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A farm horse tries to enlist in the army, but despite his virtuoso display of wartime histrionics, he's rejected when he flunks the physical. Dejected, he wanders into a mock battlefield, which tells him what war is really like.

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The Draft Horse / Recruiting Sergeant / Private Snafu (voice) (uncredited)
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A farm horse tries to enlist in the army, but despite his virtuoso display of wartime histrionics, he's rejected when he flunks the physical. Dejected, he wanders into a mock battlefield, which tells him what war is really like.

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This cartoon has been credited as being the inspiration for Chuck Jones' rakish style of humor. Prior to this, he had been making cartoons in the Walt Disney style that were softer, with more gentle overtones such as Sniffles the Mouse. With this cartoon he realized that he had a gift for slapstick comedy. See more »


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Battle Music No. 9
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Music by J.S. Zamecnik
Played when the horse play-acts battle scenes in the recruiting office
Played again when the horse play-acts battle scenes a second time
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Say "ah"! AAAAAAAAAAAHHH!!!
25 February 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In a great bit of wartime fun, "The Draft Horse" shows what might happen if a farm horse wanders into its local recruitment office in a fit of patriotic fervor.

Chuck Jones always was a master of animation and proves it here yet again, aided and abetted by Mel Blanc's talented vocal abilities as the horse of the title who is put through a battery of tests to prove his battle-worthiness. All the while, the filly brays and whinnies at the thought of being a soldier.

After all the testing, the horse is classified a 4-F but that STILL isn't the end of the story in a neat twist at the end.

Nine stars. Classic wartime fluff about how the war on the homefront even affected the four-hooved among us.


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