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  • Actors: Private Snafu, Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet
  • Directors: Chuck Jones, Bob Clampett, Friz Freleng, Frank Tashlin, Dr. Seuss
  • Producers: Leon Schlesinger, Fred Quimby, Frank Capra
  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004G6FHCU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,237 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

What would happen if the goofiest soldier in the Army went face-to-face with deadly Axis forces? You're about to find out!

The hilarious Private Snafu cartoons hold a unique and unusual place in the history of American animated films. Originally produced as part of the Army/Navy Screen Magazine, they remain the most entertaining series of shorts never intended for general audiences!
The series was conceived by Frank Capra, with many early entries written and supervised by Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss)! The Snafu shorts feature some of the finest 1940s work of the Leon Schlesinger studio (Looney Tunes), including shorts by directors Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng, Frank Tashlin and Bob Clampett. Over sixty years since the last of the series was produced, they remain fresh, entertaining-and outrageous!

Thunderbean wraps them all up in a special collector's edition, beautifully restored and remastered almost entirely from the original 35mm elements! All 26 of Snafu's own cartoons are included, plus four of his appearances in the "A Few Quick Facts" sister series.

Special Features include a four-page illustrated booklet about the films and their creators, still galleries featuring rare original production art, and commentaries by cartoon historians Mike Kazaleh, Jerry Beck, Eric Goldberg, Mark Mayerson and John Kricfalusi. At ease!

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Thumbs Up, Doc!
The special features are Still Galleries, Alt Sountracks, A Few Quick Facts with Animation Historian Jerry Beck, Commentaries and Army and Nave screen magazine titles.
Good quality and very fun to watch, laugh, and learn about history.
doree miles

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By D. DiPaola on December 13, 2010
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Here it is! The ultimate, definitive, end-all Private Snafu collection! These cartoons were made to teach our troops during WWII with hilarious results. The cartoons would help troops learn about not to spread rumours, zipper your lip when you learn a secret, camoflague, and much more. The cartoons were written by Theodore Geisel (known to many as Dr. Seuss) and P.D. Eastman (who, like Seuss, also made a career writing childrens books) and directed by the great WB directors of the 40's; Chuck Jones, Bob Clampett, Friz Freleng, and Frank Tashlin. Now, the fine folks at Thunderbean proudly present the ultimate collection of Private Snafu shorts. You get all 26 shorts plus all 4 A Few Quick Facts shorts featuring Snafu all brilliantly restored and remastered from the original 35mm negatives (the transfers are like on the same scale as the Looney Tunes Golden Collections) and audio commentaries with Jerry Beck, Eric Goldberg, John Kricfalusi, and more. Since reading this news on the Golden Age Cartoons forums in July, I couldn't have been more excited! Throw your old DVD release from Image Entertainment in the trash, cause this is the only release of Private Snafu you'll ever need!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Paul F. Penna on January 9, 2011
Private Snafu Golden Classics

1. The SNAFUs are Warner Brothers cartoons from the peak of the studio's classic, golden age period. If you're a fan of Warner cartoons from the 1940s, you'll be a fan of these.
2. You've never seen them look as good as they do in this set by a long shot, and will probably never see them looking better.
3. If you enjoy delving more deeply, the supplementary materials, especially the commentaries by animators and animation historians are a treasure trove, and highly entertaining in their own right.
4. In case this review gets misapplied to another, inferior SNAFU collection at some point, I'll reiterate that I'm talking about "Private SNAFU Golden Classics" from Thunderbean Animation.
5. What do you mean you haven't bought it yet? Get with it!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By LooneyFan on January 10, 2011
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First of all, I would like to commemerate Eric Goldberg (worked on The Genie in Aladdin and The Crocodile in The Princess and the Frog) for coming up with the best DVD cover I have ever seen.
Steve Stanch gave his heart and soul into this DVD project. He wanted these cartoons looking their very best, he knew the right people to help him along the way, and he presented it mighty finely.
The shorts have had the first class treatment in restoration, and the ones I could really tell are Goldbrick and Fighting Tools. I had seen Goldbrick before in The Looney Tunes Golden Collection series, but it was majorly slowed down. And John K. (Ren & Stimpy) really shows his appreation in his commentary for Fighting Tools.
The Private Snafu cartoon series packs alot of variety from different art styles in directors and studios, the many voice talents of Mel Blanc, favorable moments (i.e., a very amusing run cycle in Fighting Tools) and not only work from your favorite WB directors (Bob Clampett, Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng, and Frank Tashlin) but also writing by rhyming master Dr. Suess. with influencing, too! So, it's like a big Easter basket chocked filled with goodies!
But that's not all! If you know very little about Snafu and his history, Mr. Stanch made sure you could tell others about him with commentaries from John Krifalusi, Jerry Beck (historian & cofounder of cartoonbrew.com), Eric Goldberg, Mark Mayerson, and Mike Kazaleah. They range on informative, fun, and excited on their commentaries. There's ton of model sheets, magazine covers, stills, and even title cards for The Army/Navy Screen Magazine inwhich Snafu showed his debut!
These shorts were most important cartoons of their time (even including ours!) They were highly enjoyable to the soilders and fighting men and women of US Army. Not only enjoyed, but also listened to.

Thumbs Up, Doc! Thumbs Up!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By rkass on January 5, 2011
Thunderbean DVDs are always of the highest quality, but this one is really special. Steve Stanchfield and his team have really put together an amazing package for animation fans, with beautifully restored films from the original 35 mm elements held by the US National Archives. There is great historical material both in the well-written insert, and as supplements on the DVD.

It is very interesting to see the opening and closing title sequences from the Army/Navy Screen Magazine, the films in which the Snafu shorts were originally presented. (Found in the Special Features section.)

in addition to the well-known Schlesinger Studios shorts, we get a few from MGM and even UPA (conplete with UPA's more stylized graphics).

The stills gallery, incuding magazine covers with Ray Harryhausen models, is a real treat

It was also fun to see the the "Private SNAFU presents Seaman TARFU" short for the first time, with a really fun surprise ending that I won't spoil for anywone here.

There are also lots of commentaries from some true animation legends.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By xxgrendelxx on January 7, 2011
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If anyone other than Thunderbean had produced this I would have passed on it. I was happy enough with the old Bosko editon, pleased with SNAFU's appearances in the Looney Tunes Golden Collection boxsets and LT laserdiscs, and tolerated a complete set bootleg in low-res.

Thunderbean's production is a creature of a higher order. The prints are crisp and every tone is clear and rich, the resolution is very high. The sound is outstanding, and there is a consistency of high quality 'toon to 'toon - no need to adjust the picture and volume every six minutes as with other releases. This is simply the most professionally restored and recorded edition (including Warner Bros' own).

I had no interest in buying these cartoons again, but damn - I'm glad I did. I am also pleased that Steve Stanchfield responded to my critique of the framing for "The Strangest Cartoons Ever Made, Vol. 1" and set me straight. Sadly, I cannot respond in the comments, but for certain, these prints include all the picture available.

If you have these 'toons, believe me - you need them once more... and FOR ALL.
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