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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This is one of those World War II Popeye cartoons that are now banned from television, I am told. It depicts Japanese in a very politically-incorrect manner. Actually, all of the WWII Popeye cartoons involving the Japanese showed them in a poor light, so I assume they must all be banned. Funny thing is, the stereotyped dumb Nazi characters, as seen in Popeye cartoons like "Spinach For Britain," aren't banned.
Whatever. This one is quite clever, at least when Popeye first encounters his Japanese opponent in the air. The Asian is disguised as a cloud, actually a big one painted and attached to his airplane. It's pretty funny. It takes Popeye awhile to figure this strategy out and when he does ("That cloudburst looks suspicious," he says), the two go at it like WWI flying aces.
"I've never seen a Jap that wasn't yellow," says that PC-challenged Popeye.
When the sailor man gets in trouble and has his spinach, he winds up opening up a battleship like you would open a can of tuna finish, or rather how people used to do that a long time ago with this metal opener that came with the can.~
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