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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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A Product of Its Time See more (12 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)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Sweden:(Banned) (1944) | UK:U (1943)

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Trivia:
Walt Disney was already working on a picture about the history of aviation when production began on this film, so that material was used as a prologue.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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Your Friend the Rat (2007) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A Product of Its Time, 12 May 2008
Author: nycruise-1 from United States

Disney like most other Americans in the early 1940s wanted to find some way to contribute to the war effort short of actually fighting. This film - along with the other wartime shorts on the DVD that contains it - stems from that impulse.

On one level, the film is meant to educate general audience in the scenarios of the history of flight, aerial combat and the (then) global crisis regarding the Allies vs. the Axis powers.

It does its job, entertaining when possible, affirming destruction and American/Allied dominance at critical points.

During my most recent viewing of it, I found that it almost seemed to make the case for nuclear warfare. Not outright, mind you, but through its continued emphasis of how Allied airstrikes, because of their remote points of origin, can/could not possibly inflict enough damage to Axis supply lines to shut them down. The film and its military authority Major Seversky propose that long range bombers are the answer - after which a presumably innovative animated version of just such a long range bomber is shown on screen: its long, clumsy-looking, with several large gunwales pointing out all over the plane's body. After seeing that, i could only surmise that military officials of the 1940s saw the folly in trying to build bigger and better airships to do in the Axis. Instead, per the film's rhetoric, the more logical solution seems/seemed to be: "Forget about trying to send a volley of superplanes; instead, send only one plane - but design its cargo to deliver Armageddon!"

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