June 28th, 2004

krazy koati

That's your one life-saver

Several weekends ago I bought the Delta Entertainment Corporation's Popeye the Sailor Man Collector's Edition DVD of Fleischer cartoons, mostly because I wasn't able to buy anything else that day. To answer natasha_nelson's question first: the audio or video mangling done so they can assert copyright, they forgot to do. The cartoons are, so far as I can tell, uncut, unedited, and lacking any ear-crushingly inappropriate sound effects. Now, my review:

The cartoon lineup is With Little Swee'Pea, Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor, I'm In The Army Now, The Paneless Window Washer, I Never Changes My Altitude, Popeye Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves, A Date To Skate, Customers Wanted, and Aladdin And His Wonderful Lamp. This isn't the best conceivable selection of Fleischer cartoons, but it is really up there. Even the clip cartoons -- I'm In The Army Now and Customers Wanted -- are good ones, with Popeye and Bluto dueling by their clips.

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And all this for US $7.00, at the Saturday Matinee video store. As bargains-for-entertainment-provided go the only comparable one I've gotten would be the Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume One DVD set. It's fantastic.

Trivia: Pierre Fermat published one mathematics paper during his lifetime, one which found the arc length for the curve y = x3/2 between x = 0 and x = a for an arbitrary positive number a. Source: Mathematics in Civilization, H.L. Resnikoff and R.O.Wells, Jr.

Currently Reading: Dolphin Island, Arthur C Clarke. Teenaged runaway human becomes ambassador to the dolphin kingdom. Exists in an odd time warp in which you feel its view towards respecting sea life was progressive when written, but now seems to have a cruel edge -- researchers on a station in the Great Barrier Reef harbor rather bigoted views against killer whales -- despite being set still a few more decades in the future. And telecommunications technology is surprisingly primitive for a Clarke story. Still, it's a tender juvenile novel and I like the notion of a dolphin-pulled surfboard.