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YMMV / Private Snafu

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  • Better on DVD: The Thunderbean Private SNAFU DVD set features every cartoon in the series, meticulously restored to Looney Tunes Golden Collection levels. No less a cartoon buff than Leonard Maltin has exalted it.
  • Bizarro Episode: The last two shorts, coming right at the tail end of the war (and presumably with all the important training subjects having already been addressed), became more or less military-themed Looney Tunes installments: one with Snafu and a Japanese officer fighting over a small island, and the other one placing Snafu on an uncharacteristic commando mission into the heart of Tokyo.
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  • Ear Worm: You will get the "Gold Brick" song stuck in your head.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In "Fighting Tools", the first shot of the cartoon is of a newspaper. The viewer is supposed to focus on the picture headline of a Garand rifle and the exclamation that US Soldiers were the best equipped — so long as they kept their weapons in good working order. However, in the lower right-hand corner of the paper, buried amid real headlines, is a small headline that reads "Adolph Hitler Commits Suicide." The cartoon came out in 1943, and that wouldn't happen until 1945.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The climax of "Rumors".
    "It's all over. We lost the war."
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Since a lot of the things Snafu does are life-or-death situations soldiers would really encounter in battle, they can't stress the morals enough. This is often delivered as "You'd better do X (Keep your equipment maintained and ready, stay alert, respect discipline, etc.) because the enemy is definitely doing X."
  • Values Dissonance: These being WWII-era cartoons meant specifically for strapping young male soldiers, political incorrectness runs rampant, mostly with caricatures of the Japanese.
    • That being said, many of the cartoons portray the Germans and Japanese more as worthy opponents than the bumbling buffoons they were depicted as in civilian propaganda. For example, in Fighting Tools a German soldier openly mocks Snafu's poor care of his weapons and winds up the victor since his equipment works. Because Private Snafu was aimed at a military audience, this was intended to hammer home to U.S. soldiers that the enemy was a real, very credible threat and not to be taken lightly or underestimated.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: While the Looney Tunes shorts get a pass on this for being rerun on Saturday mornings, these cartoons were never even intended for the public, let alone children.

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