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Fighting Tools (1943)

Pvt. Snafu suffers the consequences of not keeping his equipment and weapons properly maintained.

Director:

Robert Clampett (uncredited)

Star:

Mel Blanc
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Private Snafu / German Soldier / Mouse / Duck (voice) (uncredited)
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Pvt. Snafu suffers the consequences of not keeping his equipment and weapons properly maintained.

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Animation | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1943 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The "Daily Sentinel" newspaper with the headline "Battle Reports Prove U.S. Soldier Best Armed in World" is an altered version of the Chicago Sunday Tribune for November 1, 1942. The same issue of that newspaper was used as a model for the newspaper in Tortoise Wins by a Hare (1943), with both cartoons inserting a small subheadline reading "Adolph Hitler Commits Suicide." See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Pvt. Snafu: Oh, I'll be the war's greatest hero / With these guns I have nothing to fear-o / My guns are the best / They can pass any test / Oh, I'll be the war's greatest hero.
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Connections

Followed by The Chow Hound (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

The Stars and Stripes Forever
Music by John Philip Sousa
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"My wonderful guns will moider dem bums & I'll bury them in the latrine-o!"
25 September 2015 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Another fun Private Snafu short made for use by the U.S. Army during World War II. One of the purposes of these shorts was to instruct soldiers on the dos & don'ts of various subjects. The hope was that by using comedy it would help the men better understand what they were being told, as many of them were not well-educated. The subject of this short is proper vehicle and weapon maintenance. Snafu spots a Nazi but can't shoot him as his gun is full of sand. Repeatedly Snafu gets the drop on the Nazi but his weapons and jeep malfunction due to the fact that lazy Snafu didn't take care of them properly. It's a fun cartoon, directed by Bob Clampett, that uses the word 'damn' a lot. They got away with this at the time because the shorts did not have to pass the Production Code since they weren't meant for public viewing. Nice black & white animation. Wonderful voice work from Mel Blanc. Keep your eyes peeled for a duck that looks quite a bit like Daffy.


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