Censored (1944)

Censored (1944)
Article 5764 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 5-8-2020
Directed by Frank Tashlin
Featuring the voices of Bea Benaderet, Mel Blanc, Sara Berner
Country: USA
What it is: Private Snafu cartoon

Private Snafu keeps trying to get letters through to his girlfriend, but the censors keep cutting them to ribbons. However, he does get one through…

I’m pretty sure I’ve covered at least one of the Private Snafu cartoons already, but if not, they were a series of cartoons made for our troops during WWII to raise awareness of their responsibilities as men of the armed services. Many of these were made by members of the Warner Brothers animation team, and some were even co-written by Dr. Seuss. Though the series had no anthropomorphic animals and much of the content can be filed under the heading of comic exaggeration, it does have one nod to the fantastic, and that is the existence of a character known as Technical Fairy – First Class who periodically appears to come to the aid of Private Snafu. He’s in this one, and he illustrates to Snafu the danger of passing classified information in his private communications. Overall, though, these cartoons play out like typical Warner Brothers cartoons, though they are a bit on the racy side. This one is an okay example of the series.

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