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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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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Trivia

When Snafu is transformed into Snafuperman, the theme to the Fleischer Studios' Superman series is heard. 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

[first lines]
[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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Connections

Followed by Target Snafu (1944) See more »

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Rienzi Overture
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Music by Richard Wagner
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There always has to be a mess of Messerschmitts, doesn't there?
17 July 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

This time, Pvt. Snafu gets tired of reading manuals ("Don't conk the enemy over the head with a book! Pump 'im full of lead!"), and gets to be Superman. His immediate conviction of infallibility and omnipotence may be a metaphor for any superpower's wartime elephantiasis; he embodies the belligerent all-brawn-and-no-brain mentality that takes over. Certainly in "Snafuperman", Snafu learns the hard way that it pays to read the manuals. Of course, he has help from voice artist Mel Blanc and director Frank Tashlin. Worth seeing.

As for that line "Messerschmitts! A whole mess of Messerschmitts!", that line also appeared in the Daffy Duck vehicle "Daffy - The Commando", in which Daffy ribs a Nazi Kommandant.


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