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Donald Duck In Mathmagic Land


Here are parts 1,2 and 3 of “Donald Duck In Mathmagic Land” (parts 2 and 3 below).

Donald in Mathmagic Land is a 27 minute Donald Duck featurette released on June 26, 1959. It was directed by Hamilton Luske. Contributors included Disney artists John Hench and Art Riley, voice talent Paul Frees, and scientific expert Heinz Haber, who had worked on the Disney space shows. It was released on a bill with Darby O’Gill and the Little People. In 1959, it was nominated for an Academy Award (Best Documentary – Short Subjects). In 1961, two years after its release, it had the honor of being introduced by Ludwig Von Drake and shown on the first program of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color. The film was made available to schools and became one of the most popular educational films ever made by Disney. As Walt Disney explained, “The cartoon is a good medium to stimulate interest. We have recently explained mathematics in a film and in that way excited public interest in this very important subject.”


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4 Comments

  1. I’ve already watches this (my maths teacher told me to google it). Somewhat interesting.

  2. I remember that movie! It’s awesome!

  3. Our 8th grade math teacher showed us that and you could literally hear the switches going off in kids heads as they finally “got it”. Like Will Eisner’s educational comics, some of these Disney gems make the best use of the medium to insert knowledge directly into the brain. Can’t wait for the Adafruit animated series!

    Cheers.

  4. I love using videos to help demonstrate a math concept, it really is the best way to “lecture” about a concept. A teacher just talking will have kids tune out in about 10 sec flat. Another way to teach or reinforce a concept is to play math games, even with middle school students. It is 10X more effective than using a worksheet to reinforce a concept.

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