Best Animation Movies of 1944
I Got Plenty of Mutton
A wolf, deprived of meat by war rationing and starving, sees an article in the newspaper about a sheepdog leaving his flock to join the army and thinks it will be easy pickings. However, if he had read the rest of the article first, he would have known that the flock is now guarded by the ram, "Killer Diller," a formidable foe. When the straightforward approach doesn't work, the wolf dresses as an attractive lady sheep, which immediately lures the amorous ram. The hapless wolf's attempt to club the ram, however, fails when he whacks an overhanging branch instead. He escapes, to another tree that conveniently has a safe hanging in it; it drops on the ram, but he emerges unscathed. Next is an anti-aircraft gun, but the ram hauls the disguised wolf inside. The panicked wolf runs for hours, finally tearing off his disguise in desperation "I'm a wolf!" "So am I!"
Pvt. Snafu thinks he's too smart to get caught by an enemy booby trap, but he soon finds that the traps are alluring and that he is every bit the booby.
Private Snafu wants to tell his sweetheart, Sally Lou, that he thinks his unit will be sent to the South Pacific. But every effort he makes to get his letter through uncensored is thwarted by a resourceful (and unseen) censor with an array of contraptions and booby traps. Not even Snafu's carrier pigeon can avoid the censor -- not when he has a hawk for an assistant. Technical Fairy, First Class, comes to the rescue and agrees to deliver the letter -- but he has good reason to say that he'll hate himself in the morning.
Pvt. Snafu's unit suffers the consequences of blabbing military secrets while on leave at home.
A Lecture on Camouflage
Using Snafu as an example, Techanical Fairy First Class teaches the methods of effective camouflage.
My Boy Johnny
In a departure from the usual Terrytoon, this short is based on predictions of things to come in the world after the end of World War II. It primarily deals with, in a comedy sense, what every "G.I." Jonnny can expect when he returns home to civilian life.
A "Rosie the Riveter" type is in need of a baby-sitter for her awful child. The only person available is a clueless Porky Pig. His only instructions are to use a book of child psychology. After fruitless attempts to control the brat, his mother returns to show Porky how to use the book - as a paddle on his little behind.
Mighty Mouse Meets Jekyll and Hyde Cat
Mice, seeking shelter from a storm, enter Dr. Jekyll's house. His cat chases them, ultimately crashing into the lab, where he mixes up some of the potion. He transforms, then rounds up the mice. Mighty Mouse comes to the rescue; in the fight, the lab catches fire. The mice escape, but the house rockets into the sky.
An alley cat attempts to steal the goldfish Andy Panda just bought from a pet shop, but the fish proves too clever for him.
A donkey, putting a small pile of rubber out for wartime recycling, is dismayed by the much larger piles his neighbors have put out. He goes into the back yard and finds a huge buried inner tube, but that inner tube has a mind of its own.