I EXTREMELY HIGHLY recommend you buy Disney Treasures: On the Frontlines and Walt: The Man Behind the Myth.
On the frontlines DVD, Leonard Maltin discusses how Walt had an impact on World War 2 with all the propaganada films he created. It also shows most of all the propaganada shorts Walt Made.
Here is a fact. During WWII The Disney Studios was close to the Lockheed air base, which was being used for the military. So what happened was that the military also took over the Walt Disney Studios during this time. They show footage of this on both of the DVD's that I listed.
The DVDs also scratch on how Walt Disney tried to fight off Communism here in America during WWII. He blamed his 1940's staff strike on Communism and testified in front of the House of Un-Americans Committee.
I will post a link to the transcript in a few minutes.
Here is the link. In here Walt and his friend Ronald Reagan talk about how they also hate Unions.
Here is a clip from that link (PS, After clicking the link, you need to scroll down past Reagans testimony to see Walts)
Mr. SMITH: From those pictures that you made have you any opinion as to whether or not the films can be used effectively to disseminate propaganda?
Mr. DISNEY: Yes, I think they proved that.
Mr. SMITH: How do you arrive at that conclusion?
Mr. DISNEY: Well, on the one for the Treasury on taxes, it was to let the people know that taxes were important in the war effort. As they explained to me, they had 13,000,000 new taxpayers, people who had never paid taxes, and they explained that it would be impossible to prosecute all those that were delinquent and they wanted to put this story before those people so they would get their taxes in early. I made the film and after the film had its run the Gallup poll organization polled the public and the findings were that 29 percent of the people admitted that it had influenced them in getting their taxes in early and giving them a picture of what taxes will do.
The Cartoon about taxes that Walt is talking about stars Donald duck and is called "The New Spirit". Due to its success, Walt made a sequel to it called "The Spirit of '43" These cartoons, as well as most other propaganda cartoon shorts Walt created can all be viewed in the entirety on the "Disney Treasures: Walt Disney on the Frontlines". You can easily purchase it on Amazon.com.
Last edited by Disney Wrassler; 03-07-2006 at 01:26 PM.
They forgot to mention something in his detailed biography. This is what the site said:
During the fall of 1918, Disney attempted to enlist for military service. Rejected because he was under age, only sixteen years old at the time. Instead, Walt joined the Red Cross and was sent overseas to France, where he spent a year driving an ambulance and chauffeuring Red Cross officials. His ambulance was covered from stem to stern, not with stock camouflage, but with Disney cartoons.
They forgot to mention how he got the ambulance driver position. He was to old to join so what he did was change his birth certificate. He was born in 1901 so what he did was change the 1 into a 0. So now his certificate said 1900. He then turned that in and got the position.
In the "Walt: The Man behind the Myth" They actually show Walts original birth certificate and they showed how he changed it.
Another fact: Dumbo was suppost to appear on the December 1941 issue of Time Magazine but was replaced with a cover of Pearl Harbors attack.
Right before Walt Died, he told his brother Roy that he saw a vision of his futuristic city, EPCOT, on the ceiling of his hospital room.