Pvt. Snafu becomes a superhero, only for him to become the world's dumbest one because he won't study his field manuals.

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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.

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Censored (1944)
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 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
The Goldbrick (1943)
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

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

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

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

Director: Friz Freleng
Stars: Mel Blanc
Rumors (1943)
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 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
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A homesick Pvt. Snafu learns that his family are almost as commited to the war efforts as himself.

Director: Frank Tashlin
Stars: Mel Blanc
Booby Traps (1944)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 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
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Introducing Private Snafu, the nation's worst soldier and his various versions in different branches of the armed forces.

Director: Chuck Jones
Stars: Mel Blanc, Frank Graham
Going Home (1944)
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    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
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    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.

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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

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

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Snafu learns of the folly of hoarding and wasting military food supplies.

Director: Frank Tashlin
Stars: Mel Blanc, Frank Graham
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Pvt. Snafu / Narrator / Soldier, Technical Ferry - First Class (voice) (uncredited)
Tedd Pierce ...
Soldier Studying Enemy Identification Chart (voice) (uncredited)
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Pvt. Snafu becomes a superhero, only for him to become the world's dumbest one because he won't study his field manuals.

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When Snafuperman lands in the hospital, the music is the theme from "Blues in the Night", by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer, written for the 1941 film of the same name and it received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song as well. See more »

Goofs

When Snafuperman first takes off with the bomb in his shorts, the bomb and his lower body go missing from the animation for a couple of frames. See more »

Quotes

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[Pvt. Snafu plays his radio loudly in a cramped army barracks]
Soldier Studying Enemy Identification Chart: Pipe down! I'm trying to do some brain work.
Soldier Reading Field Manual: How the hell do you expect a guy to study with all that racket going on?
Pvt. Snafu: Study? Nuts! When I get at them Nazis, I ain't gonna clunk them over the head with no books. What you'll give them dopes is a belly full of lead!
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Followed by Going Home (1944) See more »

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The Little Brown Jug
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Music by Joseph Winner
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"This looks like a job for Snafuperman!"
2 September 2015 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Arguably the most famous Private Snafu short, due to it being a parody of Superman. For those who don't know, Snafu was a moronic soldier character that appeared in many black & white instructional shorts made for use by the military. The idea was to teach soldiers how to properly follow safety procedures and the like by showing them what would happen if they didn't. Snafu was a putz who rarely did what he was told, insisting he knew better. This time Snafu dismisses studying his field manual, claiming he isn't going to beat the Nazis with books but rather a "bellyful of lead." This causes a very funny 'fairy godmother' type of character to show up and give Snafu the powers of Superman in order to fight the Nazis. Despite his newfound powers, Snafu is still a screw-up who almost bombs the Capitol building! This one was directed by Friz Freleng with the great Mel Blanc providing Snafu's voice. It's not quite as racy as some of the other Snafu cartoons but it is amusing and the animation is nice. If you're a Superman fan, this probably has an added bit of appeal for you. Not the best Snafu but enjoyable.


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