Historical curiosity, deserving of a niche release.
Now that Disney's released the Black Cauldron and Melodytime, that leaves
very few Disney films that have never been released on a home video
In fact, it pretty much leaves this and Song of the South.
I have seen about half of the movie, in bits and pieces, because of
habit of using clips from older animations in newer compilations. Chances
are, if you've ever seen Disney animation showing WWII vintage fighters or
bombers, you've seen a part of this film.
There's nothing terribly entertaining anymore about Victory- it's as
entertaining as any other WWII-era propaganda film. But, given
completist mindset, and given the historical significance of any and all
war-era films, I think Disney needs to release this movie; even if it's in
an extremely limited mail-order-only release. It needn't come in a
clamshell, but Disney owes it to their fans to let them have the
to see ALL of their work..
Thank goodness Disney was American
This film will change the way you look at cartoons. The power possessed
by the cartoon to simplify and in this case "Disney-fy" the bloody
politics of war, grows ever more chilling the more charming this
cartoon gets. Victory Through Air Power is the crown jewel of this
gem-laden Disney DVD called Disney Goes to War. I love it because it is
such a simplified and clear teaching of the mid-WWII strategies
intended by the powers employing Mr. Disney. Goebbels in the area of
devastating propaganda, comes to mind while watching. America's
fortunes could have been vastly different if Walt's talent's had been
captured by the Nazis. See for yourself what a mix of emotions this
film causes in you. To see that the same studio which produced Snow
White and Bambi could so quickly and effectively recalibrate their
drawing tables for War is spooky and makes you wonder what other
messages lie hidden in the vast Disney canon..