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Walt Disney Treasures: Walt Disney On The Front Lines - The War Years
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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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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).
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.
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.
Disc 1 features 29 shorts. They range from entertainment with a patriotic edge, like "Donald Gets Drafted" or "Private Pluto," to shorts purely to help with the war like "The New Spirit" and "Out of the Frying Pan and into the Firing Line." There are even shorts used to fight disease in South America like "Cleanliness Brings Health" and "The Winged Scourge." I was surprised to learn from this disc about the films Disney was making for Canada even before the US entered the war.
Of course, the highlight of this disc is "Der Fuehrer's Face" which finds Donald trapped in Nazi Germany.
Disc two's main attraction is "Victory Through Air Power." This feature length movie was produced to bring the arguments of a book by the same name to more people. It makes a compelling argument that the Allies needed to build up their air forces to win the war, arguments about modern warfare that still apply today.
Disc two also features a few of the educational shorts Disney produced during that time. Frankly, after viewing the two that are included in their entirety, I'm glad that most of them are just highlighted. I don't find watching a film on how to fire a gun or how to flush rivet that entertaining. There are lots of production galleries and even galleries of some project this Disney fan had never heard of before. Finally, we have interviews with Disney veterans Joe Grant, John Hench, and Roy Disney.
This is a set that Disney buffs will want because it fills in some time in the studio's history.Read more ›
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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. Read morePublished on June 23 2004 by Steven A. Bibb
All else having been said about this terrific collection of Disny wartime shorts and educational films, I'd like to bring attention to the included full length feature,... Read morePublished on June 11 2004 by Christopher Beckwith
The words 'Masterpiece' and 'Classic' are overused these days especially by the Disney company ('Disney's Classic The Black Cauldron' anyone?). Read morePublished on June 7 2004 by Mark Clegg
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 morePublished on May 31 2004 by R. Diaz
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
Disney completists, WW II buffs, animation fans, historians and aviation addicts will be overjoyed with this set. Read morePublished on May 31 2004 by Bruce Aguilar
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 morePublished on May 30 2004 by Blake Petit
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