Disney Shorts: 1960ies
 
COMPLETE
(without all Theme Park-Promotional films)
(February 23, 2008)

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Short 663

Goliath II

January 21, 1960

Goliath II, at eight, is still only five inches tall – to the shame of his father Goliath I, giant of the jungle and king of the elephants. Little Goliath runs away and though he is rescued by his mother from Raja, the tiger, he is now marked a rogue. But when a mouse attacks the herd, frightening them all away, Goliath redeems himself by battling and defeating the mouse.

One of the few Disney films in which a mouse is the villain.

min. Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman.

Short 664

Gala Day at Disneyland

January 21, 1960

The gala dedication ceremonies at the opening of three new major attractions at Disneyland – Matterhorn Bobsleds, Submarine Voyage, and the new Monorail – include a parade down Main Street with appearances by Walt and Roy Disney and members of their families, along with Vice President Richard Nixon and family, and numerous film stars. The celebrations end at night with a fireworks display.

27 min. Live action.

Short 665

Islands of the Sea

March 16, 1960

A nature film concentrating on the strange and wonderful birds, beasts, and fish found in and around the least known islands of the world. Included are the Galapagos, the Guadalupes, the Falklands, and the tiny islands and atolls of the Midway group.

Nominated for an Academy Award.

28 min. Live action.

Short 666

Japan

April 06, 1960

This is the story of colorful Japanese customs and manners of the past, and their contrast with present-day Japan. We see ancient farming customs, agricultural ceremonies, ancestor worship, school teaching, marriage customs, sports, all against the background of beautiful Japan.

Filmed in CinemaScope.

28 min. People & Places #16

Short 667

The Danube

April 27, 1960

The people who live along the Danube are studied along with their traditions, in which they take great pride. Both old and new customs and festivals are shown. The film ends with a visit to the most famous of all the Danube cities – Vienna.

Filmed in CinemaScope.

28 min. People & Places #17

Short 668

The Hound That Thought He Was a Raccoon

August 10, 1960

Hound puppy, Nubbin, lost in the woods, is nursed by a female raccoon who has lost all her babies, except Weecha. Normally natural enemies, the baby hound and the raccoon grow up together, first in the den, later at the farm of Nubbin’s master. Weecha wants to escape the farm, and with Nubbin’s intervention, is allowed to leave.

Based on the story “Weecha the Raccoon” by Rutherford Montgomery.

It was cut to 28 min. for a 1975 reissue.

48 min. Directed by Tom McGowan. Live action.

Short 669

Secrets of the Ant and Insect World

September 1960

Microphotography reveals that the ant society offers many parallels to human society.

Comprising part of Secrets of Life.

min. Educational film.

Short 670

Secrets of the Bee World

September 1960

Tells the story of a bee colony with the queen bee reproducing the species and the workers building the honeycombs.

Comprising part of Secrets of Life.

min. Educational film.

Short 671

Secrets of the Plant World

September 1960

Time-lapse photography shows the germinating of seeds and the growth of plants.

Comprising part of Secrets of Life.

min. Educational film.

Short 672

Secrets of the Underwater World

September 1960

A study of the intriguing life beneath the water’s surface where lives a whole world of bizarre creatures.

Comprising part of Secrets of Life.

min. Educational film.

Short 673

The Horse with the Flying Tail

December 21, 1960

The true story of Nautical, star jumper of the U.S. Equestrian Team. As a cow pony, this palomino is noticed by an ex-cavalry man who trains him. Near disaster overtakes the jumper when he is sold to an unscrupulous trainer. However, Bertalan de Nemethy, coach of the U.S. team, spots Nautical, buys and rejuvenates him, and ships him to Europe where he finally wins the world-famous King George V cup.

Academy Award: #41*: Documentary Feature, 1960; Walt Disney, executive producer; Larry Lansburgh, producer.

Made at a 47-minute length for the television show, the film was instead deemed worthy to receive a theatrical released on a bill with Swiss Family Robinson first.

47 min. Directed by Larry Lansburgh. Live action.

Short 674

Aquamania

December 29, 1960

Boatsman Goofy and his son spend a weekend. When Goofy demonstrates the art of water-skiing, his son is so impressed he quickly gets them into a championship race, where Goofy has all sorts of misadventures, including everything from an octopus to a roller coaster. Finally, Goofy manages to win the race and the cup.

Nominated for an Academy Award.

min. Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman. Goofy #46

Short 675

Italia ‘61

1961

Circarama film featuring a tour of Italy with spectacular views of the harbor at Genova, and Mount Vesuvius.

Prepared for the Italia ’61 Exposition in Turin, under sponsorship of Fiat.

min.

Short 676

The Saga of Windwagon Smith

March 16, 1961

Capt. Windwagon Smith rigs a Conestoga prairie wagon like a schooner with sails and tiller, and sweeps into a Kansas town where he meets the mayor’s lovely daughter, Molly, and falls in love. The townspeople are transfixed with Smith’s new form of transportation, and build a super windwagon only to have a hurricane sail it off, with the Captain and Molly aboard, into the skies never to be seen again – except when the sunset turns to gold: only then can they be seen.

Jasper and Horace Badun from One Hundred and One Dalmatians have an anonymous appearance.

13 min. Directed by Charles Nichols.

Short 677

Donald and the Wheel

June 21, 1961

Two “Spirits of Invention” go back in time to discover the inventor of the wheel. Caveduck Donald is selected as the inventor and is shown the evolution and usefulness of the wheel over the centuries. The first stone wheel develops for use on everything from chariots to sport cars. But Donald decides he wants nothing to do with the hassles of modern life, so he returns to pulling his cart without wheels. The spirits decide they picked the wrong person.

An updated version was released as an educational film in September 1990.

18 min. Directed by Hamilton Luske. Donald Duck #127

Short 678

The Litterbug

June 21, 1961

Donald Duck gives us a graphic demonstration of various types of litterbugs: the unconscious carrier, the sports bug, the sneak bug, the highway bug, the beach bug, and the mountain bug. Perhaps, Donald suggests at the end of his demonstration, if we start at home, we can stamp out the pest – the litterbug.

This was the last Donald Duck cartoon made.

min. Directed by Hamilton Luske. Donald Duck #128

Short 679

Disneyland USA at Radio City Music Hall

1962

Walt Disney on screen is interacting with Mickey Mouse live on stage at the Radio City Music Hall.

Filmed in CinemaScope for a special presentation of Disneyland U.S.A. at the Radio City Music Hall.

6 min.

Short 680

The Buffalo – Majestic Symbol of the Plains

September 1962

Describes the appearance, habitat, and food of the buffalo and human’s efforts to prevent their extinction.

Segments from The Vanishing Prairie (1954).

min. Educational film.

Short 681

Small Animals of the Plains

September 1962

Tells of prairie dogs, badgers, cottontails, porcupines, and other small animals in their daily struggle against predators.

Segments from The Vanishing Prairie (1954).

min. Educational film.

Short 682

Pioneer Trails, Indian Lore and Bird Life of the Plains

September 1962

Shows the wagon trails made by the pioneers, explains the origin of Native American dance forms, and describes the types of bird life on the prairie.

Segments from The Vanishing Prairie (1954).

min. Educational film.

Short 683

Large Animals that Once Roamed the Plains

September 1962

Few are left of the pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, cougar, and coyote, which once roamed the prairie in great numbers.

Segments from The Vanishing Prairie (1954).

min. Educational film.

Short 684

You – and Your Sense of Smell and Taste

September 1962

These two senses work together, producing the sensation of flavor.

Premiered earlier at the Mickey Mouse Club.

An updated version was released on March, 1990.

min. Educational film. This Is You #7

Short 685

You – and Your Sense of Touch

September 1962

Touch is really four sensations and our skin is the special receptor for all.

Premiered earlier at the Mickey Mouse Club.

An updated version was released on March, 1990.

min. Educational film. This Is You #8

Short 686

A Symposium on Popular Music

December 19, 1962

Ludwig Von Drake invites the audience into his home where he tells all about popular music, introducing several songs illustrated with stop-motion photography.

Nominated for an Academy Award as Best Cartoon Short Subject.

20 min. Directed by Bill Justice.

Short 687

Yellowstone Cubs

June 13, 1963

Tuffy and Tubby, bear cubs of insatiable curiosity, are trapped during their investigation of a tourist’s car at Yellowstone Park. In attempting their rescue, their mother is branded a “dangerous bear”, and is taken to the outskirts of the park. By the time she finds her mischievous progeny they have just about the whole park in an uproar.

48 min. Live action.

Short 688

Golden Opportunity

1964

Walt Disney explains that, with increasing population in California, more state beaches and parks are needed.

Prepared for California for Beaches and Parks to aid in their campaign for a ballot proposition in a state election in 1964.

13 min. Promotional film.

Short 689

4 Artists Paint 1 Tree

May 1964

Four Disney artists were asked to paint the same tree, and their differing styles created widely varying results. They explain their approach and interpretation.

Segment from the Anthology episode An Adventure in Art (1958).

min. Educational film.

Short 690

All About Weightlessness

September 1964

Humans experience many unique problems as they venture into outer space.

Segments from Man in Space

min. Educational film.

Short 691

The Arctic Region and Its Polar Bears

September 1964

In the unmapped valleys, the annual thaw brings forth the walrus to confront his mortal enemy, the polar bear.

Segments from White Wilderness.

min. Educational film.

Short 692

Large Animals of the Arctic

September 1964

The musk ox, caribou, and reindeer grazing on the tundra face constant danger from wolf packs and ferocious wolverines.

Segments from White Wilderness.

min. Educational film.

Short 693

The Lemmings and Arctic Bird Life

September 1964

The film tells the living legend of the strange migration of the lemmings, along with stories of interesting bird life.

Segments from White Wilderness.

min. Educational film.

Short 694

The Tattooed Police Horse

December 18, 1964

Registered trotting horse Jolly Roger is thrown out of racing for speeding into a gallop whenever he races. Bought by a Boston police captain, the horse manages to redeem himself by winning and becoming a champion racer.

48 min. Directed by Larry Lansburgh. Live action.

Short 695

Magic of the Rails

1965

Circle-Vision 360 film that shows a train tour around Europe.

Prepared for the Swiss Federal Railways and shown at an exposition in Lucerne, Swiss and later in Germany.

min.

Short 696

Steel and America

1965

Donald Duck tells the story of steel from the ore to the finished product, along with its effect on America’s growth and economy.

Produced for the American Iron & Steel Institute.

Revised version released 1974 as Steel and America – A New Look.

min. Educational film.

Short 697

A Country Coyote Goes Hollywood

January 28, 1965

Chico the coyote manages to hitch a ride to Los Angeles and has all sorts of misadventures with the local residents. He is finally sent away to live in the wild, only to hitch another ride to New York.

The main title sequences are done as if imprinted in the cement of Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

37 min. Directed by Winston Hibler. Live action.

Short 698

Freewayphobia No. 1

February 13, 1965

Goofy, essaying the roles of Driverius Timidicus, Motoramus Fidgitus, and Mr. Neglecterus Maximus, graphically enacts the perils timid and neglectful motorists can and do encounter on the nation’s freeways. Pointing out that lane changes can often be a direct route to death, Goofy reminds his audience to maintain a proper distance from vehicles in front of them.

16 min. Directed by Les Clark. Goofy #47

Short 699

Goofy’s Freeway Trouble (Freewaypobia No. 2)

September 22, 1965

Goofy, appearing as Stupidus Ultimas, illustrates what can happen when a careless motorist ignores the state of his tires and the mechanical condition of his vehicle. Showing his audience tires blowing out and wheels coming free, Goofy clearly warns of alcohol and driving being a dangerous combination. Dangerous, too, Goofy concludes, is staying at the wheel while fatigued.

13 min. Directed by Les Clark. Goofy #48

Short 700

Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree

February 04, 1966

Winnie the Pooh and his friends, Christopher Robin, Eeyore the donkey, Owl, Kanga, and baby Roo, as well as Rabbit and Gopher, encounter a swarm of bees and a fabulous honey tree.

The studio’s first animated treatment of the famous children books written by A.A. Milne.

26 min. Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman.

Short 701

Donald’s Fire Survival Plan

May 1966

Donald Duck shows how to prevent fire in the home by using a bit of forethought and prevention.

An updated version, containing new footage and prevention tactics, was released in August 1984

11 min. Educational short

Short 702

The Boston Tea Party

May 1966

Dramatizes the significant role played by Johnny Tremain in Boston leading up to the Revolution.

Portion of Johnny Tremain (1957).

min. Educational film.

Short 703

The Shot Heard ‘Round the World

May 1966

The Sons of Liberty supply information about British plans which enable Paul Revere to alert the Minutemen to take up arms.

Portion of Johnny Tremain (1957).

min. Educational film.

Short 704

Run, Appaloosa, Run

July 29, 1966

Mary, a beautiful Nez Perce Indian girl in Northwest Idaho, raises a motherless Appaloosa colt, Sky Dancer, one of the unique, spotted horses developed by the tribe. The girl and horse are separated, but after a series of adventures they are reunited at a rodeo, which leads to their entry in the dangerous Hell’s Mountain Suicide Relay Race.

Released on a bill with Lt. Robin Crusoe.

48 min. Directed by Larry Lansburgh. Live action.

Short 705

EPCOT

1967

Walt Disney’s final film, in which he tells Florida residents the plans for Walt Disney World and EPCOT.

Filmed in late 1966 and released 1967 for showing in Florida.

min.

Short 706

Canada ‘67

1967

Circle-Vision 360 film tour of Canada.

Prepared for Expo 67 in Montreal, Canada.

min.

Short 707

Scrooge McDuck and Money

March 23, 1967

Scrooge McDuck is visited by his nephews, who wish to become as wealthy as their uncle. In an illustrated lecture, punctuated by song, Scrooge tells about the history of money, and explains how budgeting works, for both home and country. He says money should be wisely invested and should circulate. And he charges his nephews three cents for his good advice, “for nothing good is ever free”.

This was Scrooge McDuck’s theatrical debut.

17 min. Directed by Hamilton Luske.

Short 708

The Legend of the Boy and the Eagle

June 21, 1967

In Arizona, while boys of the Hopi tribe perform a traditional eagle dance, an old man tells how the ritual dance began 500 years ago. He relates the story of Tutuvina, a 10-year-old Native American boy who defied the gods and brought shame to his people by saving the life of his pet, an eagle marked for sacrifice. Today, however, Hopis honor his memory.

48 min. Directed by Norman Tokar. Live action.

Short 709

America the Beautiful (reshot film)

June 25, 1967

Circle-Vision 360 film that shows a tour of the United States.

The Circarama 360-degree film America the Beautiful was reshot as a Circle-Vision 360 film for the new Tomorrowland at Disneyland.

A revised version including new sequences of Philadelphia for the American Bicentennial started in 1975 and closed on January 03, 1984, to be followed by American Journeys.

The film was also released in a normal screen size version as an Educational film in 1980.

18 min.

Short

Flight to the Moon

August 12, 1967

A simulated trip to the moon.

Projection at the Rocket to the Moon attraction in Tomorrowland until January 05, 1975. It was sponsored by McDonnell Douglas. Also a Tomorrowland attraction in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World from December 24, 1971 until April 15, 1975.

min.

Short 710

The Navajos – Children of the Gods

September 1967

The story of the Navajo, at work and play, in the Southwestern United States, and in particular, in scenic Monument Valley. The film focuses on a typical family, its daily life, struggles, and folkways, as every aspect of living is governed by Navajo gods and legends.

Educational release of the segment from the Anthology episode People of the Desert (1957), which was also released theatrically overseas in 1957 as Navajo Adventure.

min. Directed by Ben Sharpsteen.

Short 711

The Ceramic Mural

September 1967

The film gives a step-by-step account of the design and construction of a unique ceramic mural.

min. Educational film.

Short 712

Family Planning

December 1967

The film explains that the ultimate goal of family life is the enrichment not the restriction of life.

Produced in association with the Population Council.

min. Educational film.

Short 713

The Weasel Family

May 1968

The film tells of the habits and traits of the weasel, otter, mink, marten, skunk, and wolverine.

min. Educational film.

Short 714

The Wild Cat Family – The Cougar

May 1968

Shows the family life and hunting habits of the cougar, and tells how it fits into the world family of cats.

Made up of stock footage from other Disney nature films.

min. Educational film.

Short 715

The Wild Dog Family – The Coyote

April 1968

This is the story of the intelligent wild dog of the West and how it has survived and adjusted to encroaching civilization.

Made up of stock footage from other Disney nature films.

min. Educational film.

Short 716

Of Cats and Men

April 1968

Traces the history of the cat – a god in Egyptian days, an evil spirit in the Dark Ages, and a pet today.

Made up of stock footage from a television show.

min. Educational film.

Short 717

Steps Toward Maturity and Health

June 1968

Tracing human life from birth to adolescence, the film shows how a sound mind, a sound body, and social adjustment form the Triangle of Health.

Made for Upjohn.

min. Educational film. Triangle of Health #1

Short 718

Understanding Stresses and Strains

June 1968

The film suggests the use of common sense to minimize the normal stresses and strains of life.

Made for Upjohn.

min. Educational film. Triangle of Health #2

Short 719

Of Horses and Men

August 1968

The film tells the story of the horse and how man has depended upon it.

min. Educational film.

Short 720

The Deer Family

August 1968

Tells of the habits of the horned and antlered animals – deer, moose, antelope, and caribou.

min. Educational film.

Short 721

Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day

December 20, 1968

A blustery day turns into a storm for Winnie the Pooh and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. They seek safety at Christopher Robin’s, but Pooh and Piglet are washed away in a flood, and Owl’s house is lost. But, before the day is over, Owl finds a new home, and Pooh and Piglet become heroes.

Academy Award: #49*: Cartoon Short Subject, 1968; Walt Disney, executive producer.

The film was based on the stories of A.A. Milne.

25 min. Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman.

Short 722

Walt Disney World – Phase I

April 30, 1969

IF YOU HAVE INFO &/OR A SUMMARY PLEASE CONTACT ME HERE.

Film prepared for a Florida press conference.

min.

Short 723

The African Lion and His Realm

May 1969

A study of the lion reveals little-known facts about his domain and about other predators and grazers that live there.

Segment of The African Lion.

min. Educational film.

Short 724

Birds, Baboons, and Other Animals – Their Struggle for Survival

May 1969

The telephoto lens helps one observe the habits of a veritable menagerie of strange and colorful creatures in the lion’s domain.

Segment of The African Lion.

min. Educational film.

Short 725

Elephants and Hippos in Africa

May 1969

Shows the daily life of elephants and hippos.

Segment of The African Lion.

min. Educational film

Short 726

Hang Your Hat on the Wind

June 11, 1969

A handsome thoroughbred yearling accidentally escapes from a cross-country van in the desert, and is found and loved by a young Mexican boy, He hides the horse from searchers, but eventually mends his ways and tries to return the animal. However, two hoodlums steal the horse. The boy leads a sheriff to the rescue, and receives an apt reward.

On a bill with Rascal.

48 min. Directed by Larry Lansburgh. Live action.

Short 727

Physical Fitness and Good Health

August 1968

Exercise, rest, and proper diet are essential for physical fitness.

Made for Upjohn.

min. Educational film. Triangle of Health #3

Short 728

The Social Side of Health

August 1969

The film focuses on learning how to live with others while retaining one’s own individuality.

Made for Upjohn.

min. Educational film. Triangle of Health #4

Short 729

The Fight

August 1969

A film about how to solve problems peaceably.

This film is different from the later film entitled The Fight (1992) in the What Should I Do? series.

min. Educational film. What Should I Do #1

Short 730

Walt Disney World – Vacation Kingdom

September 1969

A film about the Florida Park.

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min. Promotional film.

Short 731

The Magic of Disneyland

October 1969

A guided tour of Disneyland, exploring many of the attractions, including Pirates of the Caribbean, PeopleMover, Enchanted Tiki Room, Carousel of Progress, and “It’s a small World”.

min. Promotional film.

Short 732

The Game

December 1969

A film about how to follow rules and not demand special treatment.

This film is different from the later film entitled The Game (1992) in the What Should I Do? series.

min. Educational film. What Should I Do #2

Short 733

It’s Tough To Be a Bird

December 10, 1969

 

The story is told of the bird’s contribution to mankind and his never-ending fight for survival from prehistoric times to the present. There are humorous moments throughout, and even the buzzard is honored in the epic struggle that still continues between humans and birds.

Academy Award: #50: Cartoon Short Subject, 1969; Ward Kimball, producer.

An extended version aired on television on December 13, 1970.

22 min. Directed by Ward Kimball.

 

 
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