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Leave Well Enough Alone

Original release date: Apr. 28, 1939

After getting a major guilt trip upon seeing the caged animals at Olive Oyl's Pet Shop, Popeye buys the lot of them and sets them all free. The only animal that doesn't leave is a parrot, who conveys his thoughts about freedom to Popeye via the title tune.

A strange sense of melancholy permeates this cartoon, especially from the idea that usually-street-wise Popeye thinks he can help the animals by abandoning them in the street. It's a sorry day when a talking parrot has more savvy than Popeye.

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© 2008, Steve Bailey.

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