Victory Through Air Power (1943)





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Walt Disney's animation/live action hybrid feature Victory Through Air Power is unabashed, and undeniably entertaining, wartime propaganda. At the time the film was made, Disney was fascinated with the theories of Major Alexander de Seversky, a proponent of strategic long-range bombing. Since America's military leaders did not altogether subscribe to Seversky's "revolutionary" notions, Disney hoped to win their support with this 65-minute film. Beginning with a semicomic animated history of aviation, the film then segues into a retelling of Seversky's accomplishments, with the Major himself appearing to explain key points of his theories. Switching back to animation, the finale shows Seversky's "dream air force" in action, scientifically bombing enemy war factories and supply lines and thereby incapactitating their power to make war. Released by United Artists rather than Disney's usual conduit RKO, Victory Through Air Power served its purpose both in terms of the War Effort and in terms of enlightening the civilians in the audience. It has not been seen theatrically since, though portions of the animated sequences have popped up on Disney's various TV anthology series.
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Critic Reviews for Victory Through Air Power

All Critics (1)

The Disney Studios' most protracted and arguably their most successful experiment with limited animation.

Full Review… | November 12, 2010
Antagony & Ecstasy

Audience Reviews for Victory Through Air Power

An extremely informative piece of historical document that was essential in the making of important decisions during WWII, with a hugely detailed strategy that showed Americans how to win (and end) the war in the shortest possible time and with minimum human casualties.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Victory Through Air Power is certainly one of the more bizarre Disney features. It's also single-handedly the most boring and unwatchable Disney movie, if you even want to call it that. The animation and general quality are up to studio standards, but the film is so unengaging that none of that matters. Although I guess that was to be expected as the primary purpose of this propaganda feature wasn't to entertain. (First and only viewing - Early 2011)

Adam R
Adam R

An amazing way to view WWII through the perspective of those around it at the time rather than from a historical perspective. It is fascinating to see the thought development of those behind the war effort.

Cory O'Connell
Cory O'Connell

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