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.
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' and 'Operation Snafu', prior to watching this, are still very much watchable. Even when inept, Snafu is still very much endearing and fun for a vast majority of his cartoons.
After great Private Snafu cartoons like 'Spies', 'The Goldbrick', 'Infantry Blues', 'Booby Traps' and 'Private Snafu vs. Malaria Mike', it was sad to see 'A Few Quick Facts: Inflation' say and do very little with an important subject and not even do a good job entertaining or teaching.
There are a few good things, but only a few. The animation is great, with fluid character designs, detailed and not sparse backgrounds and lively colours/shadings. Mel Blanc's voice work is as lively as ever, then again Blanc was one of the greatest voice actors who ever lived who was rarely bad and it took a lot for him to be so. The music score is also suitably peppy.
Snafu himself has been much funnier before and he has also been much more endearing, here he is just "there" which for Snafu is bland. 'A Few Quick Facts: Inflation' is thin in content and none of it is funny or even particularly interesting, with an important subject treated indifferently and stupidly. It also has little to say that one doesn't know already and feels heavy-handed and tame.
All in all, a rare misfire in the Private Snafu series. 3/10 Bethany Cox
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