My daughter received the DVD of Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty for Christmas, which includes Disney’s Oscar-winning 1958 short Grand Canyon, with aerial photography of the eponymous chasm set to Grofé’s Grand Canyon Suite.

I harbor a certain affection for Disney’s “high art for the common man” stuff. It strikes me as a wonderfully mid-century American ideal with no contemporary equivalent. Or am I wrong? Is there some modern parallel—with similar levels of exposure and plaudits—I’m not thinking of?

Yes, I know that picture isn’t from the movie. It’s the best I could do. Hey, we’re short-staffed, it’s the holidays, you know?