Disneyland: Man in Flight (1957)

Run Time - 60 min.  |  
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Utilizing generous excerpts from the 1942 Disney animated feature Victory Through Air Power, this Disneyland episode traces the history of animation, from the earliest days of Chinese rocketry to the present. Though the narration of the original film has been rewritten (wisely, considering its WW2 propaganda content), the images remain intact, including a sprightly if slightly off-the-beam sequence in which the First World War is essentially reduced to the level of a sight gag. One year after its 1957 telecast, Man in Flight was released theatrically overseas; and in 1961, it was rebroadcast on Walt Disney Presents, with new footage added to promote the upcoming Disney live-action feature The Absent-Minded Professor (replete with an appearance by star Fred MacMurray).