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Donald Duck Gets Drafted

Gerald Scarfe explores the activity of the Walt Disney Studio during World War Two.

Marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, illustrator and animator Gerald Scarfe tells the story of Disney's fascinating on and off-screen contribution to the war effort.

The programme explores how the iconic Studio in California became a war plant in the 1940s, churning out groundbreaking military training films and propaganda shorts, educational posters and leaflets, along with insignias for troops to help boost morale on the frontline.

Gerald, who worked as production designer on Disney's 1997's big screen animation Hercules, examines what motivated Walt to offer his artists' inkwells as weapons of war. He uncovers why Donald Duck rather than Mickey Mouse became the Studio's wartime mascot and reveals which film reportedly put Walt on Hitler's own personal hit list. He also examines Walt Disney's personal role as a Goodwill Ambassador in South America, intended to help stem potential Nazi influence.

Produced by Kellie Redmond
A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

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New Year's Day 2016 23:27

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