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Oodles Of Olive Oyl


Olive Oyl, as portrayed in the Paramount/Famous Studios' cartoons was the object of the first "schoolboy crush" that many of us baby boomers had.  In fact, even into our teen and early adult years, we would find excuses to watch a few Popeye cartoons now and then.  This page is dedicated to Ms. Oyl and to what her exploits (and her creators) taught us about life and love.


 
 
 
 
 
 

Page last updated on 11-21-2009. 


 

 

STRONGER THAN SPINACH: THE SECRET APPEAL

OF THE FAMOUS STUDIOS POPEYE CARTOONS

By Steve R. Bierly

 

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Until now, the Famous Studios Popeye cartoons have never really been given a fair treatment by animation writers and historians. Authors have concentrated on the earliest Popeye cartoons from Fleischer Studios because those films broke new ground in technique and humor, and on the made-for-TV cartoons of the 1960s because many of them are so awful. The Famous Studios cartoons are often just mentioned in passing.

 

But from 1942-1957, Famous Studios, a division of Paramount Pictures, produced Popeye cartoons that have a fan-following to this day. These cartoons were shown on TV during the Baby Boomers' formative years and continue to be shown on cable and satellite channels today. In fact, they are the longest running cartoons in television syndication.

 

Many of the kids through the years who grew up watching the Famous Studios films have found that the films grew up with them because these cartoons were originally made to entertain adult movie-going audiences, before they were sold to TV and broadcast as kiddie fare. So, they contain adult themes, humor that uses verbal and visual double entendres, and mature sensibilities. They also, of course, are full of slapstick and are just plain fun. So, unlike some childhood joys that are left behind, the pleasure of the Famous Studios Popeye cartoons gets even stronger the older one gets.

 

The Secret Appeal of the Famous Studios Popeye Cartoons explores the reasons for that. It sets Famous Studios in historical context and explains why the creators working there made the films they did. Then the changes the creators made to the three main characters - Popeye, Olive Oyl, and Bluto are examined, along with Famous Studios' emphasis on sex and romance, tension and suspense and violence, and moral confusion - it's often hard to know who to root for in the cartoons, Popeye or Bluto! Amid the puns and the slapstick, there was a lot more going on. And it's the "more" which makes the films endlessly fascinating.

 

Eleven cartoons are explained in depth, and then all the Famous Studios cartoons are scanned to uncover the magic elements they each contain. The The Secret Appeal of the Famous Studios Popeye Cartoons ends by exploring the ways the films could have influenced other cartoons, comic books, and even feature length movies.

 

The Secret Appeal of the Famous Studios Popeye Cartoons is a must read for anyone who has ever enjoyed Popeye cartoons and/or is interested in the character's history. And, perhaps even more importantly, it's a lot of fun, too!

 

Published by:

BEAR MANOR MEDIA

 

Available at amazon.com

 

Pre-release comments include:

 

   “an interesting read”

 

    “lots of fun”

 

    “sexy, nostalgic, funny, and even shocking at times”

 

    “reminds me of the days when Popeye cartoons were beamed

into our living rooms as we were growing up and the ways they

used to make us feel”

 

     “great pictures!”

 

 

 

 

 

 
 


 

YOUR OLIVE OYL CHOICES

FROM OLIVE DRAB TO OLIVE FAB

Find out how Famous Studios transformed Olive into a romantic lead.

Discuss the Cartoons in my Yahoo Group! 

 

 

HOT TOPICS

Is It Weird To Have A Crush On An Animated Character? 

Is Olive Oyl Betty Boop's descendant?

Olive - the top cartoon femme fatale

FAQ

Your questions about the FS Olive asked  and answered.

The Whole Package

A film-by-film look at why Olive is more than just a pretty face.

Olive's POP QUIZ

Test your knowledge of Olive Oyl.

Other Olive Oyls

What I think about her other incarnations.

The Sagendorf Olive

How Bud was influenced by the toons.

The KFS Olive

First runner-up in the Popeye Universe Beauty Pageant!

Olive's FAN FICTION 

Stories done in the spirit of the Famous Studios' romance cartoons, written by Steve Bierly

LIES PARAMOUNT 
TOLD ME

Kids (and adults), don't try to imitate the FS toons at home!

Olive News 

What the media says (even unconciously) about the FS Olive Oyl and her appeal.

 LISTS

 

Lots of lists focusing on various aspects of the Famous Studios' Olive Oyl, including top "Beautiful Moments" with pictures!

LIST OVERVIEW

Lots of the same lists focusing on various aspects of the Famous Studios’ Olive Oyl, collected together in an overview format on one page.

COLLECTIBLES

 

Short list of the few things I know about that feature the FS Olive. 


 
 

 

 

OTHER CHOICES

 

THANK YOUS!

 To all who helped make this site a success!

POPEYE PAGE

Popeye has his own pages!  See them all! 

THE BLUTO BOOSTERS PAGE

Bluto (the greatest villain of all time!) has his own pages also! 

See why I like him so much!

 


 
 
 

LISTS

Choose a list and click on it to load that page.  Lists with lots of pictures take longer, but most of these are pretty quick to load. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIES PARAMOUNT 
TOLD ME

I've been dealing with the lessons the old Paramount/Famous Studios' Popeye cartoons can teach us about life and love.  However, looking at the films another way, I can easily see how repeatedly watching exaggerated characters in stereotypical romantic plots and situations could lead one to start to believe the following lies:

 

   Lie #1: There is such a thing as true love at first sight.

   Lie #2: Attraction, lust, sex, and love are all the same thing.

   Lie #3: Unless you are pretty or handsome, you can forget about ever finding love, and unless members of the opposite sex make fire alarms go off in your head and cause your tongue to hang out, they aren't worth spending time with.

   Lie #4: When a member of the opposite sex says, "I love you," don't trust him or her because he or she will dump you if times get rough or if "something better" comes along.

   Lie #5: You need to impress a would-be lover with your looks, charm, money, status, or skills.  The whole point of a date is to convince the other how great you are.  Nobody will ever like you just for being yourself.

   Lie #6: You simply MUST flirt or make out/have a fling with anyone and everyone who attracts you or you'll go crazy with frustration and won't be a "real man" or "real woman."

   Lie #7: The normal way to win someone's heart is by putting down, beating up, or tricking your rivals.  Competition is always part of the process of wooing.  And all's fair in love and war.
 
 

See, the bottom line is, enjoy your Popeye cartoons, but remember, Kiddies, 
THEY ARE MAKE BELIEVE!!!!!
Don't try this at home!!!

 


 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 

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The Bluto Booster Page

All the aspects of Bluto I could think of are discussed on various Bluto pages.  Go here for a complete listing.

Oodles Of Olive Oyl

As the title says, lots about Olive Oyl.  You can choose from a number of titles to link to many other of my pages about this lovely lady.

POPEYE PAGE

My Popeye Page.  Lots of links to my pages about the King Of Spinach.


 
 
 
 

This page was created using Corel Word Perfect Suite 8 and Netscape Navigator Composer and Microsoft Word. All characters and images are legal properties of their respective companies and are used here without permission for entertainment, review, and informational purposes only. All other material is copyright 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 by Steve R. Bierly.