Private SNAFU

It Makes You Wonder If This Type Of Film Would Fly Today

Private Snafu was a cartoon character produced by most of the biggest Hollywood production studios including Warner Bros. Cartoons, MGM and Walt Disney Productions. They were meant to beinstructional in nature, training new soldiers in areas like sanitation habits, security, equipment and other military subjects. Humorous in nature, they were meant to also raise troop morale, because as you can imagine, tensions were high before deployment.

The voice of Private Snafu was performed by Mel Blanc, which as you might have picked up on, was also the voice of Bugs Bunny.

Directed by Frank Capra and written by Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel, Philip D. Eastman and Munro Leaf, this cartoon depicted Private Snafu doing everything wrong to illustrate what the consequences were. Another purpose was to break through to the many enlisted men with poor literacy skills, as the series used simple language with funny anecdotes in order to relate to them. An interesting note is the Private Snafu cartoon was actually a military secret, and people working on them were required to adhere to security measures at the cost of their freedom if they broke protocol.

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