The Swing Shift Shuffle is a radio program of swing, big band, jazz, boogie woogie and other popular music from the 1930's and 40's that airs every Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (US Central Time) on WEVL 89.9 FM in Memphis, Tennessee, with a live webcast at In addition to the radio show, this blog is dedicated to all aspects of the Swing Era, including art, automobiles, cartoons, comics, history, movies, music, news, science, technology, and anything else that happened during that time. It also includes announcements about events in the Memphis/Mid-South area related to the Swing Era, such as classic movies, concerts, dances, lectures, etc. If you see something that fits the description, send it to me at If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Private Snafu: Gripes

For Memorial Day weekend, I thought I would dust off a Private Snafu cartoon.  These animated training shorts, made by and for the U.S. Army during World War II, featured the talents of many well known artists, including animator Chuck Jones, voice actor Mel Blanc (Bugs Bunny's voice), and lines by Theodor Geisel (a/k/a Dr. Seuss).  From the Internet Archive, here is Private Snafu in the 1943 cartoon, Gripes.

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