A (male?!) mosquito army prepares for the attack. We see basic training, which includes an obstacle course (slapping hands, fly swatters), target practice on stuffed dummy human forms, and ... See full summary »

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A (male?!) mosquito army prepares for the attack. We see basic training, which includes an obstacle course (slapping hands, fly swatters), target practice on stuffed dummy human forms, and training for taking off and landing on "flattops" (sardine cans). The trainees get, literally, their wings. A scout arrives with photos and the attack is planned. The first wave sneaks in behind flowers, then opens a hole in the screened-in porch. A second wave arrives in an amphibious boat, then launches their attack; despite the human's preparations (DDT, flyswatter), he's launched high in the air. Finally, the returning troops land, but instead of reaching their sardine-can destination, they fall short in the water. The bug directing them turns around, and we see his crossed eyes. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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17 August 1946 (USA)  »

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Clever war-spoof, weak ending.
13 May 2005 | by (Tasmania) – See all my reviews

In this clever wartime spoof, a mosquito attack on a human's butt is portrayed as an elaborate aerial military exercise. We are taken through preparations for the assault, from basic training, reconnaissance, and so forth. Mosquitos dodge obstacle courses of mechanical fly-swatters and so on. Eventually the assault is launched. Though the most obvious conclusion is that it's inspired by the D-Day landings (a phrase something like that is used), the cartoon was completed shortly after the war, and therefore manages to avoid being a propaganda exercise. The human isn't obviously portrayed as being foreign, nor are the mosquitoes of any particular nationality. It's more just a cartoon which people could easily relate to having come through the war years. It's obviously less funny to a modern audience, though still entertaining. What spoils it for me is the almost complete lack of 'closure' in the ending. It was more like 'well the seven minutes is up. Think of a sight-gag to finish with. Anything will do.' This seems to have been pretty common in WB's of this period though.


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