What the HELL is Private Snafu? (A Propaganda Cartoon Secret)

  • Published on May 18, 2018
  • Private Snafu is a WWII cartoon series that was specifically made to train American soldiers and was not available to the public. It is absolutely wild and one of the most unique cartoon series ever made
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  • Saberspark
    Saberspark  Year ago +1824

    This video has been a passion project of mine for the last few months. I am a huge fan of history and it was great to be able to combine that with animation. Private Snafu is truly one of the most unique cartoon series I have ever seen and I hope you all enjoy it!
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  • Pelin Alqassimi
    Pelin Alqassimi 2 days ago

    PAUSE at 0:45

  • Justin V
    Justin V 6 days ago

    Someone needs to put these in a DVD set 💯👌

  • Erynn Collier
    Erynn Collier 8 days ago

    Private Snafu. Seaman Tarfu. All we're missing is Airman Fubar! lol

  • feel_good_inc
    feel_good_inc 18 days ago


  • HelaLoki'sChild
    HelaLoki'sChild 21 day ago

    Im a huge fan of learning the propaganda that made its way into popular culture during WWI and II, so this video is definitely now my favorite of yours saberspark!

  • White Studios
    White Studios 22 days ago +1

    Fun fact, it was created for the military. It means it's public domain!

  • Jono Incorporated
    Jono Incorporated 28 days ago

    Hell yeah, you give me a private instruction cartoon and I'll fight for any country.

  • scp 000
    scp 000 Month ago

    Good ol military

  • Coach Renaldo
    Coach Renaldo Month ago

    As fascinating as these cartoons are, there’s something oddly unsettling about them as well. As in, this was shown to men to whom a good number of which may not live to see their families again, fighting for their country that, for its time at least, is uncertain about victory and are taught to kill or be killed.

  • HW TheFoehammer
    HW TheFoehammer Month ago

    Oh my god, they killed private Snafu!
    You bastards!

  • Alex Benavidez
    Alex Benavidez Month ago

    4:27 I won't lie. I laughed so hard at this bit.

  • doggy chan stp
    doggy chan stp Month ago +1

    Why does snafu look and act like Mineta?

  • Devdan
    Devdan Month ago


  • Smol Angel
    Smol Angel Month ago

    Is there any way to see it now? It'd be rough with the racism :/ but it still sounds really interesting!

  • Ray Ceeya
    Ray Ceeya Month ago

    TBO I wouldn't call Private Snafu propaganda. Propaganda is usually geared for the civilian population. Snafu was more edutainment soldiers.

  • microbusss
    microbusss Month ago

    I'm almost positive there still are cartoons out there that are still Classified to this day!

  • fairymairah
    fairymairah Month ago +1

    Does Seaman Tarfu stand for That's All Really Fouled Up ! ? ! ?

  • fairymairah
    fairymairah 2 months ago +1

    At least I think the Japanese Anime made Cartoons are Better ! ! ! !

  • A Dog In a Cowboy Hat
    A Dog In a Cowboy Hat 2 months ago

    This is why I love American propaganda, it’s funny as hell!

  • Golden_Wrench
    Golden_Wrench 2 months ago

    things like this...this is why i watch your channel man!

  • Abinadab Orozco
    Abinadab Orozco 2 months ago

    I see the cartoon ww2 propaganda me i really love it and i learn about ww2 history and my dad but this cartoon is not that bad. private snafu is my favorite cartoon in Looney tunes

  • Ziggawatt insert random numbers

    "Were working like hell in the old home town"
    Made me laugh out loud

  • WillieManga
    WillieManga 2 months ago +1

    "These men can't read, so how are we gonna teach them about military protocol. Hmm... Oh! I know! Let's make cartoon! They like Looney Tunes, so let's make a cartoon that's like Looney Tunes on steroids!" That is a pretty cool idea in hindsight.

  • Tia D.
    Tia D. 2 months ago +1

    I've seen several Snafu cartoons, and a few of the other patriotic WW2 films that were put out, like Donald as a nazi. Interesting stuff, and still enjoyable now even though that racism is fucked up- but funny.

  • zachire
    zachire 2 months ago

    6:17 that's how anime is born

  • Stony Elgin
    Stony Elgin 2 months ago

    1920s? Yeaaah that's hot

  • Parker Green
    Parker Green 2 months ago

    Well said

  • itsyourboy jade
    itsyourboy jade 2 months ago

    6:27 this is the funniest thing I've ever heard. Yeah I know its rasict but its hilarious XD

  • ZorotheGallade
    ZorotheGallade 2 months ago

    Dr.Seuss wrote an episode with Nazi boob tape recorders and Hitler Satan.

  • pokémon weeb
    pokémon weeb 3 months ago

    Disney did a bad thing , daddy !

  • dildonius
    dildonius 3 months ago

    Private SNAFU is hardly a "secret"

  • Francis Paulin
    Francis Paulin 3 months ago +1

    The all fffff all fouled up thing was hilarious XD

  • the commenter
    the commenter 3 months ago

    Wait, did they censored her belly button at 1:15???


    The character designs of the Beetle Baley comics kind of remembers the ones of Snafu

  • Leon Serbelis
    Leon Serbelis 3 months ago

    6.06: my litle sauerkraut


    I have always loved word war cartoons

  • Kegan Mahon
    Kegan Mahon 3 months ago

    Private Snafu is awesomeness in animated form, that's what the hell Private Snafu is. If you love World War II propaganda, or vintage animation, especially from Warner Brothers, you owe it to yourself to buy this disc release.
    You can buy these cartoons remastered on DVD or Blu-ray from Thunderbean Animation, online with a search, or on Amazon. I believe all of them have also been uploaded to RU-clip, albeit with watermarks or in varying degrees of quality. You can't go wrong with the TA release. They have a lot of vintage and obscure cartoons on disc for the home consumer.
    Great video! :-)

  • Scott Cook
    Scott Cook 3 months ago

    Was expecting memes and got WWII history. Pretty cool

  • Nate Wainwright
    Nate Wainwright 3 months ago

    Don’t forget about popeye

  • isabella gacha! [on hiatus]

    all... allfouledup.

    GOLD! GOLD! GOLD! 3 months ago

    Y e s

  • Shadow Werewolf6
    Shadow Werewolf6 3 months ago +3

    Private Snafu. I saw some stuff about that at a museum. But also, Wow Private Snafu don't waste food.

    MR JOHN 3 months ago

    0:44 what is this from, I’m curious?


    Elmer Fudd's horny grandfather

  • Rowan Weaver
    Rowan Weaver 4 months ago

    Wait wait wait *reads again* DELAYED ACTION BOMBS- dab, sorry, this is why I have no friends

  • Nina's Edits
    Nina's Edits 4 months ago

    wow know that i know what doctor zues did he come's as an amazing man to me he wrote my favorite books as a kid i have no words

  • burnum
    burnum 4 months ago

    So, thinking about women makes you that? Now that's messed up thinking naming people that.

  • Dillon Crowe
    Dillon Crowe 4 months ago

    Wonder if my tanker great granddad ever watched any of these before he was sent to Italy.

  • That One Canadian
    That One Canadian 4 months ago

    wheres magulicuty

  • Peyton Cook
    Peyton Cook 4 months ago

    I can't hear the name Snafu without thinking of the Pacific

  • Matthew Chester
    Matthew Chester 4 months ago

    haha booby

  • skullpull 101
    skullpull 101 5 months ago

    Oh God, this could never exist today. A whole segment would be devoted to how Islam is peace and how Isis aren't real Muslims.

  • Narcissa Faith
    Narcissa Faith 5 months ago

    What the fuck is 0:44 XD

  • EzioAuditore117 Ridiculousness

    Wait why is snafu worried for his "gal" being out with some guy when he is LITERALLY THINKING ABOUT OTHER GIRLS AND HITTING ON THEM?!?

  • Luis Mendoza
    Luis Mendoza 5 months ago


  • Leonard Spong
    Leonard Spong 5 months ago +2

    what's up cock????

  • The folafal Waffle
    The folafal Waffle 5 months ago

    Disney would have gone under?
    That's means no rian and kathleen Kennedy doesnt sound to bad

  • Lana Nahapetian
    Lana Nahapetian 5 months ago +4

    "What was that I heard you say *my little sauerkraut* ..."
    The humour in this cartoon is actually really good XD

  • Peka Silk
    Peka Silk 5 months ago

    War fucking sucks.

  • Deathstar9009
    Deathstar9009 5 months ago

    i love old cartoons
    rip fleischer studios

  • princessnu15
    princessnu15 5 months ago +1

    Oh man! I remember when they aired this on Cartoon Network along with other “adult” shorts. I believe it was the one where Snafu had to keep a secret.

  • Quese Drum
    Quese Drum 5 months ago

    Today’s the 77th anniversary of the US joining WW2. I forgot about this cartoon.

  • FreakyPlanet
    FreakyPlanet 5 months ago

    I can’t believe that warner bros made a x rated black and white cartoon.

  • Robert Fernandez
    Robert Fernandez 5 months ago +1

    Then this is probably the worst kept secret. Ever.

  • Meja Soulfruit
    Meja Soulfruit 5 months ago

    belly buttons are illegal

  • L Ryuzaki
    L Ryuzaki 5 months ago

    Concerning the video on Disney remakes and the retarded comment a lot of idiot adults think that cartoons are for CHILDREN, I want to add: People used cartoons to draw and simulate PORN and EROTICA long before it became associated with being "just for kids."
    Private SNAFU is a GREAT example. So is the Wolf from Red Hot Riding Hood.

  • L Ryuzaki
    L Ryuzaki 5 months ago

    SNAFU Jon Kricfalusi's inspiration for Jimmy the idiot boy?

  • yoshimickster
    yoshimickster 5 months ago +1

    Yo Saberspark, long time watcher and while I can see many of your vids being informative, y'alls GOTTA spice it up man, sling some more jokes here and there!

  • Gamercat 2464
    Gamercat 2464 5 months ago

    I solute to those who lost their lives on all sides of every war. Thank you all.

  • Matt Bowen
    Matt Bowen 5 months ago +2

    Wow the women in these cartoons are straight up objectified

  • Abigail Howard
    Abigail Howard 5 months ago

    I love Mr Smith go to Washington

  • Rede Atlântica
    Rede Atlântica 5 months ago +1

    I would like to see a series of Private Snafu but for the general public, that would be cool.

  • Remy Lebeau
    Remy Lebeau 5 months ago

    This would never happen these days.

  • Something Disgusting
    Something Disgusting 5 months ago +1

    4:19 first evidence of Japanese interests in traps...

  • ambush bob
    ambush bob 5 months ago

    Eh...the Japanese and germans dehumanized there enemies too "but were supposed to be better than that" judging history by our standards is stupied.

  • Nasakid
    Nasakid 5 months ago

    This is hella patriotic

  • Valkuri
    Valkuri 5 months ago

    did these clips make anyone else wanna watch snafu? XDDDDDDDDD

  • Mr Pizzapi
    Mr Pizzapi 5 months ago

    Brings a tear of freedom to my eye

  • Joshe
    Joshe 5 months ago

    I wonder if my Great-Grandfather watched this (he served in ww2)

  • Cherry Peppermint tea
    Cherry Peppermint tea 5 months ago

    Guess it's not private snafu any more since we know about it now

  • Rachel Michaud
    Rachel Michaud 5 months ago

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    N normal🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
    A all 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
    F fuck 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
    U up 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  • Ynothan Iruz
    Ynothan Iruz 5 months ago

    American anime

  • Ultra Eric
    Ultra Eric 5 months ago

    Why does it remind me of fallout?

  • Koya The Koala
    Koya The Koala 6 months ago

    I would enjoy these if it wasn’t for the horrible racism. It really gets to me because racism against asians is a big problem in my part of Texas

  • Screaming Sushi
    Screaming Sushi 6 months ago

    Can I just say, did anyone get the fact that the fairy looking character was male, and gay? Cause fairy is a slang for gay???? Get it?????

  • mark uwu
    mark uwu 6 months ago

    You should have uploaded this on Veterans Day

  • SKR Rowland
    SKR Rowland 6 months ago

    review little lion King!

  • Ronald Emmanuel
    Ronald Emmanuel 6 months ago

    we need another war, people has grown weak and what everyone does now days is shield themselves behind a screen and insult each other in the internet, this is one hell of a generation.

    • Vadi Fadoms
      Vadi Fadoms 6 months ago

      A bunch of people need to die, that'll totally whip the world into shape

  • Artyom Alexandrov
    Artyom Alexandrov 6 months ago

    One of the cases where your essay writing style really shines through

  • Olivia Laudermilch
    Olivia Laudermilch 6 months ago

    I pretty much went on a snafu marathon after watching this video. I loved that they were educational but not blatant about it, they balanced comedy and informative stuff really well (which many educational shows struggle with) but o o f those japanese scenes

  • FuzzyThoughts
    FuzzyThoughts 6 months ago

    Hey Saberspark
    The ads in your videos are timed quite badly, you should look into it as I'm sure, somehow you can designate when the ads come. Put one or two break points in the video and set those as ad breaks, it looks a lot more professional and isn't as jarring, this hurts the enjoyability of your content.
    otherwise, love your stuff, especially Over the Garden Wall, I watched it and gahd dayum that is a great series.

  • Mr Toaster
    Mr Toaster 6 months ago

    "Snafu, Situation Normal all...all *FOULED* up"

  • Dan Archer
    Dan Archer 6 months ago

    Fascinating video, thank you.

  • Owen Bridgers
    Owen Bridgers 6 months ago

    Private SNAFU for Smash Ultimate when?

  • Danny vs ViDEO GAMES
    Danny vs ViDEO GAMES 6 months ago

    Let’s never talk about this again

  • - LightSwitch -
    - LightSwitch - 6 months ago +1

    WW3: Private SNAFU plays Fortnite.

  • Kevin Eontrainer
    Kevin Eontrainer 6 months ago

    I've been bingewatching Private Snafu cartoons and they're surprisingly good and informative

  • Cruz Rosario
    Cruz Rosario 7 months ago

    Poor Hitler in 0:48

  • kitsune love
    kitsune love 7 months ago +1

    So fucking racist