12 March 2017 | TheLittleSongbird
The influence of fear
Many of the Private Snafu cartoons are very enjoyable, being very well-made, entertaining and educational with good morals and interesting historical and instructional material. Even lesser ones like 'It's Murder She Says' and 'Operation Snafu', prior to watching the two 'A Few Quick Facts' Private Snafu cartoons, are still very much watchable. Even when inept, Snafu is still very much endearing and fun for a vast majority of his cartoons.
After great Private Snafu cartoons like 'Spies', 'The Goldbrick', 'Infantry Blues', 'Booby Traps' and 'Private Snafu vs. Malaria Mike', the series saw a couple of rare misfires with the two 'A Few Quick Facts' cartoons. It is hard to say which is better or worse between 'Inflation' and 'Fear', with the few good and numerous bad things being exactly the same, though 'Fear' did (very) marginally more with its subject matter and has content that goes less over people's heads.
Even though minimalist in detail, the animation is still quite good, the details still don't look too cheap, it's fluid and it's crisp. Mel Blanc's voice work is as lively as ever, then again Blanc was one of the greatest voice actors who ever lived who was rarely bad and it took a lot for him to be so. The music score is also suitably peppy, though no Carl Stalling which is a shame.
However, Snafu is underused and when he is used he is merely a "just there" presence, meaning none of his comic timing or endearment comes through. Pacing is tedious due to the cartoon being thin in content. The content itself is tame and doesn't do a good job educating or entertaining, the comedy isn't there and the instructional aspects are not particularly illuminating. The subject matter once again dealt with indifference and heavy-handedness.
Overall, pretty poor, for Private Snafu that's disappointing. 3/10 Bethany Cox