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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.
While IMDb lists this as one of these Snafu films, this really a misnomer. First, it's more of a humorous film about the awful duty in the Aleutians. Second, Snafu only appears for a few seconds in the film. While it it funny and worth seeing, it's not all that great and it's quite short---less than three minutes long.
This is one of the best of the wartime 'Private Snafu' films made by Termite Terrace, usually written by Theodore Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss). Because they were intended only for soldiers, they were usually far more open and frank than movies intended for civilian showings and concerned themselves with humorously designed warnings about how to behave. In this case, the movie is about being stationed in the Aleutians and their strategic importance in the war. It's a fine, light curtain raiser. If you're looking at a deep-dish world War two movie -- or perhaps as a treat before seeing John Ford's masterpiece, SEX HYGIENE (both available on Youtube).
This is considered part of the Private Snafu series even though he only appears briefly and with no lines. It's an animated short directed by the great Chuck Jones and features Mel Blanc doing the voices of the few characters who speak, including a seal that looks and sounds like Jimmy Durante. The purpose of the short is to inform soldiers about the harsh weather and environment of the Aleutian Islands, which are a chain of islands in the North Pacific between the United States and Russia. During the war, thousands of U.S. soldiers were stationed there. It's not as funny as some of the other Snafu shorts but it has its moments. The black & white animation is very nice and the historical aspects are interesting.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
This is a short in the Private Snafu series of training film
commissioned by the US Army during World War II under a contract with
Warner Brothers studio. There will be mild spoilers ahead:
Though most of the training films in the Snafu series are intended to teach soldiers the wisdom of following proper procedures by showing what happens to Private Snafu (the worst soldier in the army) when he doesn't follow procedures, this short is different. One, it's not a training film in the typical sense. Rather, it's a humorous look at the conditions found on the Aleutian Islands, a chain of islands near Alaska which are strategically important, which the short makes clear early on. Two, Private Snafu barely appears in the short, with two brief shots of him lasting a few seconds each.
The weather there, as should be obvious given their proximity to Alaska, is cold and often unpleasantly inclement. This is told tongue in cheek and the short is funny. There's a caricature of Jimmy Durante which is particularly good.
That's pretty much the extent of this short. It's enjoyable but slight, more a curio than anything else. This short is available on various DVDs and online. It's worth watching at least once.
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