Saloon singer/owner Olive Oyl and fur trapper
Dangerous Dan McBluto fall for each other while co-owner Popeye turns green
with envy, literally. But then Olive has one of her patented change-of-hearts.
and Olive Oyl keep interrupting their musical act to serve customers and do
the dishes, as only cartoon characters can.
scatters when Dangerous Dan comes in, but he unexpectedly breaks out in
song instead of tearing up the joint. He's also covered with snow as
he enters, making him look like a polar bear.
above-mentioned Popeye's turning green with envy and grinding a chair to
sawdust while congratulating himself on his self-control made quite an
impression on me when I was young.
to escape Dan's amorous advances by suddenly "remembering" she
has a Mah Jong
rewards himself after getting the frozen Popeye out of the hole in the ice
by balancing him on his nose.
A huge icicle
drops down Popeye's back. He shakes like a maraca to a Latin beat and
turns it into ice cubes which fall out of his pant leg.
take a moment to sing a radio commercial (parodying one for Pepsi Cola
popular at the time) for McBluto's furs before
resuming their fearsome growling and posturing. I remember the
singing bears clearly from my childhood, too.
The Final Popeye Trap
sent plunging from a high mountain and is in danger of being impaled on, or
at least being stuck in the rear with, a frozen peak below.
Memorable Popeye Stunts
uses his arms as air brakes to stop his fall and then revs up his pipe as a
helicopter to fly back up to McBluto's to take on
the bears. As he pummels them, their fur coats come off, landing on a
delighted Olive Oyl.
Good cartoon background music is used along with "I
Don't Want To Walk Without You" (sung by Olive in her act) and
"Every Little Breeze Seems To Whisper Louise" (sung by
Dan). The latter is picked up and used as a theme throughout the
film. Most notably, a sexy, jazz version of it plays during the soda
scene (see "Romance" below.)
Ogling Olive Oyl Opportunities
Olive has a Fleischerish hairstyle
throughout the cartoon and, in some scenes/frames, a face to match.
However, when she's doing her song and dance/striptease act (don't worry,
she has a dishwashing outfit on underneath), her features are pretty, her
expressions are flirty, her voice is sexy, and she shows off her
curves. She even has a bustline in the soda
scene (see "Romance" below), and as she's rooting for Popeye and
receiving the coats, she's got curves again.
"Wolf Reaction" To Olive Oyl
cartoon has plenty of them. First the all-male audience in the saloon
is very appreciative of Olive's act, giving her wolf whistles and cat
calls. Then Dan arrives, is smitten with her, and helps her off the
stage while giving her an extremely close once-over and saying, "Mmm, Mmm!"
Then Cupid himself briefly makes eyes at her. (Watch the soda scene
in slow motion to see it.)
Dan arrives at the tavern in a romantic mood. He tips
his hat to a coy Olive Oyl and then escorts her from the stage. Now
she clearly acts like she enjoys being appreciated. The two begin
what seems to be a date by sharing a soda and gazing happily and longingly
into each other's eyes. A large heart appears above them and out pops
Cupid who bops the couple on their heads, infusing them with love.
Dan and Olive then begin a playful, flirting "fight" over the
cherry that was on top of the soda. There's soon a straight line of
straw, cherry, straw connecting their two mouths. After a second or
two more of sucking, stretching, and pulling the chain breaks and the
cherry rolls down Olive's straw coming to rest on her lips. She
ditches the straw and puckers up, holding the cherry at the very tip of a
would-be kiss. Dan, aflame with passion, thrusts forward to claim his
prize, but Olive, wanting to keep the teasing and alluring game going
longer, ducks out of the way, and the big guy winds up with Popeye in his
mouth! Olive lays down across a railing, happily kicking her feet in
the air and balancing the cherry on her nose. (I went into so much
detail here because many Famous Studios' fans consider this scene, the
slapstick notwithstanding, to be one of the "hottest" scenes ever
to appear in a Popeye cartoon, even though the film is set in the
course, McBluto blows it by grabbing Olive and having his teeth flash this
command, "Start sizzling Sister." Many fans feel that, in
her own way and timing, she was already doing a good job of doing just
Once again, the creators' seem to be on Bluto's side initially
in the love triangle. When viewed in slow motion, Cupid casts a
disdaining glance at Popeye before getting down to business with Dan and
have wondered if the censors were out of town when this cartoon was made,
or if the creators were thumbing their noses at them or trying to push the
envelope. Aside from whatever visual puns and double-entendres may or
may not be present in the infamous soda scene, Olive spends a portion of
this cartoon tied up in a sack, kidnapped by Dan. As she struggles,
some think the bag takes on provocative shapes. I'll leave it up to
you to decide.
Pepsi commercial parody will probably go completely over the heads of
McBluto's name seems to come from a famous
humorous poem about the Klondike, "The Cremation Of Dan McGee."
(I think that's the name of it. If you know otherwise, please email me!)