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Grand Canyon (1958)

Scenes from the Grand Canyon set to Ferde Grofé's "Grand Canyon Suite."

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Won 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Scenes from the Grand Canyon set to Ferde Grofé's "Grand Canyon Suite."

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Short | Documentary

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17 December 1958 (USA)  »

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Suuri Canyon  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)|

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2.35 : 1
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The order of some of the music has been changed. In the original suite, "Sunrise" comes before "The Painted Desert". In the film, the two selections are switched so that "The Painted Desert' comes first. In the suite, "Cloudburst" is the last movement, while in the film, "Sunset" is the final selection, and the ending of "Cloudburst" is attached to the end of "Sunset". See more »

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Featured in The Fantasia Legacy: The Concert Feature (2000) See more »

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Grand Canyon Suite
Music by Ferde Grofé Sr.
Played by uncredited orchestra
Conducted by Frederick Stark
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Excellent visuals and magnificent camera work, but the narration almost put me to sleep

Disney deservedly won an Oscar for this mostly well-executed documentary. Visually breathtaking, the narration has a kind of monotone, almost flat-lined quality that would practically served as a cure for insomnia in most instances. This is an Achilles heel for a great number of Disney documentaries-narration. All too often, it either drones or is too cute by at least half. Still quite good here for the visuals. Recommended.

Edit: I've been meaning to get back to this comment for some time now, for more than a couple of years now, because I watched it again back in 2003 or so, when watching the tape I recorded it on from a broadcast off the Disney Channel and realized (to my embarrassment) that I'd been mistaken in recalling it as having narration-it has only a musical score with no voice-over. I want to correct the mistake, but I choose to leave the original comment in place, as I made the mistake and it's been here for five years. Wiping it out would be self-serving. An explanation and addition is called for. I will say that I've seen this in widescreen on the Special Edition release of Sleeping Beauty and it's even more impressive in the proper ratio than it is in pan-and-scan. It isn't perfect, but it is one of Disney's better live-action short films and deserved to win its Oscar. It and Sleeping Beauty are well worth getting. Recommended.


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