(WWII) SOLDIERS SIEZED DISNEY STUDIOS

When Pearl Harbor was bombed and the United States was drawn into the World War 2, 700 U.S. soldiers seized the Disney Studio in California.

Their purpose was to help protect the nearby Lockheed aircraft plant — an installation that was vital to the nation's security. For the next eight months, until other arrangements could be made, the soldiers ate, trained, and lived in Walt Disney's Burbank, California studio.

During that war, the Disney Studio created hundreds of insignia for various military units, and produced a variety of films for training, recruitment and support of the war effort. In 1942-43 alone, Disney turned out more than 204,000 feet of film, 95 percent of it for government contracts.

Notable was “The New Spirit,” a cartoon aimed at convincing Americans that it was their responsibility to pay income taxes. Sixty million people saw the film; a Gallup poll indicated that 37 percent of them were more willing to pay taxes afterward.