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A.W.O.L. (1918)

The animated story of the adventures of a soldier who is Absent WithOut Leave.


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As the title sequence makes clear, going AWOL is All Wrong, Old Laddiebuck. The 1918 Armistice has ended the Great War, and one American soldier is especially anxious to be discharged. This leaves him vulnerable to a woman - named Miss AWOL - who drives into his camp in a car marked "Joy." Miss AWOL beckons the soldier to join her for a ride, and he does. She hits every possible rock during their ride then barely avoids toppling over a cliff. A policeman on a motorcycle spots them and takes chase. Soon the soldier is in court, and one Judge Gloom fines him twenty-five dollars. Outside the courthouse, Miss AWOL beckons him to go for another ride. This ride is wilder than ever: she flips the car into the air, drives up a tree, hits farm animals (including a cow whose wingéd ghost departs its body), smashes into a haystack (from which dozens of people, for some reason, fly out) and tears a barn from its foundation. Finally, they hit a tree, thus ending the thrill-ride. Immediately, Miss ... Written by sspurli

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Short | Animation | Comedy | War





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A.W.O.L.: Reminiscent of Days 'OverThere'  »

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Funny WW1 Short
17 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

A.W.O.L. (1918)

*** (out of 4)

This Charles Bowers animated short is a pretty funny one. It's the end of the World War and it's taking Uncle Sam a while to bring all of our soldiers back home. One soldiers grow impatient so he decides to leave camp with a woman, which renders him AWOL and soon all sorts of bad things happen. The animation here is about as simple as you can get but there's no question that it's extremely well-drawn and it certainly brings the characters to life. The lead soldier is somewhat of a major idiot and this gets plenty of laughs as he constantly gets himself into bigger trouble by simply not being patient. Fans of this era of animation should really enjoy this and those new to this era will find it a good place to start.

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