You're a Sap, Mr. Jap

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You're a Sap, Mr. Jap is a 1942 one-reel animated cartoon short subject released by Paramount Pictures. It was the first cartoon featuring Popeye the Sailor in a series produced by Famous Studios, which took over the Popeye theatrical franchise from the Fleischer Studios.[1] It is one of the best-known World War II propaganda cartoons. It is also one of the few Popeye cartoons not to feature Bluto, Olive Oyl, or Wimpy.


The cartoon, which gets its title from a novelty song written by James Cavanaugh, John Redmond and Nat Simon, finds Popeye singlehandedly defeating the crew of a Japanese battleship (in which two of their crew members posed as fishermen) in the Pacific Ocean. The cartoon was kept out of commercial release for years due to its racially offensive (although historically important) caricaturing of the Japanese and to the climactic sequence where the Japanese naval commander commits suicide by drinking gasoline and consuming lit firecrackers. However, it re-emerged in a November 2008 DVD release of Popeye cartoons produced between 1941 to 1943.[1][2][3]

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  1. ^ a b Phil Hall (June 5, 2009). "The Bootleg Files:Popeye in "You're a Sap, Mr. Jap"". Film Threat. Retrieved 2009-06-06. 
  2. ^ Jeanne T. Heidler (2007). Daily Lives of Civilians in Wartime Modern America. Greenwood Publishing Company. p. 89. ISBN 0-313-33534-6. 
  3. ^ Jamie S. Rich (November 4, 2008). "Popeye the Sailor: 1941-1943, Vol. 3". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 

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