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A Lecture on Camouflage (1944)

Using Snafu as an example, Techanical Fairy First Class teaches the methods of effective camouflage.

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Using Snafu as an example, Techanical Fairy First Class teaches the methods of effective camouflage.

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Army-Navy Screen Magazine #25. See more »

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Followed by Going Home (1944) See more »

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Lessons in effective camouflaging with Private Snafu
4 March 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Many of the Private Snafu cartoons are very enjoyable, being very well-made, entertaining and educational with good morals and interesting historical and instructional material. Even when inept, Snafu is still very much endearing and fun for a vast majority of his cartoons.

To me 'A Lecture on Camouflage' is up there as one of the better Private Snafu cartoons. A great concept, executed in a way that's very funny often (especially in Snafu's complete and utter failure at doing what he's been taught) and also pretty educational. While the ending is shocking and ahead of its time, there is nothing here that's questionable, unintentionally creepy or disturbing.

Actually, my only problem with 'A Lecture on Camouflage' is that part of me wanted it to be longer.

On the other hand, 'A Lecture on Camouflage' is very well-animated though with fluid character designs, detailed and not sparse backgrounds and lively colours/shadings. Carl Stalling always did write outstanding music for the many cartoons he scored for and that is true for 'In the Aleutians', the orchestration is very lush and the pacing is characteristically lively.

Snafu is endearing and amusing, even when so hopelessly inept and Technical Fairy First Class is a great teacher and contrast. The voice work is great, as one would expect from the immortal Mel Blanc.

In conclusion, great cartoon and one of Snafu's better ones. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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