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Donald in Mathmagic Land (1959)

Approved | | Animation, Short, Family | 26 June 1959 (USA)
Donald's goes on an adventure in which it is explained how mathematics can be useful in real life. Through this journey it is shown how numbers are more than graphs and charts, they are geometry, music and magical living things.

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Milt Banta (story), Bill Berg (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Paul Frees ... The True Spirit of Adventure / Narrator / Pi creature (voice) (uncredited)
Clarence Nash Clarence Nash ... Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)
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Donald's goes on an adventure in which it is explained how mathematics can be useful in real life. Through this journey it is shown how numbers are more than graphs and charts, they are geometry, music and magical living things.

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Donald the adventurer discovers mirth in math!


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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aku Ankka matematiikan valtakunnassa See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first Disney cartoon ever televised in color, in 1961, as the first episode of "The Wonderful World of Color" (NBC's new title for The Magical World of Disney (1954) when it switched from ABC-TV to that network). See more »

Goofs

During the "imagination" segment towards the end, the Spirit says to put a triangle in a perfect circle, and then turn the triangle. The image that results is a straight line that reaches both the top and bottom of the circle. There is no possible orientation that the original triangle could have to reproduce this visual effect in real life. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Donald Duck: [entering Mathemagic Land] Mighty strange.
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Educational and fun. What a combination!
28 March 2009 | by TOMNELSee all my reviews

Donald in Mathmagicland is the Alice in Wonderland of educational cartoons. It makes very little sense, and to explain the nonsensical happenings, is the simple fact that this is mathMAGICland. If you're into some strong story telling, this is not for you, but if you want an entertaining and educational Disney flick, than this one is for you.

Donald Duck is transported to Mathmagicland. In this land, various happenings in normal life are explained through math, and an ominous voice talks to Donald, voiced by Paul Frees. Donald learns how instrument strings are mathematically designed, and how the game of chess in a math process, how the game of pool can be mathematically calculated, and much more.

This is not much of a story. It makes no sense, and has no real ending, but it's still a great short. The animation is fantastic. The animation features constant morphing of shapes and it's hard to imagine that these animators could use these techniques 50 years ago. The live action is thrown in well, also. The scene where they teach how to calculate pool is the most interesting in the movie, and the mixture of live action pool and Donald Duck looks excellent, and is a nice throwback to techniques used in Donald's earlier picture "The Three Caballeros".

Paul Frees is an excellent narrator, and Donald Duck is the perfect character to send to this inexplicable math land. The animation is great, and this educational Disney film is brilliantly animated and very informative.

My rating: *** 1/2 out of ****. 30 mins.


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