The Good Egg (1945)
Article 5847 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Chuck Jones
Featuring the voices of Arthur Lake and Mel Blanc
What it is: Government film for the navy
Seaman Hook is taught the value of War Bonds.
By now most Warner Brothers fans are aware of the Private Snafu shorts made for the military during WWII. Apparently, there was an even more obscure series around a character called Seaman Hook for the navy, though it appears that other studios also worked on this series. Hook is a fairly passive character here; he’s largely there to be talked at by his good and bad sides i.e. a tiny devil and a tiny angel version of himself. Most of the humor comes from the fight between the two mystical characters, but naturally the angel wins so he can tell Hook about the way War Bonds will benefit him. It’s a minor cartoon and pretty forgettable, but since this is the first time I’ve even heard of this character, I’m glad I saw it.