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

Plot

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, then past a "next time, take the train" billboard. The camouflage troops march by, invisibly. There are 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."

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Censorship

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 narrator'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]

Notes

  • Henry Binder makes a caricatured appearance as a member of the infantry.
  • The $32 question is a reference to the radio quiz show Take It or Leave It.
  • The film is now in the public domain.
  • The dubbed version was released on LaserDisc, resulting in the original ending card to be long believed to be lost at the time. The original ending card was restored in 2008 when the short was released on the sixth and final volume of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection DVD set.
  • The EU Dubbed Print Replaces 1941-1955 MWRA With The 1938-1941 MWRA

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