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Private Snafu Presents Seaman Tarfu in the Navy (1946)

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Seaman Tarfu / Dispatcher / Dog / Sailors / Lady / Japanese Soldier / Pvt. Snafu (voice) (uncredited)
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This was to have been the first of a series of instructional short cartoons for the US Navy after the success of similar military cartoons featuring the character "Private Snafu", but the end of WW2 (and the Allied victory) brought the production of these films to an abrupt end. See more »

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Follows Operation Snafu (1945) See more »

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Anchors Aweigh
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Music by Charles A. Zimmerman
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Introducing Seaman Tarfu
10 March 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The final cartoon in the Private Snafu series, 'Private Snafu Presents Seaman Tarfu in the Navy' actually doesn't have Snafu in it and instead introduces Seaman Tarfu with the intention to be the debuting cartoon of a series of cartoons of Tarfu that never materialised.

'Private Snafu Presents Seaman Tarfu in the Navy' is a decent cartoon but also isn't all that great. There is certainly a good deal to like. The animation is very good with fluid character designs, detailed and not sparse backgrounds and lively colours/shadings. Scott Bradley, instead of Carl Stalling, does a great job with the music, throughout there is a orchestrally lush and lively in pace quality.

Seaman Tarfu is amusing and likable and the narration entertains and teaches without explaining too much and serves a point. Mel Blanc and Robert C. Bruce voice work is rock solid, and the instructional aspect of the cartoon admirable.

On the other hand, the best content is only mildly amusing and there is not much that is laugh out loud funny let alone hilarious, the most prominent emotion being cute. There is not much daring or edgy here, instead 'Private Snafu Presents Seaman Tarfu in the Navy' is rather tame, and the story doesn't feel enough to fill such a short running time.

All in all, decent but not great. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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