Popeye is relegated to swabbing the deck on an aircraft carrier and other mundane chores, which he does in creative ways. Suddenly, a bomb drops on the ship from a cloud, and all pilots (including Popeye) scramble. Popeye eventually discovers that the "cloud" is a piece of wood camouflaging a Japanese plane, and he shoots it down. The pilot lands on a "Japanese Scrap Repair Ship" where his plane is instantly rebuilt, but Popeye lands soon after, and with the help of some spinach, makes short work of that ship and heads for the Japanese aircraft carrier nearby. He fights off the crew, using them to punch a "V" in the side of the ship, then opens it like a sardine can. At the end, he tows the captured crew in a giant birdcage made out of the scrap boats. Written by
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During WWII, the film studios went into full patriotic mode-- churning out tons of films supporting the war effort. So it wasn't at all surprising that they'd also create cartoons which featured barely human Germans and Japanese characters being foiled by the likes of Bugs Bunny, Donald Duck and Popeye. However, this created a huge problem after the war when we were suddenly allies with these same nations and it was no longer fashionable to hate them! Add to that, modern political correctness and it's not at all surprising you never films like "You're a Sap, Mr. Jap" on television these days! While I certainly can understand this, I am glad you can find them on YouTube and hope they're also available on DVD as this IS a part of our history.
In this particular film, one of many Popeye films about the war, our hero is doing something VERY unusual for Popeye--he's flying a plane off an aircraft carrier! In a cute scene, a hidden Japanese plane comes upon him...and Popeye doesn't recognize it at first because it's disguised as a cloud. Soon, however, Popeye goes to work-- first beating the snot out of this pilot and then landing on a Japanese battleship and thrashing everyone. The Japanese are very stereotypical--sporting HUGE teeth and at the end are compared to rats! Subtle, it sure isn't...but it is entertaining, funny and did the job in helping drum up support for the war at home.
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