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Summary: The fact that many peace-time industries and manufacturing plants have been converted practically' 100 per cent into war plants manufacturing implements for war, is a well-known, not unusual fact. However, when a cartoon studio, which for many years has been engaged in creating whimsical entertainment for the screen, suddenly becomes a war plant, it is a somewhat more unusual fact.

From a studio whose yearly production program included 2 or 3 features, plus 24 short subjects, Walt Disney Productions has at this time no feature in work, and is having difficulty producing a minimum number of short subjects. All of this, of course, is caused by the fact that between 90 and 95 per cent of the facilities of the organization are today devoted to producing training films for the Navy, the Army Signal Corps, the Army Air Forces, the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs, the Treasury Department, and other governmental agencies.

This "change-over" in product at the Walt Disney Studio has brought a set of problems that is not frequently encountered in the average war plant. There was no radical "change-over" of heavy machinery, or the installation of new dies and presses. It was mental rather than physical adjustment.

Reprinted in American Cinematographer 1944-05

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