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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,"
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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