The Living Desert was the primary full length film in Disney’s True-Life Adventures arrangement of documentaries concentrating on zoological investigations; the past movies in the arrangement, including the Academy Award-winning Seal Island, were short subjects.
The narrative was recorded at the Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa in Tucson, Arizona. A large portion of the natural life appeared in the film was given to what might before long become the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. The film was motivated by 10 minutes of film shot by N. Paul Kenworthy Jr., a doctoral understudy at the University of California at Los Angeles. Kenworthy’s recording of a fight between a tarantula and a wasp charmed Disney, who supported a full length generation following the lives of various desert species. Disney was exceptionally strong of Kenworthy’s work and its effect on genuine filmmaking, expressing, “This is the place we can tell a genuine, supported story without precedent for these nature pictures.”