Walt Disney Treasures: On the Front Lines
Directed by Ben Sharpsteen and Bill Justice, 1943
Burbank, CA: Walt Disney Video, 2004
Length: 210 minutes
From the Walt Disney Company
“On December 8, 1941, the Disney Studio was taken over by the military as part of the war effort. Making the most of the talent that hadn’t shipped out yet, Walt Disney spent the next four years creating and producing training, propaganda, and educational films for the Armed Forces. In addition to these films, this extraordinary volume also includes the full-length feature “Victory Through Air Power.” Released theatrically in 1943, this powerful propaganda film has never been reissued until now. You’ll also see recently discovered on-the-set footage, and get rare firsthand accounts about the work and culture at the Disney Studio in interviews with Disney Legends Joe Grant, John Hench, and Roy Disney. Featuring exclusive introductions by film historian Leonard Maltin, this is a timeless collection from generations past for generations to come.”
This DVD provides a sampling of the many films Disney produced for the U.S. military during World War II. As part of the bonus features, the DVD include 59 insignia designed by Disney during World War II in a color slideshow presentation narrated by Leonard Maltin. While the DVD is not worth buying for the insignia alone, for those collectors with any interest in World War II, it is well worth the money.