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Seein' Red, White 'n' Blue (1943)

Bluto the blacksmith gets a draft notice. Popeye is in charge of the local draft board. Bluto gives a sob story about his ailments, but makes a miraculous recovery when Popeye's gorgeous "... See full summary »

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Dave Barry ...
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Jack Mercer ...
Popeye / The Devil / Japanese Soldiers / Adolf Hitler (voice) (uncredited)
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Bluto the blacksmith gets a draft notice. Popeye is in charge of the local draft board. Bluto gives a sob story about his ailments, but makes a miraculous recovery when Popeye's gorgeous "secretary" appears (really a 1000 pound weight in disguise). Bluto, desperate, dives out the skyscraper window; Popeye tries to catch him, but they both plummet through the sidewalk, and the devil chases them back out of hell. Bluto dashes into traffic, but the car suffers more. He then drops a safe on his head, but ends up inside, along with Popeye. Bluto tosses the safe (with Popeye) into an orphanage, where Japanese are plotting in secret. Bluto shows up in time to help, but they're quickly overpowered, so Popeye shares his spinach with Bluto and they team up; their American fist is then felt overseas by both Hirohito and Hitler. Bluto signs up, but he needs help spelling his name. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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19 February 1943 (USA)  »

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Bluto: Who do I know that can write?
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Cartoons as propaganda during wartime.
17 October 2002 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This sort of cartoon was made during World War II by most, if not all, the studios as a form of propaganda. The major studios were turning out training films for the military, doing live-action propaganda and the animation departments did their share of work in that vein as well. Some had merely passing references and others, like this short, were all-out propaganda. These wartime propaganda cartoons are all too rarely seen because they often contain images that are now not considered acceptable. While I can understand the desire to not show these to children, they were never actually aimed at children in the first place. They deserve to be seen and remembered as part of our history. This one is just as well animated as the rest of the Paramount Famous Studios cartoons and is fascinating to watch. An excellent cartoon and one of the few times Popeye and Bluto worked together. Well worth seeking out and getting. Recommended.


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