National Geographic : 1963 Aug
Windjammer and Stern-wheeler Circle Tom Sawyer Island in Frontierland Youngsters seeking excitement find it on the tree-clad island: They can angle for real fish in Catfish Cove, bounce across a gorge on a suspension bridge, peer down into the bottomless pit in Injun Joe's Cave, climb into Tom and Huck's Tree House, and explore Fort Wilderness. Log raft at left foreground ferries visitors to and from the island. Flower-banked paths rim the Rivers of America. Botanically, it is always spring or summer in Disneyland. A staff of 30 gar deners tends some 700 species of trees, shrubs, and flowering plants as well as half a million annual and perennial blooms. THIS PAGE FOLDS OUT lens. Then he remembered an Indian trick. He covered himself with a buffalo skin and sneaked in for close-ups. James Algar, the writer and director of The Vanishing Prairie,recalls being surrounded by the torrential rush of buffalo. "I'd always heard of the thundering herd, and the herd thundered all right. But what I had never heard of was the sibilant, silken swish which accompa nies the stampeding buffalo. It was even more terrifying than the thunder." Alfred and Elma Milotte spent al most three years in Africa photograph ing The African Lion. One of their no 183 table sequences shows a rhinoceros bogged in a water hole, helpless and raging. The exer tions and grunts of the doomed rhino attracted an audience of jungle creatures. Birds added their raucous cries. Antelope watched. An elephant surveyed the scene, panicked, and ran away. A baboon sat on the bank thought fully, as though trying to contrive some plan that would be of help. Enraged Rhino Charges Benefactors In the film the rhino was left to die. Actual ly, the Milottes decidedto rescue him. Dodging the desperate animal, they got a stout rope under his head and rump, tied the line to a truck, and pulled him free. 184 The rhino was ungrateful. Once on dry land, he charged the truck, and they barely managed to get away. The Milottes brought back much distin guished footage. They recorded a leopard lurking in a thorn tree above a herd of wilde beests, showed him drop on a calf and drag it back into the tree for his meal. They also filmed the kill of an antelope by a lion. Other outstanding film records were pro duced by Disney's naturalist-photographers: a bobcat in hot pursuit of a marten; the pri vate lives, births, mating, and the search for food of the pine squirrel, golden eagle, rac coon, and crow; a goshawk striking a flying squirrel in mid-air.