Monday 5 December 2022

Home Front Opening

Pan shot from Home Front, a 1944 Snafu cartoon directed by Frank Tashlin.

The camera stops at the record player for a few song lyrics, then carries on to Private Snafu, who is freezing his butt but steaming about the soft life of the folks back home while he’s fighting a war. Naturally, this “soft life” is a product of Snafu’s imagination, as Technical Fairy First Class shows him on a television set that he materialises.

This not-for-the-home-audience short has a horse spreading its own manure and ends with the fairy kissing Snafu. The idea of a room full of young men who sleep together in the same barracks laughing at male-male kissing is an interesting one.

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