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The Complete Uncensored Private Snafu (1943)

Mel Blanc , Robert C. Bruce , Chuck Jones , Frank Tashlin  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Mel Blanc, Robert C. Bruce, Bea Benaderet, Sara Berner, Frank Graham
  • Directors: Chuck Jones, Frank Tashlin, Friz Freleng, Robert Clampett
  • Writers: Dr. Seuss, Abe Liss, Phil Eastman
  • Producers: Dr. Seuss, Edward Selzer, Leon Schlesinger
  • Format: Animated, Black & White, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 5, 2006
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305339856
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,434 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Complete Uncensored Private Snafu" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Includes All 28 Private Snafu cartoons ever released:
  • Coming! SNAFU! by Chuck Jones, released June 1943, Gripes by Friz Freleng, July 1943, Spies by Chuck Jones, August 1943, The Goldbrick by Frank Tashlin, September 1943, The Infantry Blues by Chuck Jones, September 1943, Fighting Tools by Bob Clampett, October 1943, The Home Front by Frank Tashin, November 1943, Rumors by Friz Freleng, December 1943, Boo by Traps by Bob Clampett, January 1944, SNAFUperman by Friz Freleng, March 1944, SNAFU vs Malaria Mike by Chuck Jones, March 1944, A Lecture on Camouflage by Chuck Jones, April 1944
  • Gas by Chuck Jones, May 1944, Going Home by Chuck Jones, May 1944, The Chow Hand by Frank Tashlin, June 1944, Censored by Frank Tashlin, July 1944, Payday by Friz Freleng, September 1944, Target SNAFU by Friz Freleng, October 1944, A Few Quick Facts: Inflation by Osmond Evans, November 1945, Three Brothers by Friz Freleng, December 1944, In the Aleutions by Chuck Jones, February 1945, A Few Quick Facts: Fear by Zach Schwartz, April 1945, It's Murder She Says... by Chuck Jones, May 1945, Hot Spot by Friz Freleng, July 1945, Operation SNAFU by Friz Freleng, July 1945, No Buddy Atoll by Chuck Jones, October 1945, Private SNAFU Presents Seaman TARFU by George Gordon, January 1946

Editorial Reviews

The 28 cartoons in this collection were made by the Warner Bros. artists for the Army-Navy Screen Magazine during World War II, and were rarely--if ever--seen by the general public. The title character's name is an acronym for "Situation Normal: All Fouled Up" (substitute another "F-word" if you must), and most of his adventures are mildly didactic: Snafu ignores an Army regulation and/or common sense, and pays the price. In "Snafu vs. Malaria Mike" and "It's Murder She Says..." (1945), he goes without insect repellent in the tropics and ignores insect netting--and catches malaria. The stories were written by Ted "Dr. Seuss" Geisel, and the meters and rhymes echo his children's books. In "Gripes" (1943), Snafu begins, "If I ran this army...." The shots of Snafu's bare posterior and the occasional "damn" or "hell" were considered risqué during the '40s, but the depictions of buck-toothed Japanese soldiers are more likely to raise eyebrows today. Although obviously made quickly and cheaply--Snafu's appearance varies from film to film and Mel Blanc essentially reused Bugs Bunny's voice for the character--many of these cartoons are still funny. Unfortunately, Bosko Video disfigures these historically significant films by periodically inserting its logo into the frame. What were they thinking? --Charles Solomon

Product Description

Commissioned by the military during World War II, this collection of propaganda cartoons has not been seen in over fifty years. Created by the famed animators at Warner Bros. from 1943-1946 and voiced by the legendary Mel Blanc, this DVD presents all twenty-eight Private Snafu cartoons ever released.

Customer Reviews

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99 of 105 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The makers of this DVD have deliberately ruined it. November 22, 1999
I'm going to keep this review very brief. The cartoons on this DVD are pretty good. However, these cartoons are covered up by a "Bosko Video" logo. In my opinion, this logo ruins the DVD.
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Interesting example of wartime propaganda. October 24, 1999
By A Customer
From a historical viewpoint, these cartoons are important. During World War II, the U.S. military tried to use racial stereotyping to encourage U.S. soldiers to think that it was OK to kill the enemy.
The cartoons also give advice to soldiers such as don't accidentally dislcose military secrets to a woman that you might be involved with.
Mel Blanc does the voice of Private Snafu, but he's really just recylcling his Bugs Bunny voice.
The fact that this DVD contains ALL of the Private Snafu cartoons on one disc is an example of why DVD is better than VHS. The VHS version of this release requires two tapes.
I also like the fact that the cartoons are shown in their original black and white versions. Putting out colorized verions would have been a big mistake.
Overall, this is a pretty good DVD... except for one MAJOR problem. The problem is that all of the cartoons are covered up by a "Bosko Viedo" logo. I don't understand why the logo appears while the cartoons are playing. Were it not for this logo, this DVD would be a valuable addition to one's DVD collection, and I would probably give it three or four stars. But with the logo, I consider this DVD to be worthless, and so I am giving it only one star. I wish that I could get my money back. But since I already opened it, I am not allowed to return it. What a shame.
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65 of 70 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Good Idea Ruined By Several Bad Ones October 19, 1999
This video is almost a complete waste of time. The cartoon selections are good, but that's about all that's good. The problems are numerous. Firstly, the opening and end titles are cut from every cartoon, a completely pointless thing to do. It would be one thing if they were trying to save space, but they could have fit several times as many cartoons on the DVD, titles and all. Secondly, they've "remixed" the soundtrack into AC3 Dolby Digital Surround Sound. This is just about the silliest thing I can imagine. Don't be fooled. The original cartoons, being from the 30s and 40s, exist ONLY in mono. There is no way of making a mono soundtrack into stereo. They have simply added NEW sound effects and mixed them into stereo "around" the original mono soundtrack. The sounds are intermittent and distracting and do not go well with the mono soundtrack at all. They would have been far better off with a simple uncompressed mono soundtrack with no embellishments. Thirdly, the menu system is extremely awkward and does not allow you to skip through the cartoons with the track buttons. The player simply returns to the main menu after each cartoon. Lastly, the quality leaves much to be desired on most of the films. On "Scrap Happy Daffy," the quality is so bad, it's barely watchable. I understand that the film might of simply been in bad shape, but a little digital restoration would have been far more welcome than the silly "surround" sound effects.
Why couldn't they simply focus their efforts into a digital video and audio restoration on these old films and present them in their original unedited and uncensored state? Instead they've wasted their time with silly sound effects and cut up the cartoons as well.
Basically, this video's a bomb! Don't waste your time, just wait for MGM to release their Golden Age of Looney Tunes series on DVD. Their LD versions were far better than anything offered here.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This DVD re-creates the TV watching experience. October 10, 1999
By A Customer
I suggest that you avoid buying the DVD "Complete Uncensored Private Snafu."
During World War II, Warner Bros made a series of cartoons featuring a character called Private Snafu. The cartoons were created for the specific purpose of being viewed by members of the U.S. military.
Recently, all of these cartoons were released on this DVD. The cartoons are fine. The problem, however, is that when the cartoons are playing, there is an on-screen "Bosko Video" logo that appears on top of the cartoons. It's really no different than the kinds of logos that appear on broadcast TV. Except that this isn't broadcast TV. It's a DVD.
I find it very ironic that a DVD which includes the words "Complete" and "Uncensored" in its title is, in fact, because of this logo, UNcomplete, and it IS censored.
Were it not for this on-screen logo covering up the cartoons, I would give this DVD 4 stars. But, because the logo ruins the cartoons, I am giving the DVD only 1 star.
If anybody from the video company that produced this DVD is reading this and wants to send me an email explaining why the logo appears on the cartoons, please do so. My email address is real.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ruined! October 22, 1999
By A Customer
What a disappointment. Historic footage but I wish I'd known first that each cartoon would be disfigured by that wretched logo. Forget it. Don't encourage this sort of vandalism.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great cartoons, terrible transfer to DVD November 9, 2002
These are famous cartoons from WWII. But the transfer to DVD was totally botched. There's a grey frame around the image, cutting off part of the original picture. A "Bosto Video" logo appears over the image occasionally. This despite the fact that Bosto does not own the copyright in the original material. (Ref Library of Congress control number 97515282; the copyright applies to text and editing only.) Many of these cartoons are available from other sources at better quality. Still, Bosto did get them all on one DVD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Ruined...
This could have been a good collection, but for some reason the makers decided to mare every cartoon with a goofy logo. Read more
Published on February 13, 2012 by Victor Costa
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Memories
I love the Cartoon Crazys series. I intend to purchase all of them. I am a cartoon buff--and found that my boss is, also. We swap cartoon albums from time to time.
Published on October 27, 2011 by mcampey
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice collection but lousy execution
Of course we are happy to see these rare cartoons but the Bosko logo used at the bottom of the screen is distracting and the TV box that they use to frame the cartoons cropes the... Read more
Published on September 14, 2010 by ANOTHERGUY
4.0 out of 5 stars A Complete Snafu!
These wartime instructional cartoons had a rough job. They were to train soldiers without being boring. To do this they used the Animation Team at Warner Bros. Studios. Read more
Published on August 9, 2010 by James Bryant Wiser
1.0 out of 5 stars the LOGO is an ADVERTISEMENT, folks.
Would you buy a DVD if you knew there was a big scratch across it?
Probably not.

IMO, this is just as bad..... Read more
Published on December 20, 2009 by Dana Gillespie
5.0 out of 5 stars the complete unsensored private snafu
the complete uncensored private snafu.
this fantastic dvd gives an insight into the mindset of both the general
public and the soldiers of the day during WW11. Read more
Published on July 4, 2009 by Brian M. Jeffery
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for all ages
Great historical cartoons for all ages. I show it to my neice and nephew and they love it.
Published on June 20, 2009 by Paulie
1.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Uncensored Snafu
As an avid WWII and classic films collector, I must say that The Complete Uncensored Snafu was absolutely terrible. Read more
Published on April 13, 2009 by John W. Rymark
4.0 out of 5 stars SNAFU
SNAFU - For those into history and those who like early animation this is a fun trip back in the "Wayback Machine". Read more
Published on December 20, 2008 by Koreacollieman
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Christmas
DD wants the WWII propoganda cartoons for her collection. It was great to find them for her.
Published on November 16, 2008 by M. Denman
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