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March 1944 (USA) See more »
Snafu learns hard way the consequences of not protecting himself from malaria infection. | Add synopsis »
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  (in alphabetical order)

Mel Blanc ... Pvt. Snafu / Malaria Mike / Tree (voice) (uncredited)
Billy Bletcher ... Malaria Mike (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Chuck Jones (uncredited)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dr. Seuss  uncredited

Produced by
Leon Schlesinger .... producer (uncredited)
Dr. Seuss .... supervising producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Carl W. Stalling (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Treg Brown (uncredited)
Sound Department
Treg Brown .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Animation Department
Robert Cannon .... animator (uncredited)
Ken Harris .... animator (uncredited)
Phil Monroe .... animator (uncredited)
Maurice Noble .... layout artist (uncredited)
Ben Washam .... animator (uncredited)
Music Department
Milt Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Carl W. Stalling .... musical director (uncredited)

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3 min
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[first lines]
[Malaria Mike the mosquito admires his wanted poster]
Malaria Mike:Not bad, but it doesn't do justice to me nose.
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"Now for the soft underbelly of Snafu...", 2 September 2015
Author: utgard14 from USA

Another in the series of black & white cartoon shorts made for the U.S Army during World War II about moronic Private Snafu, a soldier who never does what he's supposed to and suffers the consequences. This one is about educating soldiers on malaria and how best to protect themselves from it. An evil mosquito named Malaria Mike gets a sight of Snafu washing his bare butt in the swamp and decides he likes what he sees. In an amusing gag, he pulls out a chart that shows the different places on a soldier's body that are "choice cuts." The rest of the cartoon is the mosquito trying to attack Snafu, who manages to avoid being bitten...for a little while. This time around it's Snafu's failure to properly protect himself that leads to his inevitable demise. In that sense, it's different from many of the other shorts where he caused problems through action not inaction. It's also different in that the star of the short is really the mosquito. It's directed by Chuck Jones with Billy Bletcher providing the voice of Malaria Mike and Mel Blanc as Snafu. There are a lot of shots of Snafu's naked rear, which is sort of risqué for the time. The animation is good, despite the lack of color. It's a funny cartoon but not my favorite of the Snafu shorts I've seen.

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