Released just two months before Pearl Harbor brought the American nation to war, ROOKIE REVUE is a cartoon set on an Army base. Here, 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."
The cartoon is from the Merrie Melodies series, supervised by Friz Freleng, produced by Leon Schlesinger, with voice work by Mel Blanc, Reid Kilpatrick, and Billy Bletcher. Story by Dave Monahan with animation by Richard Bickenbach. Musical Direction: Carl W. Stalling.
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