woodlore attempts to keep Humphrey the bear from fishing with the human fishermen, telling him, “Now go fish like a bear!” But Humphrey keeps looking for an easier way until, before he knows it, fishing season is over and bear hunting season is on.

Filmed in CinemaScope.

min. Directed by Jack Hannah.

Short 618

You – the Human Animal

May 1956

Jiminy Cricket shows people’s unique ability to reason and think, which sets humans apart from all other living creatures. He explains humans’ adaptability, language skills, and intelligence.

Premiered earlier at the Mickey Mouse Club.

An updated version was released on August 23, 1990.

min. Educational film. This Is You #1

Short 619

You – and Your Five Senses

May 1956

Jiminy Cricket explains and compares human responses to stimuli, and how they are highly developed because of his reasoning power. This reasoning ability separates humans from other animals that have senses.

Premiered earlier at the Mickey Mouse Club.

An updated version was released on August 23, 1990.

min. Educational film. This Is You #2

Short 620

The Camel

June 1956

Jiminy Cricket tells the story of the camel.

Premiered earlier at the Mickey Mouse Club.

 

min. Educational film. The Nature of Things #1

Short 621

The Elephant

June 1956

Jiminy Cricket uses animation and live action to tell the story of the elephant.

Premiered earlier at the Mickey Mouse Club.

min. Educational film. The Nature of Things #2

Short 622

3D Jamboree

June 16, 1956

Chip and Dale steal peanuts from an elephant, Dolores, until zookeeper Donald comes to the rescue. Chip and Dale win eventually, getting all the peanuts they can eat by using white paint to pass themselves off as rare albino chipmunks.

Contains footage of the Mouseketeers along with Working for Peanuts and Adventures in Music: Melody.

Filmed in 3-D and shown only in the Fantasyland Theatre in Disneyland.

min.

Short 623

How to Have an Accident in the Home

July 08, 1956

Donald demonstrates, to his own detriment, how dangerous many household activities can be, such as lighting pipes in gas filled rooms, climbing a littered stairway, and standing on a rocking chair. The films narrator is a bearded duck, named J.J. Fate.

Filmed in CinemaScope.

min. Directed by Charles Nichols. Donald Duck #124

Short 624

Jack and Old Mac

July 18, 1956

A combination of two stories: the nursery rhyme “This Is the House that Jack Built” and a variation on the children’s song “Old MacDonald Had a Farm”.

min. Directed by Bill Justice.

Short 625

Man In Space

July 18, 1956

The history of rockets is shown in animation, beginning with 13th-century Chinese experiments. Von Braun unveils a four-stage, passenger-carrying rocket ship that could break free of the earth’s gravitational pull, leading to an animated depiction of man’s first trip into space.

An abridged version of the Anthology episode Man In Space (1955).

33 min. Directed by Ward Kimball. Live action.

Short 626

In the Bag

July 27, 1956

The Ranger enlists the park’s bears to help clean up, under threat of starvation and in desperation all the bears shove the trash in Humphrey’s sector. Humphrey stuffs it down a geyser hole, and just as he is about to be rewarded with a meal, the geyser erupts, sending garbage everywhere.

Filmed in CinemaScope.

min. Directed by Jack Hannah.

Short 627

I’m No Fool as a Pedestrian

October 1956

Jiminy Cricket relates the history of reckless driving from 3000 B.C. to the present, then explains how to walk properly and with safety, showing the problems faced by the pedestrian. He presents safety rules.

Premiered earlier at the Mickey Mouse Club.

An updated version was released in September 1988.

min. Educational film. I’m No Fool #3

Short 628

Cow Dog

November 06, 1956

The film tells the story of a California ranch family who, in their devotion to the raising of purebred Hereford cattle, must capture an outlaw Brahma bull. A neighboring rancher brings his three Australian herding dogs, Stub, Queen, and Shorty, to help in the roundup to apprehend the bull. They are greeted with enthusiasm because of their ability, and they eventually manage to flush out the bull.

Nominated for an Academy award, and originally released with Secrets of Life.

22 min. Directed by Larry Lansburgh. Live action.

Short 629

A Cowboy Needs a Horse

November 06, 1956

In this short featuring limited animation, a little boy dreams of such Western adventures as battling Indians, capturing a bandit, and rescuing a fair damsel.

min. Directed by Bill Justice.

Short 630

Sardinia

November 15, 1956

TA train ride takes the audience through the rugged countryside to see the Sardinian people of today. Their independence and self-reliance is emphasized. Sheep are tended and the treatment of their wool is depicted. A wedding and a funeral service are shown, as well as the annual “Ardia” festival with horsemen commemorating historical events.

30 min. Directed by Ben Sharpsteen. People & Places #05

Short 631

Disneyland U.S.A.

December 20, 1956

After an aerial view of Disneyland and a visit to the Disneyland Hotel, it is on through the entrance gates of the park for a tour of each of the four lands, as well as Main Street, U.S.A., and glimpses of annual parades and holiday festivities.

Filmed in CinemaScope.

42 min. Directed by Hamilton Luske. People & Places #06

Short 632

Samoa

December 25, 1956

The story of a happy people on the island paradise begins with a description of life and cultural events in the communities. There are glimpses of fishing and local foods being prepared, and the building of a guest house is shown with the resulting housewarming festivities climaxed by an evening fia fia, or happy time, including ritual dances.

Filmed in CinemaScope.

32 min. Directed by Ben Sharpsteen. People & Places #07

Short 633

The Blue Man of Morocco

February 14, 1957

The theme for this subject is “going back in time”. The action takes place in the Sahara Desert where the Blue Men of Morocco live today as they did in Biblical times. The film features their lifestyles, work, and journeys into Marrakech.

31 min. Directed by Ralph Wright. People & Places #08

Short 634

I’m No Fool Having Fun

April 1957

Jiminy Cricket stresses the importance of recreation and points out safety rules to be observed when having fun.

Premiered earlier at the Mickey Mouse Club.

min. Educational film. I’m No Fool #4

Short 635

I’m No Fool in Water

April 1957

Jiminy Cricket summarizes the rules for water safety and shows how one should behave while swimming.

Premiered earlier at the Mickey Mouse Club.

An updated version was released in September 1987.

min. Educational film. I’m No Fool #5

Short 636

You – and Your Eyes

May 1957

Jiminy Cricket explains the structure of the eyes, the mechanics of seeing, and the rules for the proper care and safety of the eyes.

Premiered earlier at the Mickey Mouse Club.

An updated version was released on March, 1990.

min. Educational film. This Is You #3

Short 637

You – and Your Ears

May 1957

Jiminy Cricket presents the structure of the ear, traces a sound wave through the three parts of the ear, and gives care rules.

Premiered earlier at the Mickey Mouse Club.

An updated version was released on March, 1990.

min. Educational film. This Is You #4

Short 638

The Wetback Hound

June 19, 1957

Paco is a young hound owned by mountain lion hunters in Sonora, Mexico. When he is mistreated, he runs away, and even swims across a river to enter the United States in his search for a kindly master. He finds one, and in saving a little doe from a lion, ensures himself a home.

Academy Award: #36*: Live-Action Short Subject, 1957; Walt Disney, executive producer; Larry Lansburgh, producer.

Also won numerous other awards, including ones from the Southern California Motion Picture Council and the Berlin International Film Festival.

An expanded version was shown on television on April 24, 1959.

18 min. Directed by Larry Lansburgh. Live action.

Short 639

The Story of Anyburg U.S.A.

June 19, 1957

The problems of traffic are examined by the city of Anyburg in judicial court as several automobiles are tried for various crimes and declared “not guilty” since it is the people driving them who must admit their guilt and promise to drive carefully.

min. Directed by Clyde Geronimi.

Short 640

Lapland

July 03, 1957

High in the frigid zone of the continent of Europe, where the Arctic Circle cuts through the upper tips of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia, is the land of the Lapps – a people privileged to cross these frontiers unrestricted because of their nomadic traditions and their allegiance to no one nation. Their economy, dependent on migrating livestock, is explained, as well as their customs and gypsy like existence.

Filmed in CinemaScope.

29 min. Directed by Ben Sharpsteen. People & Places #09

Short 641

Alaskan Sled Dog

July 03, 1957

The story of an Eskimo father and son who train and groom a sled dog team. When the father is lost on an ice floe, the son takes the unproven team on the search, and succeeds in finding his father.

Filmed in CinemaScope.

18 min. Directed by Ben Sharpsteen. Live action.

Short 642

The Truth About Mother Goose

August 28, 1957

Tells the historical stories behind the three popular nursery rhymes: Little Jack Horner; Mary, Mary Quite Contrary; and London Bridge.

Nominated for an Academy Award. 

15 min. Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman, Bill Justice.

Short 643

Niok

August 28, 1957

Near the region of Angkor Watt, a group of children capture a baby elephant and are just growing attached to it when it is sold to a traveling safari. Pursuing the new owner, a boy manages to steal it back, and the children free it to return to its mother.

29 min. Directed by Edmond Sechan. Live action.

Short 644

Mars and Beyond

November1957

Walt opens this look at how scientists are planning to explore the planet Mars by introducing an animated look at humankind’s early thoughts on the universe. The segment includes a lighthearted look at how some “adventures” described Martian creatures they claimed to have met or observed, and ends with a spoof of science fiction stories about unidentified flying objects.

An abridged version of the Anthology episode Mars and Beyond (1957).

30 min. Directed by Ward Kimball. Live action.

Short 645

Portugal

December 25, 1957

Opening with animation showing the adventurous and courageous Portuguese explorers and the routes they traveled, this film then looks at some of the main elements of the Portuguese people’s economy – shipping, harvesting grapes for wine, marketing of cork, as well as the country’s bullfighting traditions.

Filmed in CinemaScope.

30 min. Directed by Ben Sharpsteen. People & Places #10

Short 646

America the Beautiful

1958

Circarama 360-degree film that shows a tour of the United States.

Circarama 360-degree film, which originally opened at the Brussels World’s Fair and was brought to Disneyland in 1960.

16 min.

Short 647

Wales

June 10, 1958

Wales prides herself in her wealth of natural resources, foundries, mills, and factories. Beyond this modern façade lies another treasure – a rich historical background and ancient lore. The great granite fortresses still remain as reminders that from the struggle and strife was born a pure and distinctive national culture.

Filmed in CinemaScope.

25 min. Directed by Geoffrey Foot. People & Places #11

Short 648

Scotland

June 11, 1958

Scotland is a country of three distinct regions – the highlands, the islands, and the lowlands. These regions are examined, showing how the isolated people contact the outside world with their use of channel boats called “Puffers”, how they observe the customs of the seasons, and how the various clans and regiments celebrate their history at the Edinburgh Festival.

Filmed in CinemaScope.

25 min. Directed by Geoffrey Foot. People & Places #12

Short 649

Ama Girls

July 09, 1958

A typical day in the life of a family of fisher-folk of Japan. The elder daughter is an Ama, or diving girl, who collects “Heaven Grass”, a variety of seaweed, as a crop. The girls’ training is studied well as the teamwork and stamina needed to harvest this marine crop.

Academy Award: #39*: Documentary Short Subject, 1958; Walt Disney, executive producer; Ben Sharpsteen, director.

Filmed in CinemaScope and also released under the title Japan Harvests the Sea.

min. Directed by Ben Sharpsteen. People & Places #13

Short 650

Paul Bunyan

August 01, 1958

One day, after a great storm on the coast of Maine, the townspeople found baby Paul Bunyan on the beach where the heavy seas had left him. Paul grows to a great size and becomes a legend with his double-bladed ax and friend, Babe, the Blue Ox. But the prosperity Paul brought to his land ultimately defeats him when steam saws are produced that can do the job easier and faster than Paul and his ox.

17 min. Directed by Les Clark.

Short 651

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

November 26, 1958

Ichabod Crane, a new school teacher, arrives in Sleepy Hollow and captures every lady’s heart except for Katrina Van Tassel, daughter of the wealthy farmer. Ichabod has his eye on the Van Tassel wealth, but his attempts to woo Katrina disturb her bold suitor, Brom Bones, who tries to scare Ichabod away with the tale of the Headless Horseman. As Ichabod rides home that Halloween evening, he encounters the terrifying phantom and is mysteriously missing the next morning. While the townspeople spread rumors of Ichabod’s whereabouts, Katrina weds Brom.

Re-released Segment from The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949).

33 min. Directed by Clyde Geronimi.

Short 652

You – the Living Machine

December 1958

Host Jiminy Cricket discusses the “human machine” and how it converts food into energy to perform properly.

Premiered earlier at the Mickey Mouse Club.

An updated version was released on August 23, 1990.

min. Educational film. This Is You #5

Short 653

You – and Your Food

December 1958

Jiminy Cricket shows the value of food – the important role of a well-balanced diet in being healthy and active.

Premiered earlier at the Mickey Mouse Club.

An updated version was released on August 23, 1990.

min. Educational film. This Is You #6

Short 654

Grand Canyon

December 17, 1958

The ever-changing moods of the canyon and its wildlife are portrayed with the background music of the “Grand Canyon Suite” by Ferde Grofé.

Academy Award: #38*: Live-Action Short Subject, 1958.

General release on January 29, 1959 with Sleeping Beauty.

29 min. Directed by James Algar. Live action.

Short 655

Seven Cities of Antarctica

December 25, 1958

The biography of earth’s final frontier, Antarctica, and how this last of our planet’s continents was finally opened up by humans after millions of years of seclusion. The picture ends with a summery of Antarctica’s future potentials as a source of natural wealth, and as a strategic hub for air travel in the Southern Hemisphere.

Filmed in CinemaScope and footage was obtained when Walt Disney captured the U.S. expedition “Operation Deepfreeze” on film for the Disneyland Anthologie episodes Antarctica – Past and Present (1956), Antarctica – Operation Deepfreeze (1957), and To the South Pole for Science (1957).

30 min. Directed by Winston Hibler. People & Places #14

Short 656

Nature’s Strangest Creatures

March 19, 1959

Since Australia broke from the Asiatic mainland many eons ago, it has developed a unique and exotic population of wildlife, free from outside influences. Such creatures as the giant bat, the duck-billed platypus, kangaroos, wallabies, and the bush-tailed possum pursue their business of survival in this isolated land where nature has preserved a sanctuary for the strangest of its creatures.

Filmed by Alfred and Elma Milotte.

16 min. Directed by Ben Sharpsteen. Live action.

Short 657

Cruise of the Eagle

March 19, 1959

The varied and important services of the U.S. Coast Guard are glimpsed. They warn ships of dangerous shoals, keep sea lanes open with icebreakers, face gale and hurricane to accurately forecast the weather in remote areas of the Atlantic and Pacific, and perform rescue services to ships and downed aircraft. We are also told of a training program of men of the Coast Guard and their many hardships.

Filmed in CinemaScope.

18 min. Directed by Ben Sharpsteen. People & Places #15

Short 658

Eyes in Outer Space

June 18, 1959

This featurette explores satellites’ future ability to forecast the weather.

Winner of the 1960 Thomas Edison Foundation Award.

Later shown on “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color” in 1962 as part of the episode Spy in the Sky.

26 min. Directed by Ward Kimball. Live action.

Short 659

Donald in Mathmagic Land

Jun 26, 1959

Donald Duck explores Mathmagic Land – a fantasy land composed of such things as square root trees and a stream running with numbers. The Spirit of Adventure teaches him the many uses of mathematics in art, architecture, and Nature as well as chess and sports such as football. Donald is introduced to the circle and the triangle, which have been the basis for many great inventions such as the telescope and airplane, and he is shown that mathematical thinking opens the doors to the future.

Nominated for an Academy Award.

28 min. Directed by Hamilton Luske. Donald Duck #125

Short 660

How to Have an Accident at Work

July 01, 1959

The bearded duck named J.J. Fate, who had previously appeared in How to Have an Accident in the Home, warns of the dangers of being careless in the workplace, with Donald duck as the example. Throwing all caution aside, Donald forgets his safety helmet, ignores signs, gets mixed up in the machinery, daydreams, and even gets in an accident in his rush to clock out.

min. Directed by Charles Nichols. Donald Duck #126

Short 661

Noah’s Ark

November 10,1959

With his sons Ham, Shem, and Japheth, Noah manages to cut enough gopher wood to fabricate the ark, preparing to set sail with his family, and inviting various animals to join them and wait out the Great Flood safe in the hold.

This stop-motion film was nominated for an Academy Award.

21 min. Directed by Bill Justice.

Short 662

Mysteries of the Deep

December 16, 1959

In this film, a submerged reef is the home of many strange creatures of the sea. We see mating, birth, and development of the young into adults, with the laws of nature being fulfilled as the battle for survival goes continually on.

Nominated for an Academy Award.

24 min. Directed by Ben Sharpsteen. Live action.

 

 
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