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Victory Through Air Power (1943)

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

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(book) (as Maj. Alexander P. Seversky), (story direction) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Alexander de Seversky ...
Himself (as Major Alexander P. de Seversky)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Art Baker ...
Narrator (voice)
Billy Mitchell ...
Himself (archive footage)
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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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Budget:

$788,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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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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Connections

Featured in The Disney Family Album: Marc Davis (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean
(uncredited)
aka "The Red, White, and Blue"
Music by Thomas A. Beckett
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A Disney propaganda movie
14 August 2013 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Disney is most known for their family friendly output, featuring lovable characters like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. During WWII several of those characters were put in some really unusual situations as Disney were used to output propaganda movies in an attempt to make the public buy more war bonds to finance the war efforts, with Donald Duck in the Oscar-winning Der Führer's Face as the possibly most famous, or even infamous.

Victory Through Air Power is a feature length animated documentary based on the book by Alexander de Seversky, who also features in the movie. It tells the history of aviation, with main focus on the use of airplanes in war situations, and culminates in one man's viewpoint of how the war could have ended. It is the historic parts that really stands out, starting with the Wright brothers and covering the most historic events in early aviation in its recap of aviation history up until WWII started. But the movies message about the importance of an air force in a modern war rings true to this day, and the movie's presentation of how the war could have gone on for many more years than it actually did was also interesting.

There is nothing hasty or cheap looking in this movie, it is a proper, well done feature length animated movie from Disney, and a fascinating ride even today, as long as one has the right mindset for it.


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