Bluto's in the Army; he tries to sneak off base, but can't. Popeye passes by, on the way to a date with Olive; Bluto invites him in, then swaps uniforms (yes, they fit very badly). Popeye ... See full summary »
Bluto's in the Army; he tries to sneak off base, but can't. Popeye passes by, on the way to a date with Olive; Bluto invites him in, then swaps uniforms (yes, they fit very badly). Popeye ends up in a tank drill, which he does very badly, driving through a house, into a pond, and ultimately falling off a cliff. That's it, it's time for the spinach, and a run for it; he manages to outrun or out maneuver all the other tanks and arrives at Olive's just as Bluto is walking out with her (oddly enough, even though the date with Olive is the motivation for the whole plot, she has only one line). The boys fight in the tank and Popeye swaps uniforms back again, just as the tank boys catch up; that gets Bluto blamed for all of Popeye's hijinks. Written by
Jon Reeves <email@example.com>
Let us all be eternally thankful to Cartoon Network's off shoot channel, Boomerang,which airs long forgotten "old school" animation from the early 1930's to (mostly)the late 1950's (is there anybody else out there who's ever heard of the M-G-M series, 'The Captain & The Kids'?). This WWII black & white short is a fast paced cartoon about Popeye having his uniform switched by Bluto & ending up in the Army Tank Corps (which once and for all flushes the whole Military Intelligence concept right down the toilet). The short is full of the usual puns & one liners that one has to listen close, unless they want to miss them (and there are a few of the usual in-jokes that cartoons of that era were known for). My question is, is there really that strong of a prejudice for black & white films as there is (and why has this stuff not turned up on a DVD of the Paramont Fleisher/Famous film shorts of that era)?
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