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Disney Dons Dogtags: The Best of Disney Military Insignia from World War II

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Swamped in World War II with requests from the military to use the world-famous Disney characters in creating distinctive unit insignia, the Disney Studio had to set up a special five-man crew of artists to meet the demand for designs. "They meant a lot to the men who were fighting," said Walt Disney. "How could you turn them down?" Imaginative, colorful, and well-executed, these insignia occupy a unique place in Disney history. Over a five-year period, as a contribution to the war effort, the Studio created some...
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Swamped in World War II with requests from the military to use the world-famous Disney characters in creating distinctive unit insignia, the Disney Studio had to set up a special five-man crew of artists to meet the demand for designs. "They meant a lot to the men who were fighting," said Walt Disney. "How could you turn them down?" Imaginative, colorful, and well-executed, these insignia occupy a unique place in Disney history. Over a five-year period, as a contribution to the war effort, the Studio created some 1,200 insignia, the best of which have been selected for this volume - the first comprehensive survey of this relatively unknown body of Disney art. For the most part, these delightful designs exist today only as fifty-year-old color transparencies or black-and-white photos in the Disney Archives, the originals having been sent directly to their respective units during the war. Nevertheless, period reproductions of the originals can still be found in wartime Disney comic books, on matchbook covers, poster stamps, and, indeed, the leather and woven patches that were inspired by the art - all of which are now very collectible. It is a tribute to the success of the Disney animators in giving believable personalities to "drawings that move" that some well-known cartoon figures were suitable for military service while others were not. For instance, Donald Duck appeared in more than two hundred designs - his famous temper fit him for militant postures - while the lovable, bashful Mickey Mouse was rarely called upon except for home front causes. Where no Disney character quite fit the bill, the studio happily created new ones, as in the case of the well-known symbols for the Flying Tigers, the Mosquito Fleet, and the Seabees. In addition to being of interest to Disney enthusiasts and collectors - imagine, after all these years, opening a treasure trove of forgotten Disney artwork - this book definitely will appeal to military buffs and veterans, especially du

Swamped with requests to use their cartoon characters in military insignia, the Disney Studio set up a special group to design emblems for all branches of service--American and Allied. The result was some 1,200 delightful insignia, the best of which appear in this volume. 350 illustrations, 300 in full color.

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Gordon Flagg
During World War II, Disney studio artists created some 1,200 insignia for military units. Many depicted familiar Disney characters dressed in uniform and wielding rifles, bombs, or other accoutrements of war; for other units, such as the Flying Tigers and the Seabees, the artists created new characters. Donald Duck appeared on more insignia than any other character, for his well-known temper and feistiness made him a natural for military service. Conversely, the nonbelligerent Mickey Mouse was seldom used. Some matchups were particularly appropriate: Snow White appeared as a nurse, and Flower the Skunk represented three chemical warfare units. This attractively designed, full-color volume samples this largely unknown body of art and details the studio's wartime contributions. Its main appeal will be to animation fans and World War II buffs, but there's a definite browsability factor for others as well, if only for the novelty of seeing such beloved and peaceable figures as Jiminy Cricket and Dumbo go on the offensive.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558594012
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/1992
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 9.33 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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