With the success of the True-Life Adventure series, photographers around the country inundated Walt Disney with endless reels of wildlife film footage. But, it was the striking images by N. Paul Kenworthy of insect life on the Great American Desert which caught Walt’s eye. He was so impressed with Paul’s unusual film sequences that he hired the college student to return to the desert and gather more footage.

Roy Disney later recalled how Paul “practically lived down in the desert, like a desert rat, many months, in his little hut with cameras all set up, photographing tarantulas and lizards and desert flowers blooming. And we got the most wonderful batch of material…” […]

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