No doubt motivated by the success of "March of the Penguins" and "Animal Planet," the Walt Disney Company has launched a new film production unit called Disney Nature to produce and distribute its own collection of nature documentaries. The first will be titled "Earth" and will be released on Earth Day of 2009. Disney has a rich history of its own in the nature film genre; "The Living Desert" won the Oscar for Best Documentary in 1953. But the studio didn't always have the purest methods for obtaining footage, and even manufactured the myth of suicidal lemmings for "White Wilderness" in 1958. Patt looks back at Disney's chequered past with the nature film.
* Randy Olson, USC marine biologist turned nature filmmaker