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.
All of the Private Snafu cartoons are interesting watches, and most of them are fun too. Target Snafu is not one of the best of the Private Snafu cartoons(Spies and Booby Traps are my favourite) but anybody who's already familiar with the cartoons and likes them should be able to enjoy this one. What wasn't quite so good in Target Snafu here is that there is a real sense that you've seen it all before. Not the concept, despite the whole series following the formula of Snafu being the most inept soldier in the army and the jokes revolving around his many mistakes it was always well incorporated and the series generally does a great job making the humour feel varied and fresh. It was more to do with some of it having some similarities to Malaria Mike from the previous year, so it didn't feel as fresh or as imaginative. Snafu is still very funny and endearing but considering that he makes a late appearance he felt underused and the cartoon could have set up the story quicker than it did. Target Snafu is very well animated though, movements flow smoothly and the black and white is crisp in alternative to primitive. It's not the best animation in the entire world, but at least it looks good and at least it holds up. Carl Stalling rarely disappoints as a composer, and his music for Target Snafu doesn't either, so rhythmically energetic the orchestration that it rouses the spirits right from the start and doesn't stop, the orchestration too as typical of Stalling is beautifully done and clever. While Target Snafu may be unexceptional story-wise it's anything but in the humour department. There are much more daring Private Snafu cartoons about but the cartoon hardly feels too safe either. The gags are continually funny and not rushed or drawn out but even funnier is the deliciously witty narration, brilliantly delivered by Robert C. Bruce. Again Snafu is endearing and the mosquitoes are well-done adversaries. Mel Blanc was remarkably consistent as a voice actor but his peerless ability to give so much personality(ies) to multiple characters in every cartoon shines in another set of stellar vocal characterisations. Overall, while there are better in the series Target Snafu is still more than worthwhile. 7/10 Bethany Cox
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