1084 N MILWAUKEE, CHICAGO

THE DARK SIDE OF DR. SEUSS

Curated and Collected by Archivist, Dennis Nyback
Dennis Nyback in Person!

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August 14, 2010,
Screened at CINEMA BOREALIS

Before Dr. Seuss planted his imaginative words and pictures into the hearts of kids everywhere, Lt. Col. Theodore Seuss Geisel served in WWII by writing black and white instructional cartoons. Under the orders of U.S. Army Air Force Chairman of the First Motion Picture Unit, Frank Capra, Giesle brought Private Snafu to life. The character, whose name is a military acronym for “Situation Normal- All Fouled Up,” is a hapless, clumsy, and easily misled recruit. Made during the golden age of Warner Bros animation, Snafu cartoons were often directed by WB heavy hitters Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng, and Frank Tashlin. Designed for entertainment as well as instruction, with an audience of mostly young servicemen, Snafu cartoons are extremely racy for their age and expose some of the most frightening wartime sentiments.

Program Details
COMING SNAFU (1943)
FEAR (1944)
SPIES (1944)
THE GOLDBRICK (1943)
OUR JOB IN JAPAN (1945)
RUMORS (1944)
BOOBY TRAPS (1943)
THE HOME FRONT (1943)
YOUR JOB IN GERMANY (1945)



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