Short Film Saturday: “Spies” featuring Private Snafu

The crew at Warner Brothers Animation, not unlike Disney, made some propaganda films during World War II. The Warner series was helmed by Chuck Jones with the voice talents of Mel Blanc and featured a character crafted to show soldiers and citizens what not to do. His name is Private Snafu.

Aural Memorial to Burt Bacharach

Not many songwriters become iconic to the musical layman. Burt Bacharach did just that. Despite the fact that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was released 12 years before my birth Burt Bacharach’s music imprinted itself on my childhood through the song “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” via B.J. Thomas’s rendition.

“Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on my Head”

Later, he made another pair of impressions on me becoming a surprise mandatory ingredient of the first two Austin Powers films. His cameo amused me and I knew of him by name already. The appearances made him even more indelible.

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

Austin Powers in The Spy Who Shagged Me