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The Draft Horse (1942)

A farm horse tries to enlist in the army, but despite his virtuoso display of wartime histrionics, he's rejected when he flunks the physical. Dejected, he wanders into a mock battlefield, which tells him what war is really like.

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The Draft Horse / Recruiting Sergeant / Private Snafu (voice) (uncredited)
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A farm horse tries to enlist in the army, but despite his virtuoso display of wartime histrionics, he's rejected when he flunks the physical. Dejected, he wanders into a mock battlefield, which tells him what war is really like.

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This cartoon has been credited as being the inspiration for Chuck Jones' rakish style of humor. Prior to this, he had been making cartoons in the Walt Disney style that were softer, with more gentle overtones such as Sniffles the Mouse. With this cartoon he realized that he had a gift for slapstick comedy. See more »


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Battle Music No. 9
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Music by J.S. Zamecnik
Played when the horse play-acts battle scenes in the recruiting office
Played again when the horse play-acts battle scenes a second time
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even if you have to learn about war this way, it's still a great way
6 August 2007 | by See all my reviews

In what must have been one of the first WWII-themed cartoons from Warner Bros., a horse learns that the army is recruiting and decides to join. The only thing is, this particular horse acts more patriotic than any human could dream of being, to the point where he acts like he's on steroids or something! Once our equine friend enters, he misinterprets the order to strip. His reaction to "Say 'ah'" is the coolest that I've ever seen. Even after he gets rejected, more surprises lie in wait.

I'll say that even though I'm a pacifist, I've always liked the Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies WWII-themed cartoons (especially if they have Bugs Bunny or Daffy Duck clobbering witless Nazis). "The Draft Horse" is certainly a funny one.


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