Thursday, September 27, 2012

Donald Duck in Mathmagic Land

A couple weeks back we had an excerpt from the animated short The Dot and the Line from that giant in animation Chuck Jones. So here we another giant in animation, Walt Disney, with another math-themed animation with "Donald in Mathmagic Land", a fun and educational film from 1959 that many of you may have seen as a kid.  The bit towards the end about sections of a cone ends up showing the globe of the Earth.  Here's just that bit:

Many people who saw this in their youth found it inspiring... although many of the aesthetic qualities and other information about the "Golden Ratio" are actually myths.  Nevertheless, math is still fascinating and this cartoon demonstrates so very many of the reasons why.

The only place I was able to find the entire video on YouTube had an introductory logo for what appears to be a YouTube channel for a guy who is keenly interested in numerology and symbology and also a quote from the 1995 movie "Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers" which, along with the apparently incorrect, information about Walt Disney's Masonry, kinda suggests that the guy who posted it thinks there's something deeply sinister in the cartoon... or maybe he just likes that Halloween movie.

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