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Rookie Revue (1941)

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Random gags around military life, set on an army base. A bugler uses a jukebox to play reveille. In formation, one private has a great deal of trouble remembering what comes after "3"; ... See full summary »

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Random gags around military life, set on an army base. A bugler uses a jukebox to play reveille. In formation, one private has a great deal of trouble remembering what comes after "3"; after he gets it, he decides not to go for the $32 question. In the mess hall, the machine gunners machine gun their food while the bombers catch falling biscuits. The infantry marches for miles - past a "next time, take the train" billboard. The camouflage troops march by, invisibly. We see training substitutes: wooden guns, cars marked "tank" and, alas, a banner marked "parachute" deployed in mid-jump. More training: aerial games (of tic-tac-toe). The anti-aircraft division has target practice, on an aerial shooting gallery. Finally, in an elaborate process, a general provides firing instructions to a big gun; when it hits his own building, he says, "I'm a baaad general." Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Repackaging For Wartime
23 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

MARSHALLING ALL OF the forces available for the War Effort, Hollywood did not have submit to any Draft Board. Willingly and cheerfully enlisting all of its studios' feature film productions, short subjects, serials and even cartoons into the fray, all could be used in an effort at solidarity and morale building.

IN THE EXAMPLE of this Leon Schlesinger/Warner Brothers' cartoon, it is most general and non-specific in its intent and execution. Whereas it has a definite military theme, it never gets too technical. In form, it is a variation on the sort of general theme cartoons that they had been doing for some years at the Cartoon Studio; known as Termite Terrace.

IN THIS CATEGORY of cartoon short, a narrator introduces the audience to several different related vignettes; going through some snappy narration while often getting an on screen response from one of the characters, usually being the punch-line. Visual puns are often employed and there is no central character such as a Bugs Bunny or Daffy Duck to fill the spotlight. Often animated shorts of this genre were sort of spoofs of the Travelogues.

SO IT IS that with a time tested and proved format such as this to work with, Looney Tunes gave us ROOKIE REVUE at a time when we really needed it.

THANK YOU VERY much: Leon and you 4 Warners!


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