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Private Snafu - Outpost (1944)

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Private Snafu is the title character of a series of black and white American instructional cartoon shorts, ironic and humorous in tone, that were produced between 1943 and 1945 during World War II.

The character was created by director Frank Capra, chairman of the U.S. Army Air Force First Motion Picture Unit, and most were written by Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel, Philip (P.D.) Eastman, and Munro Leaf. Although the United States Army gave Walt Disney the first crack at creating the cartoons, Leon Schlesinger of the Warner Bros. animation studio underbid Disney by two-thirds and won the contract. Disney had also demanded exclusive ownership of the character, and merchandising rights.

The goal was to help enlisted men with weak literacy skills learn through animated cartoons (and also supplementary comic books). They featured simple language, racy illustrations, mild profanity, and subtle moralizing. Private Snafu did everything wrong, so that his negative example taught basic lessons about secrecy, disease prevention, and proper military protocols.

Private Snafu cartoons were a military secret and for the armed forces only. Surveys to ascertain the soldiers' film favorites showed that the Snafu cartoons usually rated highest or second highest. Each cartoon was produced in six weeks.

The name "Private Snafu" comes from the unofficial military acronym SNAFU - "Situation Normal: All Fucked Up."

Private Snafu Cartoons -

Private Snafu - Coming!! Snafu (1943)

Private Snafu - Gripes (1943)

Private Snafu - Spies (1943)

Private Snafu - The Goldbrick (1943)

Private Snafu - The Infantry Blues (1943)

Private Snafu - Fighting Tools (1943)

Private Snafu - The Home Front (1943)

Private Snafu - Rumors (1943)

Private Snafu - Booby Traps (1944)

Private Snafu - Snafuperman (1944)

Private Snafu vs Malaria Mike (1944)

Private Snafu - A Lecture On Camouflage (1944)

Private Snafu - Gas (1944)

Private Snafu - Going Home (1944)

Private Snafu - The Chow Hound (1944)

Private Snafu - Censored! (1944)

Private Snafu - Outpost (1944)

Private Snafu - Payday (1944)

Private Snafu - Target Snafu (1944)

Private Snafu - Three Brothers (1944)

Private Snafu - A Few Quick Facts About Inflation (1944)

Private Snafu In The Aleutians - Isles of Enchantment (1945)

Private Snafu - It's Murder She Says (1945)

Private Snafu - Hot Spot (1945)

Private Snafu - No Buddy Atoll (1945)

Private Snafu - Operation Snafu (1945)

Private Snafu - A Few Quick Facts About Fear (1945)

Private Snafu Presents Seaman Tarfu in the Navy (1946)

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