All Together (film #18 on disc #1 of Walt Disney on the Front Lines DVD (Disney, 2004)). [Category: Military & Propaganda]

Apparently, the Disney studios didn’t have enough to do to produce tons of educational and propaganda shorts for the American war effort––they also collaborated with the National Film Board of Canada to produce this Canadian appeal for a war bond drive. Mostly, this consists of the well-known Disney characters marching in a parade, to the music of Mickey’s band. This is quite cute and fun, but when it gets to the hard sell, it’s almost psychedelic in its brightly-colored imagery. A great wartime relic from the Disney vaults. By the way, I applaud Disney for finally having the courage to release this wartime stuff for its historical value. The whole DVD is well put together, the prints of the films are pristine, and the whole thing is packaged beautifully in a metal tin.

Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: ****.

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