The Living Desert is released

The Living Desert is a 1953 Walt Disney nature documentary which shows the everyday lives of the animals of the desert of the southwestern United States.

The movie was written by James Algar, Winston Hibler, Jack Moffitt (uncredited) and Ted Sears. It was directed by Algar. Hibler is the narrator.

Though to most people the desert represents an area of arid desolation, it is really a place teeming with life, including extraordinary plants, desert tortoises, rattlesnakes, scorpions, kangaroo rats, and roadrunners. A flash flood hits the desert, causing much of the plant life to blossom anew.