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Victory Through Air Power (1943)

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An animated documentary promoting of the soundness of strategic aerial bombing in World War II.

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Credited cast:
Alexander de Seversky ...
Himself (as Major Alexander P. de Seversky)
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Art Baker ...
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Billy Mitchell ...
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Storyline

This is a unique film in Disney Production's history. This film is essentially a propaganda film selling Major Alexander de Seversky's theories about the practical uses of long range strategic bombing. Using a combination of animation humorously telling about the development of air warfare, the film switches to the Major illustrating his ideas could win the war for the allies. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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There's a Thrill in the Air!


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17 July 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Vitória Pela Força Aérea  »

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$788,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

When Alexander de Seversky worried that he was unable to both speak and hit his marks simultaneously, director H.C. Potter reminded him of all that he had had to do from his flying days and told him, in a mock Russian accent, to "diwide the attention." Seversky loved that so much that it became a signal word when filming began; whenever shooting was about to begin, the crew would shout, "Diwide the attention!" See more »

Goofs

The film claims the German's used air power to break through the Maginot line to conquer France. In reality, the German forces avoided directly engaging the Line and instead completely circumvented it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Billy Mitchell: Today, a war is very different than the last European war was. Now air power is the dominant feature of military operations. Air power can fly directly to the vital centers of an opposing state and neutralize them. It can destroy the cities, it can wreck the aqueducts, it can knock out the lines of communication, it can destroy the food supplies, and make the people helpless to resist.
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Soundtracks

You're In The Army Now
(uncredited)
Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Tell Taylor and Ole Olsen
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Thank goodness Disney was American
7 September 2006 | by (The Manifested World) – See all my reviews

This film will change the way you look at cartoons. The power possessed by the cartoon to simplify and in this case "Disney-fy" the bloody politics of war, grows ever more chilling the more charming this cartoon gets. Victory Through Air Power is the crown jewel of this gem-laden Disney DVD called Disney Goes to War. I love it because it is such a simplified and clear teaching of the mid-WWII strategies intended by the powers employing Mr. Disney. Goebbels in the area of devastating propaganda, comes to mind while watching. America's fortunes could have been vastly different if Walt's talent's had been captured by the Nazis. See for yourself what a mix of emotions this film causes in you. To see that the same studio which produced Snow White and Bambi could so quickly and effectively recalibrate their drawing tables for War is spooky and makes you wonder what other messages lie hidden in the vast Disney canon.


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