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Hot Spot (1945)
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

As the Devil watches Pvt. Snafu and his unit stationed in Iran, he talks about the hazards of working in the heat.

Director: Friz Freleng
Stars: Mel Blanc, Harold Peary
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Dissatisfied with being assigned to shoe consignment detail, Snafu learns about the true value of his responsibilities

Director: Friz Freleng
Stars: Mel Blanc
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Snafu learns hard way the consequences of not protecting himself from malaria infection.

Director: Chuck Jones
Stars: Mel Blanc, Billy Bletcher
Spies (1943)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Private Snafu has a secret: his ship leaves for Africa at 4:30. He's determined to keep it, but bit by bit it slips out, and eventually, the details end up right on Hitler's desk and the ship is engaged.

Director: Chuck Jones
Stars: Mel Blanc
The Goldbrick (1943)
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

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

Director: Frank Tashlin
Stars: Mel Blanc
Rumors (1943)
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Snafu inadvertantly starts a panic on his base when he begins a mistaken rumour that the base is about to be bombed.

Director: Friz Freleng
Stars: Mel Blanc, Frank Graham, Michael Maltese
Going Home (1944)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Pvt. Snafu's unit suffers the consequences of blabbing military secrets while on leave at home.

Director: Chuck Jones
Stars: Mel Blanc, Frank Graham
Booby Traps (1944)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Pvt. Snafu thinks he's too smart to get caught by an enemy booby trap, but he soon finds that the traps are alluring and that he is every bit the booby.

Director: Robert Clampett
Stars: Mel Blanc, Robert C. Bruce
Pay Day (1944)
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Technical Fairy First Class shows Snafu the consequences of frittering away his pay.

Director: Friz Freleng
Stars: Mel Blanc
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

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

Director: Chuck Jones
Stars: Mel Blanc, Robert C. Bruce
Censored (1944)
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

When Snafu gets his wish to have his personal mail uncensored by the military, he inadvertently reveals military secrets that lead to disaster.

Director: Frank Tashlin
Stars: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet, Sara Berner
Gas (1944)
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Snafu learns the need of keeping his gas mask at hand when he is attacked by anthropomorphic gas cloud.

Director: Chuck Jones
Stars: Mel Blanc, Billy Bletcher
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Only just slightly above average
12 March 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Any Private Snafu cartoon is watchable at least and Snafu for all his idiocy is still an endearing character. While it is nowhere near among the best of the series like Spies, Booby Traps and The Goldbrick(for me it's actually one of the weakest), Operation Snafu is worth a look.

The black and white animation is beautifully done, all the drawing is crisp and smooth and the black and white colours is attractive. You can always rely on Carl Stalling to write great music, and the music certainly is here, rhythmically it's very lively, the orchestration is lushly vibrant and it adds hugely to the action, it's in a way the heart and soul of the cartoon and the component that gives it its energy. The humour is mostly amusing(the geisha gag being the highlight), though it is never hilarious, and delivered in a lively fashion, the cartoon moves very quickly so it always feels energetic at least and while the Japanese character is a little stereotypical and makes you more crack a smile at most rather than laugh out loud Snafu is endearing and provides plenty of entertainment.

Operation Snafu takes a bit of time to get going, the action only properly takes off when Snafu appears on the scene and that's a little less than halfway through. There are also much funnier and more daring Private Snafu cartoons, the cartoon is rather atypical for Private Snafu, not saying or teaching an awful lot that feels fresh, and does veer on propaganda in places. The main running gag mostly entertains but a little over-utilised and some instances are more interesting than others. Mel Blanc is also rather wasted, he was a brilliant voice actor who elevated almost every cartoon he contributed to to a higher level but here he only has one line and it's neither funny or memorable. All in all, watchable but only just slightly above average. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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