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Gripes (1943)

 |  Animation, Short  |  July 1943 (USA)
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Private Snafu learns the hard way about the need for military dicipline and procedures to maintain an effective army.

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Private Snafu learns the hard way about the need for military dicipline and procedures to maintain an effective army.

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A Message About Complaints & Discipline
12 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The message here to soldiers is that griping about their predicament all the time is not a productive way to spend their years in service in World War II. "Pvt. Snafu" is seen early on complaining about having KP and wondering why he's not out there killing Germans and Japanese like other guys.

When he's lying in his bunk later still griping about how he would runs things differently if he were in charge, a "Technical Fairy, First Class" materializes out of nowhere (a pretty funny looking guy, by the way!) and instantly makes him a bigwig with tons of stripes on his uniform.

The other main message of this cartoon - that discipline is essential - is then shown thrown through Snafu's ultra-liberal techniques in which the men under him can relax, have fun and not worry about doing anything they don't like.....which is shown NOT to be the way to the run the Army.

Notes: I think this was the second "Pvt. Snafu" animated short, the first being an introduction of him. It is four minutes long, not three as listed here.


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