Disney's Animated Classics

Wartime Animation

During the years of World War II (and for a short time thereafter), Walt Disney produced a series of animated public service films that either helped in the war effort or provided educational information on health-related topics. Few people today are aware of this aspect of the Disney animation legacy. One of the most prominent of these "wartime" films was Victory Through Airpower, a feature-length film that combined animation and live action to promote the idea of using airpower to win the war against Germany and Japan. This feature is highlighted on the page on Live-Action/Animated Features.

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Movie Clip
1943: Scene from "Der Fuehrer's Face"

1939

  • The Standard Parade

    1940

  • The Volunteer Worker

    1941

  • The Seven Wise Dwarfs
  • Thrifty Pig

    1942

  • All Together
  • Food Will Win the War
  • Four Methods of Flushing Rivets
  • Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Firing Line
  • Stop That Tank
  • The New Spirit (Donald Duck)
  • Donald's Decision (Donald Duck)
  • Donald Gets Drafter (Donald Duck)
  • The Army Mascot (Pluto)

    1943

  • Victory Through Airpower (Feature)
  • Education for Death
  • The Winged Scourge
  • Reason and Emotion
  • Spirit of '43
  • The Grain That Built a Hemisphere
  • Water, Friend or Foe
  • Defense Against Invasion
  • Der Fuehrer's Face (Donald Duck)
  • The Old Army Game (Donald Duck)
  • Victory Vehicles (Goofy)
  • Private Pluto (Pluto)

    1944

  • How to Be a Sailor (Goofy)

    1945

  • Cleanliness Brings Health
  • Hookworm
  • How Disease Travels
  • Insects as Disease Carriers
  • Tuberculosis

    1946

  • Bathing Time for Baby
  • Feather in His Collar
  • Jet Propulsion
  • Planning for Good Eating
  • The Story of Menstruation

    1951

  • How to Catch a Cold

    1965

  • Steel and America

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