A fairy encourages Snafu to duck out of his training regime for his own reasons.

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The lazy, goldbricking Snafu is asleep, when he is suddenly awakened by the morning bugle call. He doesn't want to get up, so the "Goldbrick fairy" appears. The fairy sings to him several things to do to avoid completing any of his duties. After many successful sleazy attempts to avoid work, the fairy pulls off his disguise and reveals he is actually an enemy Japanese, who fooled him and sabotaged his army's entire defense. Written by Christopher Walker <Jgittes88@aol.com>

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Pvt. Snafu: Nuts! If I could only get out of drill.
Goldie the Goldbrick: Precisely why I am here. I am Goldie the Goldbrick. Be like me, use your head, with a heart full of gold and a backside full of lead.
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One of the better Snafu cartoons
9 September 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The only thing that didn't come off so well was the caricature of the Japanese Goldbrick, that it's stereotypical is one thing and while I'm not sure whether it can count as racist it is still not done subtly or tastefully and may offend people anyhow. The Goldbrick is still very good, and one of Snafu's better outings. Snafu is still funny and endearing, even when he is the world's worst soldier you can still identify with him. Mel Blanc's voices are still terrific and done with such energy that few voice actors have matched. The animation is beautifully shaded and fluid, while the music is as characterful as you'd expect. And what an irresistibly catchy song. The writing is funny and witty, agreed very Dr. Seuss-like in its rhymes and droll poetry, while the gags are clever and the least they get in effectiveness is amusing. There are also a few elements that may seem tame now but were actually very daring for the time, they are still very interesting and fun to see. There have been some Snafu outings like The Home Front that was a little too heavy on that but here in The Goldbrick it's pitched just right. The second half is more grim in tone but directs its message(a good one too) and to me in a way that wasn't that preachy. All in all, very good and one of Snafu's better outings. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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