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The Complete Uncensored Private Snafu

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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.


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

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

Product details

  • Actors: Mel Blanc, Billy Bletcher, Frank Graham, Michael Maltese, Tedd Pierce
  • 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:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 5, 2006
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 6305339856
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,976 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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