Victory Through Air Power (1943)

Genres - War  |   Sub-Genres - Propaganda Film  |   Run Time - 65 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Richard Gilliam

Victory Through Air Power is the least seen of feature-length films from Disney's classic era, though individual portions have made their way into other Disney productions. The film is a live-action/animated propaganda film advocating the uses of strategic bombing in warfare -- an issue at the forefront of national discussion in 1943. The animation sequences are well-executed and entertaining, though the viewer needs at least some appreciation of the film's historical context. Today, Victory Through Air Power is primarily of interest to historians and film researchers. It is a good example of an overtly propagandistic film from the World War II era, and of how Walt Disney was far more involved in U.S. politics than most of the public realized.