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I Never Changes My Altitude

Original release date: Aug. 20, 1937

In another of the Fleischers' astounding 3D shots (almost routine by now), the camera pans across an airport and settles in on "Olive Oyl's Lunch Room Come Down and See Me Sometime!" But the lunchroom is closed, and on its stoop sits a crying Popeye, reading Olive Oyl's "Dear John" letter about how she has run away with an aviator. Er, this particular flyer wouldn't be burly and bushy, now, would he?

Well, be careful what you wish for -- thousands of feet in the air, Bluto is flying and telling Olive to hurry up with painting the back of the airplane. When Olive complains, Bluto tries to knock her off the plane to a sure death. Popeye sees the fracas and singlehandedly readies a plane for flying to Olive's rescue (Why does this guy need spinach, anyway?). To nobody's great surprise, Popeye and Bluto get into an aerial whizzing contest that puts most war-movie footage to shame.

Another great cartoon packed with wild perspective shots and "thrill" gags. But why does poor Popeye let that two-faced Olive suck up to him again at cartoon's end?

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© 2007, Steve Bailey.

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