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Out of the Frying Pan Into the Firing Line (1942)

Documentary short film demonstrating the process by which waste fats from the kitchens of American homes can be transformed into the raw materials for explosives for the war effort.

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Minnie is about to pour her bacon grease over Pluto's dinner bowl as a treat, but a radio announcement reminds them that the glycerine which can be extracted from cooking fats is important to production of war munitions. Pluto decides that he would rather his treat be used to help Mickey and the other troops at the front, and he helps to collect grease to deliver to the local collection station - getting a better treat as compensation after all. Written by scgary66

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30 July 1942 (USA)  »

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De la Poêle au Front  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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The only film in which Mickey Mouse is shown in uniform, he is seen in a photo on the wall as a soldier. See more »

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Disney in the wartime
20 April 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Firing Line is another example of the Disney wartime shorts. They are interesting and worth the viewing though not perhaps your idea of entertaining. Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Firing Line is one of the better ones. Like most of the Disney wartime shorts, there is not much especially that you'd call entertaining, apart from when Pluto is paid in sausages rather than money. But also like them it makes for great historical value, with a message that is simple and well put across with no heavy-handedness. There is not what you call a story specifically, but it doesn't bore you and makes its point effectively, and it was a good idea to use Disney characters to do so. Minnie and Pluto are not one of their stronger characters, but they are still very engaging and are well-matched together. The animation is great, being crisply drawn with handsome colours, and the music is lively and appealingly orchestrated.

All in all, interesting and very nicely done. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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