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Private Snafu


Q: What do you get when legendary American director Frank Capra, beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss and the Looney Toons brain trust combine forces to produce an animated series in a time of war?

A: Sexually charged, blatantly racist, often misogynistic military propaganda combined with oddly charming Greatest Generation nostalgia.  About what you’d expect, right? 

Meet Private Snafu

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ADULT ANIMATED CARTOONS
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(Your Racist Grandfather's Favorite Cartoon Character)

A Hitch in Time

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Coming!! Snafu

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Why haven’t you heard of Snafu (Situation Normal All Fucked Up)? For starters, he was classified as a state secret for years after his creation. He’s also the rare cartoon character of the Golden Age created for adults, specifically World War II-era army recruits who may not have met the standards of basic literacy for military manuals.

Infantry Blues

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The Home Front

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So who is Snafu? He’s a lazy, horny, clueless Army recruit whose selfish incompetence gets him killed at least a dozen times courtesy of sinister Japanese soldiers, German mega-bombs and malarial mosquitoes. He’s also friends with Bugs Bunny and has the voice of Porky Pig thanks to “man with a thousand voices” actor Mel Blanc.

Booby Traps

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Snafuperman - features Porky Pig

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Snafu has a brother named Tarfu in the Navy; another brother named Fubar who trains army dogs; and a sexy girlfriend named Sally Lou who reads his letters in lingerie when she’s not doing her service for the Women’s Army Corps (WAC). He even has a guardian angel in the form of Technical Fairy, a shirtless, cigar smoking pixie with sergeant’s bars who grants Snafu’s ill-informed wishes. Is Sergeant Fairy a little homoerotic? In one episode, he creeps out with some topless mermaids. In another, he kisses Snafu on the mouth. Sexuality is fluid. 

A Lecture on Camouflage

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Three Brothers

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If we move past the outdated social views, there are even glimpses of all the creative influences. The slapstick cartoon humor and sight gags of Chuck Jones and Friz Freeling, Seussian rhyme schemes, and Frank Capra’s Americana fuse together in a raw, unfiltered way. Because this was serious business and these weren’t for public consumption, the usual standards of censorship didn’t apply.

Gas - guest appearance by Bugs Bunny

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Spies

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In this selected series, we’ve tried to present the best, and some of the not so good with context, of Snafu and friends.  


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