In 1948, Walt Disney viewed a short wildlife film by Alfred and Elma Milotte. Inspired by what he saw, Walt contacted the couple and, without a specific project in mind, hired them to film on location in the Alaska wilderness. The result was the first of Disney’s celebrated True-Life Adventure films, Seal Island, which won an Academy Award.

With the success of Seal Island, the Milottes continued to travel the globe for the True-Life Adventures series, which were released between 1948 and 1960, and the People and Places travelogue films, released from 1953 to 1960. During their Disney career, the Milottes’ films won a total of six Oscars, including Beaver Valley, Bear Country, and Nature’s Half Acre.

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