20 April 2015 | TheLittleSongbird
Decent but there are better Private Snafu cartoons around
For me, Spies and Booby Traps are the best of a mostly entertaining series, a series of cartoons that's funny, educational, mostly daring with a title character that's endearing despite its ineptness. It's Murder She Says is well worth the watch, and is on the whole a decent cartoon in general. But it had the potential to be great, instead It's Murder She Said is one of the weaker.
Is it educational? Yes it is, it's a good subject with a great message that is not delivered at all in a heavy-handed way. Is it funny? In spades, but it is never what I call hilarious, more amusing if anything and could have been more consistent. Is it daring? No, a good deal of the Private Snafu cartoons having risqué and ahead-of-their-time elements but It's Murder She Said is surprisingly tame considering the subject. The pacing could have been crisper too.
The animation is very good though, the black and white is sumptuous and crisp in quality, the drawing is fluid and the backgrounds are nicely detailed. Carl Stalling was a very consistent composer, whose music scores was always one of the best things of the cartoons featuring them, and that's true of It's Murder She Says. The rhythmic energy enhances what happens very well and it's beautifully orchestrated. The cartoon's cleverly scripted, though Dr Seuss has been funnier, and the two lead characters do a great job carrying the cartoon. Annie is an enormously entertaining and sometimes poignant character who brings a lot of verve here and while underused Snafu is very endearing. The voice acting is very good from some of the greatest and most consistent voice actors of the time, and the narration amuses and teaches.
All in all, not one of Snafu's finest hours but still decent. 6/10 Bethany Cox