The Infantry Blues (1943)
Article 5883 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Chuck Jones
Featuring the voice of Mel Blanc
What it is: Private Snafu cartoon
Private Snafu tires of the life of drudgery as a common infantryman and wishes he was in one of the more glamorous military professions. However, Technical Fairy First Class is there to magically give him the experience in those professions…
The lesson here is simple; in the military, everyone has it tough, so be happy with what and where you are. Still, privately, I have to admit that the dangers and dreariness of the infantryman looks pretty realistic here, whereas the dangers of the other professions seem fairly contrived (at least, within the bounds of this cartoon). I’m pretty sure the soldiers who saw this one weren’t entirely convinced by it, but at least they got to see a cartoon about it. Once again, a Private Snafu gets covered merely due to the existence of a single mystical character – Technical Fairy First Class.