This Walt Disney True Life Adventure premiered on August 1, 1952 at News York City’s ‘Criterion Theatre’ with Disney’s Alice in Winderland. In a typical USA meadowland, songs of birds and the natural sounds of the outdoors blend into A Symphony of Spring (written for this 33-minute featurette) – a musical sequence featuring the birds and butterflies. The time-lapse photography then goes through the seasons of summer, fall and winter following the life cycle of the inhabitants and plants of the meadowland. —IMDb
Director, writer, producer and narrator James “Jim” Algar loved the action and adventure associated with creating Disney’s nature and animal pictures. While directing the True-Life Adventure “The African Lion” in 1955, he lived among the lions of Kenya and while producing the feature “Ten Who Dared” in 1960, he challenged the raging white water rapids of the Colorado River.
Among the many hats he wore, however, the most important was that of storyteller. Jim penned five Academy Award-winning motion pictures for Disney, including “Nature’s Half Acre,” “The Living Desert” and “The Vanishing Prairie.”
As vice chairman of The Walt Disney Company Roy E. Disney once recalled, “Jim was a great storyteller, who made invaluable contributions to our animated classics, theme parks and especially, our nature films. He added tremendously to the Studio’s reputation for superior storytelling.”
Born June 11, 1912, in Modesto, California, Jim attended Stanford University, where… read more