Academy Goes to War with Animation

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a special retrospective of World War II-era cartoons next week in Beverly Hills, Calif. Animation At War will feature rare bits of political propaganda from Disney and other top studios.

Animation film historian Jerry Beck will introduce the cartoons and offer historical perspectives on each. The evening will include a 60th anniversary presentation of the Disney feature Victory Through Air Power, which hasn’t been screened in Los Angeles for nearly 20 years and has rarely been seen since its original release in 1943. Part documentary, part animated cartoon, the film is based on the book by Alexander P. de Seversky, which challenged traditional methods of warfare.

The program also features a number of short subject works, including MGM’s Oscar-nominated Blitz Wolf (1942), Warner Bros.’ Russian Rhapsody (1943), Columbia’s Song of Victory (1943), Disney’s Oscar-nominated Reason & Emotion (1943) and its Out of the frying Pan Into the Firing Line (1942).

The screenings will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 8:00 p.m. in the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre at 8949 Wilshire Blvd. Tickets are $5.00 general public and $3.00 for Academy members and students. For more information, visit www.oscars.org.