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Walt Disney Treasures: Walt Disney On The Front Lines - The War Years

Billy Bletcher , Clarence Nash , Ben Sharpsteen , Bill Justice    G (General Audience)   DVD
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On December 8, 1941, the Disney Studio was taken over by the military as part of the war effort. Making the most of the talent that hadn't shipped out yet, Walt Disney spent the next four years creating and producing training, propaganda, and educational films for the Armed Forces. In addition to these films, this extraordinary volume also includes the full-length feature "Victory Through Air Power." Released theatrically in 1943, this powerful propaganda film has never been reissued until now. You'll also see recently discovered on-the-set footage, and get rare firsthand accounts about the work and culture at the Disney Studio in interviews with Disney Legends Joe Grant, John Hench, and Roy Disney. Featuring exclusive introductions by film historian Leonard Maltin, this is a timeless collection from generations past for generations to come.

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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT CINEMATIC LESSONS IN PROPAGANDA July 6 2004
This is trully a grat collection of war-time propaganda from WWII made by the Disney Studios. Some of these movies feature our favorite characters Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto. Others feature specific characters created on purpose.
The main thing about this collection is Mr. Disney's master hand behind each film. Quality animation (and expensive animation from the studio that elevated animation to an art on its own).
They alert, inspire, teach and (last but not least) entertain. Some of these little gems are a bit violent and you should see them before deciding if they are suitable for your children. But anyway, these are great films and should be seen by anyone who want to see some of the best propaganda films aver made.
It is all great if you check Nazi propaganda films at the same time... they are very different. In these here films Mr. Disney never lost his touch and the style that made his studio famous.
In this double DVD you will find lots of things... one feature-length film (VICTORY THROUGH AIR POWER - a trully memorable film that explains the importance or air power to american forces and also the strategical and logistic problems WWII represented to America). This is certainly a landmark film.
The DVDs also contain an enormous list of cartoons (in the short form) that cover a large variety of subjects and moods.
This is one of the best titles in the collection and an important piece of History. Should be treasured. The quality of the DVDs is outstanding... as everything that is made with care.
I just don't understand why the tin cans are not numbered anymore (like the previous titles in this collection).
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent Snapshot of Animation History Sept. 28 2009
I stumbled across this DVD set while surfing the web. I have an interest in the history of airpower, so the Disney Seversky film about air power was something I have wanted to see for some time, but it has been unavailable virtually since world war II.

That movie forms the main part of this package, and it was highly interesting from an air power history perspective but I was very pleasantly surprised by the remainder, which consists of a variety of other material produced by the Disney studio during the war. Training films, such as those on the Boys AT Rifle, for example (produced for the Canadian Defence Department), or how to eradicate malaria-carrying mosquitos, are very interesting. There are also pure propaganda films, like "In The Fuhrer's face", which demonstrate the emotional reaction to the Axis threat. Finally, a number of cartoons use the stock Disney characters, Donald, Pluto and so forth, to support the war effort in a number of ways. My favourite invovles the two chipmunks (whose name escapes me, I'm sorry) who use the large cannon guarded by Pluto as a nutcracker.

I say pleasantly surprised because, while I have liked and appreciated Disney's movie features, I have never been a huge fan of the cartoon characters like Goofy, Donald, etc. I'm more of a Warner Brothers fan. But this set was thoroughly enjoyable, entertaining and very interesting into the bargain. Plus, I now know how to dissassemble a Boys AT Rifle:)

What a great set, and well worth the price of admission if you have any interest in animation history, or in the world war II home front.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very rare collection: June 6 2004
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This collection of Disney cartoons produced during WW2 to help the war effort. The thing that makes this cartoon collection so unique and special is that most all of the cartoons have not been released or shown on tv ever!
These rare cartoons have spent the last half of the century being banned and censored and left to rot in the vaults. I'm glad that Disney finally released these cartoons on a DVD collections, and I suggest anyone interested in animation buy this, since they wont be around for long.
The most notable cartoon on here is the famous "Der Fuerers Face" staring Donald Duck. This academy award winning cartoon stars Donald living the life as a factory worker in Nazi Germany. This one cartoon is the most famous of all Disney's blacklisted cartoons and is a real tresuare for anyone to finaly see after all these years.
The anti-nazi humor can be a bit risque for nowadays (some jokes might be considered racist and unusual for a Donald Duck cartoon) but these cartoons stand up well as a capsule for the time at which they were made.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! June 23 2004
Of all the film studios that produced "propaganda" cartoons during WWII, none have been better kept hidden than those made by the Walt Disney studio. Sure a couple of them slipped through the cracks into the public domain, but as a whole they remained sealed in the Disney Vaults until now.
While not every single cartoon made during the War (Disney produced numerous "how to" films made only for those in the actual armed forces, clips of some are shown on these DVDs), it does include all the theatrically released features. Stars like Donald Duck, Goofy, Pluto, Pete, Minnie and Huey, Dewey and Louie star in these wartime cartoons. Mickey Mouse only appeared in one short, using borrowed animation from "The Band Concert."
There is also the full length animated WWII feature "Victory Through Air Power," which is considered to be amongst the rarest of all the Disney features. This DVD set is well worth the buy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars History Buffs and Disney Fanatics Will Love It
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Published on June 12 2004 by Mark Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars "Power" Worthy of National Film Archive Preservation Status
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Published on June 12 2004 by Christopher Beckwith
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Addition to a Strong Series
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Published on June 7 2004 by Mark Clegg
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!!!
Thank you Disney for releasing this series of spectacular videos. It is nothing short of brilliant. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for having the guts to release it in such a... Read more
Published on June 1 2004 by R. Diaz
1.0 out of 5 stars Warning! Disney ships empty boxes
I have been waiting impatient for this little beauty. Got it last week. Big surprise: When I opened the proberly sealed box from Disney, there was only a empty DVD case... Read more
Published on May 31 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The Vault Has Been Busted Open
Disney completists, WW II buffs, animation fans, historians and aviation addicts will be overjoyed with this set. Read more
Published on May 31 2004 by Bruce Aguilar
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant piece of film history
To be certain, there will be those who attempt to tear apart these shorts based on current cultural standards, but that isn't fair at all. Read more
Published on May 30 2004 by Blake Petit
5.0 out of 5 stars V T A P predates modern adult geared animation
When I watched V T A P only days ago, I realized as never before the details of Hitler's march through Europe at the start of WW2. Read more
Published on May 28 2004 by GuineaPunk
5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to the Treasures line
On the Front Lines was the last set I viewed in the Treasures series from Wave 4, and I must admit that it is some great stuff. Read more
Published on May 27 2004 by J. A Hayes
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