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World War II transformed the Disney Studio. Although nearly one-third of the artists had been drafted, production quintupled, up to 95% of it for military and government uses. Some of the films included inOn the Front Lineshave not been seen since their initial release; others were never shown to the general public. Anticipating the importance of animated training films, Disney produced the studio's first educational film, "Four Methods of Flush Riveting" (1941), using limited animation to train riveters at Lockheed. Decades later, "Four Methods" and the excerpts from military training films remain models of how to present information clearly and concisely.

Many of the wartime entertainment shorts are largely propaganda. Donald's nightmare of working on a Nazi assembly line in "Der Fuehrer's Face" is still hilarious slapstick. The grimmer "Education for Death" and "Chicken Little" have aged less gracefully. Disney's oddest wartime project was Victory Through Air Power (1943), a live action/animation feature based on Major Alex de Seversky's controversial book that called for the adoption of long-range bombers. By the time it was finished, air power was a reality.

Front Lines also includes several health films made for the Office of Inter-American Affairs, and bond-buying shorts for Canada that reuse animation from Snow White and "Three Little Pigs." This collection of genuine rarities is a must-have for anyone interested in the history of animation, the Disney Studio, or America during WWII. (Rated G, suitable for ages 10 and older: violence, ethnic stereotypes, tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

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      WALT DISNEY TREASURES - ON THE FRONT LINES      When I was given the opportunity to get a copy of this set of ratites I was what one could say excited. A great guy and friend I met here on Amazon hooked me up with this wonderful piece of not only Disney history but war history. Mr. KIA you Sir are a scholar and a gentleman indeed, thanks for the great set. Now as most of you know Disney has released these "Treasures" sets and many other sets …
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A great collection from Disney that collects all the World War 2 cartoons, shorts, and films that they produced during that time period. Excellent set.
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