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February 15

February 15, 1956 – The People & Places Featurette Sardinia is Released to Theaters

On February 15, 1956, the fifth People & Places featurette Sardinia was released to theaters. Directed by Ben Sharpsteen, the featurette takes the audience on a train ride through the area of Sardinia, an area that is considered politically a region of Italy; the featurette focuses heavily on their independence and their autonomy. The audience is able to see traditional ceremonies of the Sardinian people, including a wedding and the Ardia festival.

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December 21

December 21, 1955 – The People and Places Featurette Men Against the Arctic is Released to Theaters

On December 21, 1955, the fourth People and Places featurette, Men Against the Arctic, was released to theaters. Written and directed by Winston Hibler, this 30-minute documentary details how certain Coast Guard ships, known as “icebreakers,” are able to make their way through the substantial Arctic ice. It would go on to win the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject, and would also be entered into the 6th Berlin International Film Festival in 1956.

December 17

December 17, 1958 – The Featurette Grand Canyon Premieres in Theaters

On December 17, 1958, the CinemaScope featurette Grand Canyon premiered in theaters; it would later be released alongside Sleeping Beauty. Grand Canyon was similar in style to the True-Life Adventure documentaries but had a twist: the film had no narration, but was set against the “Grand Canyon Suite” by Ferde Grofé. The featurette would go on to win the Academy Award for Best Live-Action Short Subject.

June 10

June 10, 1958 – The People and Places Featurette Wales is Released to Theaters

On June 10, 1958, the People & Places Featurette Wales was released to theaters. It was the eleventh featurette in the series to be released, and was filmed in CinemaScope. Directed by Geoffrey Foot, the featurette takes a look at the country of Wales, including its rich history and folklore, along with its factories and natural resources.

March 21

March 21, 1956 – Men Against the Arctic Wins Academy Award

On March 21, 1956, the 28th Academy Awards were held at the RKO Pantages Theater in Hollywood, California. At this ceremony, Disney’s People and Places documentary featurette won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject, winning against MGM’s The Battle of Gettysburg and The Face of Lincoln. This was the second People and Places featurette to win an Academy Award.

December 25

December 25, 1956 – The People & Places Featurette Samoa is Released to Theaters


On December 25, 1956, the People & Places Featurette Samoa was released to theaters. It was the seventh featurette in the series to be released, and was filmed in CinemaScope. The 32 minute documentary took audiences through the island of Samoa (known formally as the Independent State of Samoa), where they could see the day-to-day living of the inhabitants, including their fishing trade and ritual dances during the evening fia fia (translated as “happy time”).

December 24

December 24, 1954 – The People & Places Featurette Siam is Released to Theaters

On December 24, 1954, the People & Places Featurette Siam was released to theaters. This was the second People & Places featurette, following 1953’s The Alaskan Eskimo. It was directed by Ralph Wright, with photography by Herb and Trudy Knapp. The featurette takes viewers on a tour of Siam (now known as Thailand), featuring their traditional dances and day-to-day conditions, along with a trip to Bangkok.