They lived the adventure
Born in Appleton, Wisconsin in 1904, Alfred Milotte married Elma Moore Jolly, a Seattle native, a few years his junior, in 1934, in Ketchikan, Alaska. There they owned and operated a photography studio and later, working as a team, began filming and lecturing on Alaska.
Following World War II, Walt Disney had the opportunity to see the Milotte's lecture series and as a result, commissioned them to return to Alaska to film Seal Island and the Alaskan Eskimo.
These two films launched Disney's True Life Adventure and People and Place series, earning the Milottes the first two of six academy awards. The film classic Beaver Valley followed. Other award-winning films, Bear Country and Water Birds, incorporated much of the Milottes' work. In Florida they filmed all the footage for Prowlers of the Everglades.
Disney sent them to Africa for nearly three years and to Australia for two. Working alone as a two-person production unit, they filmed the theatrical motion pictures The African Lion and Nature’s Strangest Creatures, as well as several television productions. Cameras in Africa was the personal story of the Milottes with an introduction by Walt Disney.
Branching out from documentary motion pictures, they wrote and produced a Christmas fantasy using subjects from nature, and wrote three nature books: The Story of the Platypus, The Story of a Hippopotamus and The Story of An Alaskan Grizzly Bear, adding to that Hooper Bay, a book about their adventures filming The Alaskan Eskimo.
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