Donald In Mathmagic Land - Classroom EditionDirector: Hamilton Luske
With Disney's trademark blend of music and animation, Donald in Mathmagic Land travels across the curriculum and right into the real world. Students can actually see math's connections to art, architecture, plants, sports, and games. Animated. This Oscar-nominated featurette is a typically felicitous Disney combination of music and live action. In search of big game,… See more details below
With Disney's trademark blend of music and animation, Donald in Mathmagic Land travels across the curriculum and right into the real world. Students can actually see math's connections to art, architecture, plants, sports, and games. Animated. This Oscar-nominated featurette is a typically felicitous Disney combination of music and live action. In search of big game, hunter Donald Duck stumbles into a strange and wonderous land dominated by numbers: numbers on the ground, numbers in the trees, numbers in the river, even numbered footprints left behind by a walking pencil. The offscreen voice of The Spirit of Adventure informs Donald that he is in Mathmagic Land, immediately dispelling the duck's dismissive attitude that mathematics is "egghead stuff" by immediately highlighting the correlation between math and music. We then travel back in time to Pythagoras, who uses mathematical equations to produce the most beautiful of music. He also disovers the "mathmagic" in the pentagram and the golden rectangle, which can mathematically reproduce itself indefinitely, and is also the foundation of all architecture and scupture. Much to Donald's fascination, he learns that mathematics can even apply to the shapes of nature, from a starfish to a tree, and to such common everyday game as chess, baseball, football, basketball and billiards. Finally, there's the most exciting "game" of all: the shape of things that are discovered and formulated in the human mind.
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I remember seeing this as a kid. I showed it to my students (7th and 8th grade) they loved it and really got a feel that math is everywhere - I could even see them thinking about math when I saw them playing a game of billiards. Donald's voice does get a little annoying/hard to understand as the DVD continues, but all in all. A great pick for classroom usage.
FINALLY, I was able to get this! I was shown this film in school long, long ago, and I got it on VHS, but the wait for it to come to DVD was excruciating. I wish Disney had expanded on the theme and created a series of programs explaining algebra -- or at least make it less scary, calculus, trig, etc. Not that it would've helped ME much (spatial disability), but I'd have been entertained. But I'm glad I got this one.
This is one of Disney's best. A must for the classroom.