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Release Date:
17 July 1943 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
There's a Thrill in the Air!
Plot:
An animated documentary promoting of the soundness of strategic aerial bombing in World War II. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
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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Directed by
James Algar (sequence director: animation)
Clyde Geronimi (sequence director: animation)
Jack Kinney (sequence director: animation)
H.C. Potter (scenes with Major Seversky)
 
Writing credits
Alexander de Seversky (book "Victory Through Air Power") (as Maj. Alexander P. Seversky)

Perce Pearce (story direction)

T. Hee (story adaptation) &
Erdman Penner (story adaptation) &
William Cottrell (story adaptation) &
James Bodrero (story adaptation) (as Jim Bodrero) &
Vernon Stallings (story adaptation) (as George Stallings)

Produced by
Walt Disney .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Edward H. Plumb  (as Edward Plumb)
Paul J. Smith 
Oliver Wallace 
 
Cinematography by
Ray Rennahan (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jack Dennis 
 
Art Direction by
Richard Irvine 
 
Set Decoration by
William Kiernan (interior decoration)
 
Production Management
Daniel Keefe .... production manager (as Dan Keefe)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Bruner .... assistant director (uncredited)
Lou Debney .... assistant director (uncredited)
Lloyd Richardson .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Tom Codrick .... art direction: animation
Don DaGradi .... art direction: animation (as Donald Da Gradi)
Cliff Devirian .... art direction: animation
Don Griffith .... art direction: animation
Bill Herwig .... art direction: animation
Karl Karpé .... art direction: animation
Charles Philippi .... art direction: animation
Elmer Plummer .... art direction: animation
Herbert Ryman .... art direction: animation
Glenn Scott .... art direction: animation (as Glen Scott)
Marc Davis .... story sketches (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Lodge Cunningham .... sound recordist
C.O. Slyfield .... sound recordist
 
Animation Department
Edwin Aardal .... animator (as Ed Aardal)
Dick Anthony .... background artist
Jack Boyd .... animator (as Carleton Boyd)
Nino Carbe .... background artist
Claude Coats .... background artist
Al Dempster .... background artist
Hugh Fraser .... animator
David Hand .... animation supervisor
Ray Huffine .... background artist
Ollie Johnston .... animator (as Oliver M. Johnston Jr.)
Bill Justice .... animator
Ward Kimball .... animator
John Lounsbery .... animator
John McManus .... animator
Joshua Meador .... animator (as Josh Meador)
George Rowley .... animator
John Sibley .... animator
Joe Stahley .... background artist
Norman Tate .... animator (as Norm Tate)
Harvey Toombs .... animator
Bill Tytla .... animator
Marvin Woodward .... animator
Marc Davis .... character designer (uncredited)
Rae McSpadden .... ink and paint artist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Sidney Fine .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Frederick Stark .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Clifford Vaughan .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Walt Disney .... presenter
Natalie Kalmus .... color director
Morgan Padelford .... associate color director
 
Thanks
Billy Mitchell .... dedicatee
 

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70 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Certification:
Sweden:(Banned) (1944) | UK:U (1943)

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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:
Factual errors: 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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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Not for children, 14 November 2007
Author: Rubio MHS from United States

Based on the book by Major Alexander de Seversky published in 1941, this film is basically Disney's vehicle for pressing De Seversky's military plan upon Roosevelt, Churchill and the people of America and Britain. De Seversky argued that we should use bombers to attack Axis factories, farms, lines of transportation and resources. Basically, he argued that America and England should begin killing civilians by the tens of millions. And it's a Disney film.

After a brief homage to General Billy Mitchell, the first major animated sequence of the film you've probably seen: "History of Aviation." It starts with the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk, and documents the beginning of flight. It then moves on to the formation of the American Air Corps in 1908, early achievements in flight. It shows how aircraft were used in World War I, with the first surveillance planes, the first fighters and the first bombers.

The film moves on to give a history of World War II up to that point, but there are several factual errors, including a sequence where the German Army uses air cover and tanks to break the Maginot Line. In reality, Germany simply invaded France through Belgium. It shows that the invasion of Crete was a great victory for Germany, while it was actually a disaster that nearly failed.

The film then goes on to describe America's role in the war, describing America as the "Arsenal of Democracy." It argues that since American supply lines are thousands and thousands of miles long and German/Japanese supply lines are very short, Japan and Germany have a decided advantage over us. The solution? Stop attacking Hitler's tanks and soldiers, and begin attacking the factories, farms, workers and farmers which build those tanks and feed those soldiers.

The film has a decidedly unsettling tone about it. It begins as a typical Walt Disney cartoon documentary, light-hearted and funny, but it ends describing some of the most disturbing tactics of modern combat, such as blowing up dams to flood the enemy, and employing bombs that will cause earthquakes, perhaps a metaphor for nuclear weapons. It's definitely not for children.

The version found on The Disney Treasures set "On the Front Lines" is only 65 minutes long, and doesn't have the scene that argues that America is the greatest nation for aviators by insulting every nation in Europe, including our allies, France and Britain.

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