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.
The value of accurate regular reports with Private Snafu
Many of the Private Snafu cartoons are very enjoyable, being very well-made, entertaining and educational with good morals and interesting historical and instructional material. Even lesser ones like 'It's Murder She Says' is still very much watchable. Even when inept, Snafu is still very much endearing and fun for a vast majority of his cartoons, excepting 'The Chow Hound' and his too short appearance in 'In the Aleutians'.
'Outpost' is another good Private Snafu cartoon, but is not one of the best. Those that are among the best, like 'Spies', 'The Goldbrick', 'Infantry Blues', 'Booby Traps' and 'Private Snafu vs. Malaria Mike' were wilder, funnier and more creative.
It is certainly very amusing and has a lot of important things to say about the significance of regular reports being accurate, all in a way without being patronising or preachy. Just that compared to other Private Snafu cartoons it's pretty tame and unoriginal, and anybody who has seen a Snafu cartoon before will not be surprised at how the story unfolds, not much variation from the norm here.
On the other hand, 'Outpost' is very well-animated though with fluid character designs, detailed and not sparse backgrounds and lively colours/shadings. Carl Stalling always did write outstanding music for the many cartoons he scored for and that is true for 'Outpost', the orchestration is very lush and the pacing is characteristically lively.
Snafu is endearing and amusing, even when so hopelessly inept and the narration entertains, resonates and teaches and doesn't fall into the trap of over-explaining or being over-used. The voice work from Mel Blanc and Robert C. Bruce is great.
In summary, a good but not great Private Snafu cartoon. 7/10 Bethany Cox
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