Private Snafu learns the hard way about the need for military dicipline and procedures to maintain an effective army.

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Booby Traps (1944)
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

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Introducing Private Snafu, the nation's worst soldier and his various versions in different branches of the armed forces.

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A homesick Pvt. Snafu learns that his family are almost as commited to the war efforts as himself.

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Rumors (1943)
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Snafu inadvertantly starts a panic on his base when he begins a mistaken rumour that the base is about to be bombed.

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Target Snafu (1944)
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Stars: Mel Blanc, Robert C. Bruce
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Pvt. Snafu / Technical Fairy - First Class / Soldiers (voice) (uncredited)
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Private Snafu learns the hard way about the need for military dicipline and procedures to maintain an effective army.

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Pvt. Snafu: [while being caressed by three harem girls] Ain't this swell, I fixed things I told you I could, what a camp no more discipline, boy am I good
Technical Fairy - First Class: [the Technical Fairy appears scaring the girls away] I beg pardon sir, you hear all that humming? I got a suspicion the Goimans are coming!
Pvt. Snafu: [pulls out a gun] The Goimans, The Goimans I'll moider them poops!, let me at them Goimans, say where are my troops?
[yelling]
Pvt. Snafu: Troops! Troops!
Soldiers: [choosing to ignore him] Aw nuts!
Technical Fairy - First Class: No use they ain't trained, they got no ...
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Followed by No Buddy Atoll (1945) See more »

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Powerhouse
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Music by Raymond Scott
Played when Snafu digs a hole and buries himself in it
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Solid early Private Snafu cartoon
11 October 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Not among the best of the Private Snafu cartoons like Spies and Booby Traps are but Gripes, the second cartoon in the series, while very predictable and slightly slow-starting is a solid early effort. The backgrounds are very crisply drawn, the black and white holds up well and the character animation is expressive enough, overall Gripes is very nicely animated. Gripes also has a highly characterful and energetic music score in unmistakable Carl Stalling fashion, the use of pre-existing tunes was well-done, and while predictable and with one of the most bizarre concepts of any Private Snafu cartoon the story is not once dull and does a good job sustaining the very short length of the cartoon(only 4 minutes), the message is not much different from other Private Snafu cartoons but makes its point effectively and in a way that's not heavy-handed. Gripes scores highly in the humour and writing department too, there are wittier and more daring Private Snafu cartoons but the often rhyming dialogue is very smart and even hearing it you'll have no trouble figuring out that it's Dr Seuss behind it. And the cartoon is full of gags that are very odd but in an endearing way and not only are a lot of them ahead of their time- though the series has had even more daring material than this- but they're funny too(if admittedly more so from an adult perspective), the best of which relating to bottoms. Snafu while very inept, which is basically what the Private Snafu cartoons are about, is still a very likable protagonist and the Technical Fairy is hilariously witty, both of which wonderfully voiced by Mel Blanc. Overall, not one of the best of the series but still solid stuff and makes for 4 entertaining minutes. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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