Grand Canyon (1958 film)

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Grand Canyon
Directed byJames Algar
Produced byErnst A. Heiniger
Walt Disney
CinematographyErnst A. Heiniger
Edited byNorman R. Palmer
Music byFerde Grofé
Distributed byBuena Vista Distribution
Release date
  • December 17, 1958 (1958-12-17)
Running time
29 minutes
CountryUnited States
Ernst and Jeanne Heiniger at Hance Rapids, Grand Canyon National Park, April 1958

Grand Canyon is a 1958 American short documentary film directed by James Algar and produced by Walt Disney Productions. The film producer was Ernst Heiniger, assisted by his wife Jeanne. It was shown as a supplement during Sleeping Beauty's initial run. The short won an Oscar at the 31st Academy Awards in 1959 for Best Short Subject (Live Action).[1][2] It is also included as a bonus feature on the 1997 laserdisc, 2003 DVD, and 2008 DVD & Blu-ray releases of Sleeping Beauty.[3]

According to the opening credits, Grand Canyon is "a pictorial interpretation of Ferde Grofé's Grand Canyon Suite", much as the animated segments in Fantasia are pictorial representations of music, and the film is strongly related to its soundtrack. Grand Canyon is one of Walt Disney's more unconventional and experimental works, as it has musical accompaniment, but no dialogue or narration.


  1. ^ "New York Times: Grand Canyon". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. 2011. Archived from the original on May 20, 2011. Retrieved May 21, 2008.
  2. ^ "The 31st Academy Awards (1959) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  3. ^ "Sleeping Beauty Blu-Ray : Review & Special Features". DVDTalk. Retrieved June 9, 2009.

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