Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia: Walt & the Troops

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia: Walt & the Troops

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia: Walt & the Troops

Did you know today’s Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia about Walt and the Troops?

Just one day after Pearl Harbor, Walt Disney received his first military contract and began creating promotional reels, war bond advertisements, short training and instructional films, and other World War II materials. Also at this time, he received requests from military units all over the world requesting Disney-designed insignias and mascots. David Lesjak, a former employee and Disney historian says, “Insignia helped build morale. Having a cartoon character you grew up with on your plane–or shoulder patch–helped remind you of home. In my mind it was a happy diversion from the horrors of war.” (“Walt Disney’s Wonderful World,” by Jeremy Borden. On Patrol The Magazine of the USO, Volume 2, Number 1, Spring 2010.)

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  • http://heidi-strawser.com Heidi Strawser

    Perfect trivia for this week, Jodi! Very cool!

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Isn’t that cool?!

  • DisneyDayByDay

    Yes it is very cool. Not only did this help the troops but gave people at the studios work.

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      True! And the Studios were in the red at the time, so all the war effort materials were pretty much pro bono!

  • http://www.frontierlandstation.com/ Frontierland Station

    How interesting! I love the picture you shared with this!

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Thanks! Disney’s war art is pretty amazing!

  • cartooncrests

    The original Flying Tiger design was created for the American Volunteer Group, Chinese Air Force, in the Fall of 1941. An updated design was created for the 23rd Fighter Group in the Fall of 1942.

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Thanks for the details!

  • Rochelle M.

    I managed to purchase a copy of Walt Disney Treasures – On the Front Lines. It’s amazing to see so much of what Walt and all did for the military and troops. I highly recommend it. If I remember correctly, producing this work helped to keep the Disney company afloat during the war. (I just wish all the Walt Disney Treasures series would be released on regular blu-ray/dvd.)

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Oooh, I need to find that book! Yes, according to the article I referenced, the Disney Studios were basically broke at this time. Disney stopped production on feature animations to focus on the war effort films and projects.

      • Rochelle M.

        It’s actually an older DVD set rather than a book. Disney produced a series of DVDs (limited quantities of course) that came in metal cases. They’re all pretty cool but I’ve only been able to purchase a couple of them, including the “On the Front Lines” release. It contains lots of information on what the studio did during the war years, including many training films and even propaganda cartoons. Amazon has many of these sets, but the prices range from about $24 into the well-over $100 range.

        “Walt Disney Treasures – Disneyland USA” is another fun one and includes the original tv broadcast of the opening of Disneyland in 1955, which featured Walt Disney, Art Linkletter, Robert Cummings, and even “Ronnie” Reagan.

        • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

          Very cool! Those do seem like treasures. I’ll have to see if I can grab one!

  • michelle roach-youngerman

    Thanks for the interesting tidbit of history – I always enjoy learning something new!

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      You’re welcome!

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