Rookie Revue
Directed By: I. Freleng
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: October 25, 1941
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Dave Monahan
Animation: Richard Bickenbach
Layouts: Owen Fitzgerald
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Billy Bletcher
Reid Kilpatrick
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Drill Sergeant
Preceded By: Robinson Crusoe Jr.
Succeeded By: Saddle Silly
Rookie Revue - 1941 - Merrie Melodies

Rookie Revue - 1941 - Merrie Melodies

Rookie Revue is a 1941 Merrie Melodies short directed by Friz Freleng.


A bugler uses a jukebox to play reveille. In formation, one private has a great deal of trouble remembering what comes after "3"; after he gets it, he decides not to go for the $32 question. In the mess hall, the machine gunners machine gun their food while the bombers catch falling biscuits. The infantry marches for miles - past a "next time, take the train" billboard. The camouflage troops march by, invisibly. We see training substitutes: wooden guns, cars marked "tank" and, alas, a banner marked "parachute" deployed in mid-jump. More training: aerial games (of tic-tac-toe). The anti-aircraft division has target practice, on an aerial shooting gallery. Finally, in an elaborate process, a general provides firing instructions to a big gun; when it hits his own building, he says, "I'm a baaad general."



In a series of mess hall gags, the shot of the Suicide Squad (a trio of depressed soldiers) unhappily eating hash from a bowl (along with the narraror's line at the end of that shot: "And so, their appetites appeased, the army is ready to carry out the orders of the day") is cut on the rare times on Cartoon Network and its sister channel Boomerang have aired the cartoon.[1]


  • The film is now in the public domain.
  • The dubbed version was released on Laserdisc, resulting the original ending card to be long believed to be lost at the time. Not until 2008 was the cartoon restored from its original negative for inclusion in the Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 6 DVD release. As a result, the original ending card was restored.


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