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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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Interesting and important documentary that helped turn the war effort. See more (11 total) »

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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Runtime:
70 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Sweden:(Banned) (1944) | UK:U (1943)

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RKO Radio Pictures (Disney's usual distributor) saw no profit in this movie, and refused to carry it. Walt Disney therefore contracted with United Artists for theater distribution.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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Soundtrack:
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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Interesting and important documentary that helped turn the war effort., 2 January 2001

This is the rarest of the rare. It's the one Disney film involving animation that has virtually disappeared. It is most absorbing and interesting and uses animation and a good narrative to clearly make a case for strategic bombing offensives to turn the tide of WW II. It was instrumental in this effort, causing both Churchill and Roosevelt to sit up and take notice. Major Alexander de Seversky's book on the subject is brought to the screen with first an amusing animated history of aviation and then live footage with Severesky himself speaking to the audience to explain his theory, helped with animated examples. It is all so clear and obvious from the present time perspective that it seems incredulous that the great statesmen of the time had to be won over to the tactic. The film earned an Oscar nom for Original Score, although this was nothing special, only adequate. Amazing it did not earn a nomination in the Documentary category as it was probably more important in its effect on WWII than anything else produced in the war years. Very worth seeking out - fascinating film.

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