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

Adolf Hitler , Art Smith , 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 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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4.0 out of 5 stars History Buffs and Disney Fanatics Will Love It June 12 2004
During World War II, Walt Disney almost bankrupted his company producing stuff for the war effort. Now, we get a chance to see this part of animation history at home on DVD with this two disc set.
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.
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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, "Victory Through Air Power." Other reviewers have been somewhat tentative about sitting through it, and admittedly, the prospect of a lecture on the strategic neccessity of building long range air bombers might, at first glance, induce a glazed look in the eye. Let me say, though I'm hardly a WWII military buff and can understand the hesitation, having now seen it, I can state with assurance it is quite fascinating and brilliantly made. "Power" describes the complex problems and solutions of fighting a war on far flung shores with a visual clarity and concision that are a marvel, helping us understand firsthand both the immensity and gravity of the obstacles American military strategists had to overcome to insure victory - an outcome that was far from certain in the early years of the war. Disney's talents as a story teller are well attested to - but here, we see Disney as a shrewd, incisive communicator building a case and hammering home points with a lively blend of straightforward illustrations, kinetic diagrams and striking pictorial metaphors. Propaganda? Yes, but with genuine, hard hitting substance. "Power" not only has terrific historic and educational value, but is a model worthy of study for modern day communications scholars. This one belongs in the National Film Archive. Not to be missed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent Snapshot of Animation History
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... Read more
Published on Sept. 28 2009 by I. Gavaghan
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!
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 more
Published on June 23 2004 by Steven A. Bibb
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Addition to a Strong Series
The words 'Masterpiece' and 'Classic' are overused these days especially by the Disney company ('Disney's Classic The Black Cauldron' anyone?). Read more
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 May 31 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. Hayes
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