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Victory Through Air Power (1943) Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film Victory Through Air Power

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  • Feature Length Animated Film
  • Distributed by: United Artists
  • Cartoon Characters: Orville Wright, Wilbur Wright, Alberto Santos-Dumont, Eugene Ely, Calbraith P. Rogers, Sir John Alcock, Arthur Brown, Charles Lindbergh, Pierre, Fritz, Eagle, Octopus.
  • Originally Released in 1943.
  • TechniColor
  • Running Time: 65 minutes.
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.

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A Disney feature-length cartoon that is both documentary and propaganda film. Inspired by Walt Disney's desire to help the war effort, this film deals with the ability of airplanes to help turn the tide against the Axis powers in World War II.

The entire film is animation except for clips of Brigadier-General Billy Mitchell and Major Alexander P. de Seversky speaking.

Historical flights by such aviation pioneers as the Wright Brothers, Alberto Santos-Dumont, Louis Bleriot, C.S. Rolls, Eugene Ely, Cal Rodgers, Charles A. Lindbergh, Wiley Post, Howard Hughes, and the crews of the NC-4 and the Douglas World Cruisers.

World War I aviation and the advent of the synchronized machine gun and aerial bombardment.

Still photographs and animation depict the career of de Seversky and his contribution to aviation.

The role of aviation as used by Germany in the invasion of France, Norway and Crete, the role of the Royal Air Force during the evacuation at Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and the sinking of British warships Prince of Wales and Repulse by the Japanese.

United States war production and its logistic problems, the geographical advantages of logistics held by Germany and Japan, and the effects of unrestricted submarine warfare by the German Navy.

Methods of defeating Germany through close air support and strategic bombing, the disadvantages of Allied bombing operations against Japan from China, Siberia, aircraft carriers and bases gained through island invasions, and the advantages to be gained by bombing Japan from Alaskan bases with long-range bombers.

The advantage of heavily armed long-range bombers over attacking fighter planes, and how aerial bombardment of hydroelectric plants and submarine pens can shorten the war.

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A Great Historical Document

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Finally, this has been released in the "From the Front" Disney Treasure Tin. I have read about this since the early 70s (in Finch's "The Art of Disney") and had always wanted to see it. HAD I seen it back then (when I was in my...  (read more)

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It seems odd, that EVERY full length animated feature has seen a DVD or VHS release except this one. I've read somewhere that Disney had no plans to every release this from their archives (too politically incorrect or somesuch nonsense). However, what...  (read more)

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