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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Another great Snafu Cartoon

Author: emasterslake from United States
29 August 2005

This one is has to do with War Weapons for the US.

Snafu is all singing and saying with all these good weapons to use he'll be a hero by defeating any German soldier who comes near him.

And with out notice one German soldier comes near him but Snafu uses one of his weapons to surprise him.

This one has singing in it through out the whole short.

Has plenty of gags.

Good stuff and Humor.

Just as good as the "spies" short. Those who like Snafu will like this one.

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Another clever Snafu cartoon

7/10
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
14 May 2009

The Private Snafu films were clearly made to be seen by soldiers and not by the general public. The dirty jokes, sexual innuendos and language is relatively tame today but never would have been allowed in the regular theaters due to the Production Code. But, such off-color remarks went over very well with the enlisted men and helped to illustrate important information in a humorous and memorable fashion.

Here, Snafu is illustrating through his own ineptitude that it is important for a soldier to keep his weapons in good condition. Snafu, as usual, is an idiot and when a lone German soldier attacks, his weapons are in such lousy condition that the last laugh is on a naked and stupid Snafu by the end of the film. Clever, a bit risqué and very watchable.

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

"Stick 'em up, or I'll blow your brains out!"

8/10
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom
29 December 2014

There is always something to enjoy in the Private Snafu cartoons and Fighting Tools is one of the most enjoyable ones. It's not as great as Spies, Booby Traps and The Goldbrick but, other than feeling a little too short and having an ending that can be smelt a mile off, it's very good. The animation never tries to do anything too complicated yet there is enough detail, nice use of black and white colours and smooth drawings to ensure that it doesn't look simplistic. There's plenty of music and singing in Fighting Tools and the good news is that not only is it energetically sung, lively in rhythm beautifully orchestrated but it is also memorable. Fighting Tools is very clever and funny, both Snafu and the Nazi soldier have fun material, and there's even a daring, risqué element to the cartoon that made the series interesting in the first place. The gags are just as funny, especially Snafu mistaking the Nazi soldier's bottom for his head while the cartoon never comes across as heavy-handed and doesn't try to make fun of a serious situation(none of the Snafu cartoons did). Snafu as ever is endearing, he is incredibly inept- the running joke of the series is that he is the worst soldier in the army- but means well, while the Nazi soldier manages not to be too much of a crude stereotype. Mel Blanc does a terrific job with the voice acting, which didn't come as a surprise as Blanc is one of the best voice actors of all time who rarely put a foot wrong. Overall, very enjoyable stuff if not the Snafu series at its best. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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This American taxpayer-funded "propaganda piece" . . .

7/10
Author: Edgar Allan Pooh from The Gutters of Baltimore
30 November 2016

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. . . seems to emanate from the brain of Hitler's Videographer, Leni Riefenstahl. FIGHTING TOOLS depicts a typical Nazi Commando as being a great singer with a grenade-throwing arm even Cleveland Indians Fireballer Bob Feller would envy. FIGHTING TOOLS grants that the Germans' unquestioning adherence to Fascist Discipline about even the tiniest details concerning weapons care has given America's Axis Enemy perhaps an insurmountable Headstart toward an ultimate triumph in World War Two. FIGHTING TOOLS also suggests that American grunts on the ground are likely to be captured, and confined naked in prison camps until America's surrender. (When you binge-watch HOGAN'S HEROES on Hulu, don't forget that American television censorship standards in the 1960s did not allow for a show to picture 50 guys in the buff, no matter how historically accurate; NAKED AND AFRAID's Pixilation Technology did not exist back then, either.) With Pvt. Snafu's FIGHTING TOOLS either full of muck, Unhosed, or rusty from lack of use, perhaps it's for the best that he's not shown Full Frontal here.

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This one's on guns

4/10
Author: Thomas (filmreviews@web.de) from Berlin, Germany
14 March 2016

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"Fighting Tools" is, as you probably already guessed from the title, a Snafu cartoon that focuses on firearms. Sadly, Snafu is not the world's greatest hero, but world's greatest zero. I really liked Mel Blanc's voice work for this one, so it sucks that the story here is not so good. Certainly one of the weaker Snafu cartoons, even with an experienced filmmaker like Bob Clampett in charge again. The plot is really forgettable and not very entertaining at all this time. Guess there is a reason why this one has so few votes here on IMDb. It is not known and it is not good. I do not recommend the watch. Go for another one instead.

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"My wonderful guns will moider dem bums & I'll bury them in the latrine-o!"

7/10
Author: utgard14 from USA
25 September 2015

Another fun Private Snafu short made for use by the U.S. Army during World War II. One of the purposes of these shorts was to instruct soldiers on the dos & don'ts of various subjects. The hope was that by using comedy it would help the men better understand what they were being told, as many of them were not well-educated. The subject of this short is proper vehicle and weapon maintenance. Snafu spots a Nazi but can't shoot him as his gun is full of sand. Repeatedly Snafu gets the drop on the Nazi but his weapons and jeep malfunction due to the fact that lazy Snafu didn't take care of them properly. It's a fun cartoon, directed by Bob Clampett, that uses the word 'damn' a lot. They got away with this at the time because the shorts did not have to pass the Production Code since they weren't meant for public viewing. Nice black & white animation. Wonderful voice work from Mel Blanc. Keep your eyes peeled for a duck that looks quite a bit like Daffy.

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"Take care of your weapon and your weapon will take care of you".

8/10
Author: Robert Reynolds (minniemato@hotmail.com) from Tucson AZ
23 December 2014

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Warner Brothers studio's animation department produced a series of training films on a contract for the US Army, focusing on Private Snafu. There will be spoilers ahead:

This short uses song and humor to teach soldiers the importance of maintaining their equipment in good condition. Snafu is the worst soldier in the Army. He encounters a German soldier and his repeated attempts to capture the German collapse when the enemy discovers that Snafu has allowed the condition of his weapons and equipment to degrade to the point that it no longer functions properly.

His rifle is full of mud, his machine gun fails because it's not properly cooled, his artillery piece is likewise filthy (there's a particularly fun bit here which ends with a Katharine Hepburn impersonation) and finally the battery is dead in the jeep. There's a nice bit where Snafu gives a minor impression of Stan Laurel as he's awaiting his fate.

The ending is obvious. Snafu, not the German, winds up captured and the blame is on Snafu for neglected proper care for his equipment to keep it in working order. The Snafu shorts are available on various DVDs and online and are worth looking for. Recommended.

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Fun Snafu Entry

Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY
7 September 2015

Fighting Tools (1943)

*** (out of 4)

Fun entry in the War Department series has Private Snafu reading a headline explaining that U.S. soldiers have the best equipment in the world....as long as you actually take care of it. We see Snafu in the war zone when he comes up on a German solder who he goes to shoot before realizing that his poor care for his rifle has led to a problem. As with earlier films in the series, this one here certainly isn't a masterpiece but it's highly entertaining for a number of reasons. For starters, the animation is extremely good and especially some of the stuff with Snafu getting ready to shoot the German soldier. Another major plus is some "adult" type of humor including some nudity, which shows that this was meant for soldiers and not the general public. Finally, Mel Blanc is just delightful in his vocal work. This here is certainly one of the better entries in the series.

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