With the success of the True-Life Adventure series, photographers around the country inundated Walt Disney with endless reels of wildlife film footage. But, it was the striking images by N. Paul Kenworthy of insect life on the great American desert which caught Walt’s eye. He was so impressed with Paul’s unusual film sequences that he hired the college student to return to the desert and gather more footage.
Roy O. Disney, later recalled, how Paul “practically lived down in the desert, like a desert rat, many months, in his little hut with cameras all set up, photographing tarantulas and lizards and desert flowers blooming. And we got the most wonderful batch of material…”
Subsequently, Paul’s footage was assembled with other freelance material to create the Studio’s first feature-length True-Life Adventure, “The Living Desert,” which garnered an Academy Award for best documentary in 1953. More importantly, the film, which featured such breathtaking sequences as a Pepsis… read more