- Format: Animated, Black & White, Color, Mono
- Region: All Regions
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: Not RatedUnrated
- Studio: Scheslinger Warner Brothers First Motion Picture Unit
- Run Time: 220.00 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B018611N1E
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Private Snafu Golden Classics (Blu-ray)
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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 original 35mm elements, newly digitally restored in HD, with many elements rescanned from the earliest existing generation materials. This Blu-ray edition includes 34 shorts; 26 Snafu shorts, plus all eight of his appearances in the "A Few Quick Facts" sister series.
The Special Features have been updated with new material, and include a four-page illustrated booklet about the films and their creators, still galleries featuring rare original production art, original Scripts and Storyboards, notes from the field about Snafu,rare 'making Snafu' footage, and commentaries by cartoon historians Mike Kazaleh, Jerry Beck, Eric Goldberg, Mark Mayerson and John Kricfalusi. At ease!
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Top customer reviews
The animation from the great stable of Warner Bros directors and artists is first class, the rhyming stories and incidental character designs by Dr Seuss makes for a very unique mixing of styles and the ribald adult humour aimed at soldiers rather than general audiences makes these cartoons not only amusing but downright uproarious!
The restoration work on these cartoons is the real achievement here. Finally a cartoon release that presents the cartoons without Digital-Video-Noise-Removal process that degrades and thins the line quality, the colours haven't been tampered with and none of that heinous cropping or stretching. These are the cartoons as they were meant to be seen!
The DVD itself includes a generous supply of bonus features and has been beautifully designed, from the menu screens to the stylish cover art courtesy of Eric Goldberg. Bounds ahead of the official Looney Tunes DVD releases plastered with glossy licensing imagery and digitally altered facsimiles.
Carry on, Thunderbean!
The cartoons made by WB are as funny as any WB cartoons of the WW II era. Bugs Bunny makes a cameo appearance in "Gas" (my favorite). Since these cartoons were never shown to the public, they got away with a few "d**ns" and "h*lls" (Soldiers and sailors cussing! I'm shocked!). A couple of topless mermaids make a quick appearance in "Camouflage". And there is a completely-telegraphed-obvious boob joke in "Booby Traps". Probably a PG13 if it were rated.
The cartoons that were made by other studios, not funny. They are actual training films.
I am glad to see a complete set, scanned from the best source material. Much better than my VHS copy from public domain 16MM prints. THIS IS WONDERFUL!
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!