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Rewind With Popeye Part I

Reminisce with me as we review

the Famous Studios' cartoons.


 
 
 
 

Last updated 10-24-08. 
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Rewind With Popeye Part I

 

On this page, I will go into more detail about the Famous Studio's toons.  I'll discuss:

 

Humor

The Final Popeye Trap

Memorable Popeye Stunts

Music

Ogling Olive Oyl Opportunities - For a further description of the moments in the cartoons that feature an appealing Olive Oyl and some pictures, visit The Top 20 Beautiful Olive Oyl Films/Scenes page.

"Wolf Reactions" to Olive Oyl - For a fuller description and some pictures, visit the page entitled The Top 20 Wolf Reactions .

Romance

Oddities
 

(Not every category will be applicable to every cartoon.)

 

For more Reviews,

click Rewind With Popeye Part 2.


 
 

Abusement Park

Gym Jam

Klondike Casanova

Me Musical Nephews

Popeye Meets Hercules

Symphony In Spinach

Seein' Red, White, And Blue

Silly Hillbilly

Pre-Hysterical Man

 

Popeye And The Pirates

 


  
 


 
 

Abusement Park 

Popeye and Bluto compete for Olive's affections

at an Amusement Park.

Humor

Popeye has interesting ways of winning the carnival-like tests of strength - ringing church bells and blowing out the light in a lighthouse miles away.

The boys "take turns" (not willingly) necking with Olive in the Tunnel Of Love, with each displaced suitor in turn swimming behind the boat.  Then in a mix-up, Olive ends up in the water while Popeye and Bluto, with their eyes closed, snuggle each other.

Olive has a wild ride being dragged along in back of the car on the roller coaster track.  She takes out an industrial smoke stack and captures a string of circus elephants.  And then she has to endure the guys literally fighting on top of her!

The final pose at the Photo Booth involves the elephants, Popeye, Olive, Bluto, and a mermaid mannequin.

The Final Popeye Trap

He's hanging upside-down from a cross tie in the roller coaster track while Bluto is trying to stomp him off.

Memorable Popeye Stunts

While it's true that a spinach-powered Popeye vanquishes the villain and saves the girl at the end, his most memorable stunts in this picture occur near the beginning and are mentioned in the "Humor" section above.  Popeye also saves Bluto's life at one point, showing what a nice guy he is.

Music

Good background music conveying moods and reactions, including snatches of "Oh, You Beautiful Doll" and "Frankie and Johnny."

Ogling Olive Oyl Opportunities

Ms. Oyl has a cute face and, briefly, some curves when she flirts with Bluto early on, and also has a pretty face at some other points in the film.  And she certainly protects her virtue in this cartoon.

"Wolf Reaction" To Olive Oyl

Not applicable.

Romance

 Bluto and Olive engage in the aforementioned flirting and she and Popeye snuggle, hug, and repeatedly kiss in the Tunnel Of Love.  She also cuddles with Bluto in there, but she thinks she's with Popeye.  Bluto and Olive alone at the Photo Booth are briefly romantic, until he won't take "No" for an answer.  Later, she and Popeye joyfully hug for the final picture.

Oddities

Just how does Popeye go from hanging by his hands right side-up to hanging from his feet upside-down?

One of the cartoons where Bluto, or another of Popeye's rivals, actually saves Olive's life at one point in the cartoon.  Of course, here, it was his fault she was in trouble to begin with, and he went on to cruelly put her in danger again.

This isn't really an oddity, but the scene where the unconscious Popeye sails away with the fake blonde while Bluto tells Olive that Popeye threw her over made a big impression on me when I was young.  I feared for The Sailorman, and remembered the scene clearly down through the decades.

Bluto can put up a fight even after Popeye eats the spinach in this cartoon, at least for awhile.


 
 

Gym Jam 

Bluto disguises himself as a woman and tries to do a Mae West imitation in order to gain entry to Popeye's gym on "Ladies Day" and get a kiss from Olive.

Humor

I like the way Popeye turns his bicycle around while in motion.

Bluto chins himself by standing on the floor, reaching up, and bending the bar down to his chin with his little finger.

Poor Olive gets treated as a punching bag and a basketball.  She can keep herself suspended in the air while doing exercises, though.

The whole concept of Popeye falling for Bluto as a woman is pretty laughable in  itself.

The Final Popeye Trap

Bluto traps him in a steam cabinet, setting it to, "That's All, Brother!" and Popeye shrinks down to the size of a mouse.

Memorable Popeye Stunt

A tiny Popeye dives into his spinach can, eats it, grows back to normal and morphs his arm into a 5,000 pound weight, the better to hit Bluto with.

Music

The usual good job.  "Frankie And Johnny" is used when Bluto makes his entrance.

Ogling Olive Oyl Opportunities

Olive's got a cute face when she's refusing Bluto and in other frames.  She has pretty legs in some quick shots, too.

"Wolf Reaction" To Olive Oyl

Bluto goes through the usual anatomical hysterics, but he also fantasizes that Olive is an angel.

Romance

Olive Oyl is kissing Popeye as he says, "Don't! Stop!" Then both she and he speed up so he's saying, "Don't stop! Don't stop! Don't stop!" and meaning it.  Cute, funny, and romantic at the same time.

Oddities

One of a handful of cartoons where the creators actually let Bluto, or another guy, repeatedly kiss Olive Oyl by using force.  Here, though, he keeps missing her mouth and getting her chin.

The only cartoon I can remember where Bluto dresses up like a woman to get what he wants.  Popeye does it in a couple of toons.

This is one of the few Famous Studios' cartoons in which Olive rejects Bluto from the word "Go."  And Bluto is pretty crude in his attempt to woo her, retrogressing to his Fleischerish bullying, "Hi, Babe, give me a kiss," self.  Maybe not surprising, as this is a remake of the Fleishcher's Vim, Vigor, and Vitaliky.

More than one fan has said that Bluto seemed attractive in drag.  I'm sorry, but I just can't see it!


 

Klondike Casanova

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.

Humor

Popeye and Olive Oyl keep interrupting their musical act to serve customers and do the dishes, as only cartoon characters can.

Everybody 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.

The 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.

Olive tries to escape Dan's amorous advances by suddenly "remembering" she has a Mah Jong appointment.

The seal 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.

The bears 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

He's 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

He 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.

Music

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

This 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.)

Romance

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 Klondike.) 

Of 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 that!

Oddities

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 Olive.

Fans 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.

The Pepsi commercial parody will probably go completely over the heads of today's viewers.

Dan 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!)


 

Me Musical Nephews 

A sleepy Popeye wants his nephews to go to bed, but they want to keep practicing as a band.

Humor

Popeye's quick, truncated, mixed up bedtime story that he tells to the nephews is a classic.

I liked the way the nephews skimped on washing up before bedtime.

The nephews find that they can make music out of bed springs, book pages, toy boats, balloons, and more items around their bedroom.

Popeye plays quite a cat-and-mouse game with the little guys, trying to catch them in the act of playing their song.  He even pops up in a dresser drawer and under a floor board.

The Final Popeye Trap

Not applicable.

Memorable Popeye Stunt

Popeye brings the cartoon to a close, so he can get some peace and quiet, by forcing the "iris" of the "camera" shut and placing himself and his bed outside of it.

Music

Music is a strong point in this cartoon.  The nephews aren't very good at practicing classical pieces, but they are quite the little jazz men.  I like how they experiment with rhythms and sounds, too.

Ogling Olive Oyl Opportunities

Not applicable.

"Wolf Reaction" To Olive Oyl

Not applicable.

Romance

 Not applicable.

Oddities

Popeye and the nephews are aware that they are movie stars.  The nephews pray blessings on the people who come to see their pictures.  Popeye does the stunt mentioned above and then leaps off the movie screen to run through the theater attempting to escape the omnipresent music.  The nephews appear at the front of the theater.

Popeye believes the biblical command to pray for one's enemies.  Here he approves when the nephews ask God to bless Bluto.

This film is an early Famous Studios' black-and-white offering.  Beware of colorized versions!

 


 
 

Popeye Meets Hercules 

Popeye and Olive Oyl, residents of the ancient world for the purposes of this cartoon, go to the stadium to watch the games.  Star Hercules catches Olive's eye and vice versa.  You know what happens next.

Humor

In general, this is a wild, "anything for a laugh" cartoon.

Anachronisms abound, such as the "Fresh Frosh," the musician's union, Zeus lighting up a cigar, and Hercules making an entrance as a boxer/pro wrestler.

The crowd develops a literal yellow streak when challenged by Hercules.  This scene made a big impression on me when I was a kid.

Hercules, holding elephants by their tails, pulls the skins right off of them and Popeye uses the lions as a basketball.

The announcer with the huge voice is really a midget speaking into a massive megaphone.  Olive uses the device to call for Popeye.

The Final Popeye Trap

Hercules grabs Popeye's javelin, causing The Sailorman to accidentally launch himself instead.  Then Hercules throws his own javelin using superstrength.  It hooks Popeye and carries him streaking up through the heavens, giving the gods a close shave in the process.  It finally deposits Popeye on the moon, stranding him there.

Memorable Popeye Stunts

Popeye holds his own against Hercules until the big guy cheats.  A spinach-powered Popeye morphs into a rocket and travels from the moon to the earth, where he proceeds to punch Hercules down to size.

Music

Good "ancient majesty" and "athletic competition" music is used.  When Popeye is on the moon, the background is sad, spooky, and wistful.  The orchestra conveys to us Olive's plight as well.

Ogling Olive Oyl Opportunities

Olive is cute and very feminine as she flirts with Hercules and has an attractive face when she and Popeye lip lock at the end of the cartoon. 

"Wolf Reaction" To Olive Oyl

Olive's floating heart invitation mesmerizes Hercules and leads him over to the lass where he wastes no time starting to woo her.

Romance

Popeye and Olive share a hot dog and end up kissing while Jackson Beck, using a sexy voice as the narrator, comments on their actions.  Then they share one soda pop with two straws, before the scene gets slapsticky.  They also want privacy in order to kiss while riding the centaur as the film closes.

Hercules gives Olive literal goosebumps as he kisses her hand.  And this cartoon has some classic Bluto/Hercules lines:
"Ah, my little goddess, come with me to the coliseum!"
"Ill save ya - for meself!"

Oddities

Befitting a film about Popeye challenging Hercules, mythic creatures abound.  There's centaurs, satyrs, Pan, Zeus, Mercury, Mars, and The Goddess Of Spinach, Spinachia, who helps our hero get the green stuff.  She's built like a Greek goddess, all right, but she has Popeye's face!  Of course, gods do have to appear to us in forms we can comprehend.

Olive seems even more fickle than usual in the toon, switching her affections from Popeye to Hercules and back again at the drop of a hat.

There's a really weird scene with Popeye disappearing from a Hercules' trap and reappearing inside Herc's clothing!  Then Popeye torments the big fellow by going back inside the outfit and popping up again. 

Hercules uses the "bowling alley muscles" to impress the crowd, just as the lifeguard will do in the later film Beach Peach.  And, as in the later film, Vacation With Play, more girls other than Olive are interested in Popeye's rival.  The idea of a guy giving Olive goosebumps was revisited in the very next Popeye cartoon to be released, A Wolf In Sheik's Clothing.

Olive may have swooned over Hercules, but it's Popeye who gets all her kisses.  She kisses him at the beginning of the film, blows him one that comes to life and plants itself on him later on, and gives him two long ones in the final scene.

 


 

Symphony In Spinach

Popeye and Bluto both want to audition for a part in Olive Oyl's band - and for the role of her boyfriend.

Humor

Bluto finds imaginative ways to sabotage Popeye's performances (ex. substituting a saw for a bow, putting a huge piece of rubber over the bell of the tuba).

Olive gets trapped in a tuba.

After Popeye tries to "send" Olive with his music, Bluto makes a pun on the word "send" and mails Popeye away.

The Final Popeye Trap

Our hero is rejected by Olive Oyl (due to his rival's tricks) and then stamped by Bluto and punched down the apartment building's mail chute.  He comes to rest inside the mail collection box in the basement.  Meanwhile, Bluto is alone with a willing Olive (but see "Oddities" below).

This is one trap that I vividly remembered from childhood for some reason.  And I have lived near cities that had old office and apartment buildings and have seen mail chutes.  Every time I happened to spot one, I thought of this cartoon.

Memorable Popeye Stunt

Defeating Bluto while continuously playing a variety of musical instruments (ex. hitting Bluto repeatedly with the slide of a trombone, turning a piano into a harp after Bluto smashes him with it).

Music

Along with romance, music is this cartoon's raison d'etre.  Sexy jazz music is heard as the boys see Olive's picture and as Bluto begins flirting with her.  Throughout the cartoon, Bluto plays variations of "I'm In The Mood For Love" on various instruments.  Popeye does likewise with a sailor's song.  When Bluto finally gets Olive alone at the piano, he plays "Welcome, Sweet Springtime."  Popeye joins in, using lots of instruments, when he comes to Olive's rescue.  At the end of the cartoon, he performs a ragtime version of his theme song as a one man band, utilizing Bluto as a drum set.

Ogling Olive Oyl Opportunities

Olive wears an evening gown and is drawn with a cute or lovely face pretty much from the start of the toon and with curves in some shots.  She's at her Famous Studios' best when she's at the piano with Bluto.  The way she throws herself into the music, letting it move her throughout the cartoon, is  appealing,.  She wears make-up well here, too.

"Wolf Reaction" To Olive Oyl

Both Popeye and Bluto do a delighted double-take when they see Olive's picture in the ad.  Bluto starts to talk about her in the way that guys talk about pretty girls, but Popeye is already running off to take the job.  Bluto quickly joins him.

Romance

Along with music, romance is this cartoon's raison d'etre.  Bluto uses musical instruments to woo Olive as he auditions and she thoroughly enjoys being with him.  In fact, they almost kiss twice before Popeye interrupts.  Bluto uses a violin bow to tickle Olive under the chin and draw her close.  The slide of a trombone brings Olive over to snuggle with Bluto.  Bluto's accordion wraps itself around Olive and puts her in Bluto's arms.  And when they are finally all alone at the piano, Olive flirts using facial expressions and body language while Bluto plays.  (But then, see "Oddities" section.)

Oddities

Our stars often talk in this cartoon without moving their mouths.  It's kind of a throwback to the Fleischer days and has led more than one fan to wonder if originally the cartoon was supposed to have limited dialog.  After all, the music and the images really tell the story.  Perhaps after the film was animated, it was decided to include more spoken lines.

Bluto is in a spiffy business suit in this cartoon while Popeye wears his traditional sailor's garb.  Maybe Popeye needs to read an article on how to dress for job interviews.

The spinach sample that Popeye finds in the mailbox is addressed to Famous Studios.

Olive's change of heart in this episode is disconcerting and seems irrational.  After all, she and Bluto have been gone on each other the whole cartoon, have snuggled and flirted, and come within the width of a sheet of paper of kissing.  Yet after Popeye has been dispatched (with Olive's approval) and the two lovebirds are billing and cooing at the piano, she utterly rejects Bluto when he wants a kiss and slaps him after he plants one on her bare shoulder.  I know some women who feel that Olive probably realized she didn't trust Bluto or even herself without Popeye being around as a third party.  That very well could be, but for years I thought that the creators just suddenly woke up and realized that she was supposed to end up with Popeye at the end, so they made her inexplicably angry at Bluto.

Having Olive's hair get mussed up during her struggle was a nice realistic touch.  I've often wondered how she comes through all she does without becoming disheveled.  Of course, I also wonder how Sheena finds make-up in the jungle and why she applies it to cavort with the animals or stalk villains.

The animation is very strange and limited as Popeye works Bluto over using the trombone.


 
 
 
 
 

Seein' Red, White, And Blue 

Draft dodger Bluto finally sees the error of his ways when he and Popeye uncover a nest of Japanese spies in this WWII cartoon.

Humor

All sorts of wild gags abound in this one.

Popeye disguises a huge weight as a beautiful secretary so that when Bluto holds her, his sham  infirmities will be exposed.

Popeye and Bluto fall beneath the pavement, only to be kicked back up topside by a devil who is himself kicked back below by an angel.

The only thing Adolf Hitler can say is, "B.O." (echoing, I believe, a radio commercial or a radio comedian popular at that time).

To help Bluto spell his name on his enlistment papers, the jailed spies sing a parody of the Jello commercial.

The Final Popeye Trap

Both Bluto and Popeye are worked over by the spies and their dangerous toys.

Memorable Popeye Stunt

He sends a long distance punch overseas to take out Hirohito and Hitler.

Music

Frantic and typical of the late Fleischer/early Famous Studios' period.

The spies sing the famous five notes of the Jello radio commercial.

Ogling Olive Oyl Opportunities

Not applicable.  Miss Oyl doesn't even appear in the cartoon.  After all, there's a war on and our boys have to quit fighting over girls, leave their sweethearts behind, and team up like good Americans to overcome the Axis powers.

"Wolf Reaction" To Olive Oyl

Not applicable.  Bluto does react to Popeye's phony secretary, though.

Romance

 Not applicable.  It's time to make war, not love!

Oddities

Though Segar's comic strip Popeye was never in the armed forces, in the WWII animated cartoons he was in the U.S. Navy.

Popeye eats his spinach and then feeds Bluto some as well and together they defeat the spies.  Earlier, Bluto's delight at having Popeye off his back turns to anger when he realizes the spies are defeating Popeye.  Saying, "They can't do that to the Navy," he wades into the fight.

The spies themselves are portrayed using unfortunate, unflattering racial caricatures.

Not really an oddity, just a piece of info, but this film is in black and white and most of the Famous Studios' library is in color.


 
 
 
 
 

Silly Hillbilly 

Did you hear the one about the traveling salesman?  Well, this time it's Popeye.  He tries to sell "new fangled" gadgets to the backwoods folk and falls for hillbilly Olive, much to the chagrin of mountain man Bluto.

Humor

Olive's portrait comes to life and guards her modesty.

Bluto misunderstands the merchandise and uses a mixer for a razor, cuckoo clocks for a shooting gallery, a radiator for an accordian, and a corset for a hammock.

Popeye gives Olive a beauty treatment (ex. He uses a box with holes cut in it and paintbrush to polish Olive's toenails.).

Bluto uses a vacuum cleaner to suck up literally everything, including Olive.  When Popeye opens the bag, stuff flies everywhere and Olive winds up with a chandelier as part of her hairstyle.

The hillbillies are snoring away until Bluto rallies them and go right back to sleeping after Popeye defeats them.

The Final Popeye Trap

Popeye is scrunched flat to resemble a target, hung on a tree, and fired upon by lots of hillbillies.

Memorable Popeye Stunt

He pulls the ground out from under the hillbillies as if it were a tablecloth and uses it to propel them back to their napping spots.

Music

Popeye, Bluto, and Olive Oyl all sing versions of "There Ain't No Gold In Them Thar Hills" and the orchestra plays effective variations of its own throughout the cartoon.

Ogling Olive Oyl Opportunities

Olive is her happy, enthusiastic self, even singing as she hangs up laundry!  She's drawn to be very cute in this film, both before and after her "beautifying" treatment.  And Olive even gets to do a Marilyn Monroe "Seven Year Itch" scene when her skirt blows upward and shows off her legs.

"Wolf Reaction" To Olive Oyl

Popeye is REAL happy to meet her, letting out a "Wow!" and raising up off the ground.  His eyes pop out of his head toward her, his hat flies off his head, and he kicks his feet in the air.

Romance

 Popeye and Olive Oyl flirt, tickle, and snuggle.  And at the end of the cartoon, there's a kiss that literally generates electricity.

Oddities

At the beginning of the cartoon, Olive Oyl is Bluto's girlfriend!  She jilts him in favor of Popeye.  In fact, in this film, Popeye is the more attentive beau with more sophistication and cooler stuff.  Bluto is the one who is outclassed.  Kind of a role reversal of sorts - except that Bluto never wins Olive back.


 
 
 
 
 

Pre-Hysterical Man 

Olive Oyl falls into a valley that time forgot and meets a caveman who wants her to be his mate.  Popeye joins them and the sparks fly.

Humor

 > The bird wearing an oxygen mask.

> Olive's literal "nylon parachute."

> The welcome mat on the dinosaur's tongue.

> The caveman himself, living in the valley with his Flintstone-like cave apartment, his superior artistic skills, and his knowledge of baseball.

> The double entendre as Popeye hopes Olive isn't over-exposed.

> Olive going through the wall of the caveman's cave after his bed folds up on her.

The Final Popeye Trap

A classic, as Popeye is flattened, scrunched into a small amorphous mass, jammed down into his spinach can, and thrown to a dinosaur chewing its dinner.  The dinosaur picks up Popeye and can with its tongue.  Popeye begins munching on the spinach as the dinosaur munches on him. Then, he's seemingly swallowed before the magic veggie takes effect!

Memorable Popeye Stunts

Poor Popeye gets defeated and manhandled pretty easily by the caveman, but he does manage to best his rival in an impromptu, Bugs Bunny-like game of baseball, and after eating his spinach, manages to divert a waterfall as only a cartoon character can and to take out the caveman and a dinosaur.

Music

>  A romantic standard is playing on the stone phonograph and as the caveman is dragging a giddy Olive to his cave. 

>  The danger music is really effective in this one as it evokes a primitive feeling.

>  When Popeye is snatched by the dinosaur, the music conveys the horror.
 

Ogling Olive Oyl Opportunities

Olive is drawn kind of goofy looking in this cartoon, but in some scenes/frames she has cute face and some curves.  She also has an appealing semi-sultry/semi-giddy "in love" air about her as the caveman is taking her back to his place.  And she lets out a cute, sexy sneeze in the waterfall.

"Wolf Reaction" To Olive Oyl

The caveman's slot machine eyes show us that Olive is a peach of a winner.

Romance

I almost put down "Not Applicable," but Olive's mood as she's being dragged back to her pre-historic beau's place is playful and she has one shoe teasingly half off.  And Olive and the caveman seem to think it's romantic when he clubs her over the head to choose her as his mate.  I, however, don't get off on concussions.  Also, I'm sure the caveman thinks it's romantic to lock Olive in his cave bachelor pad and force himself on her, but some guys don't have a clue, do they?

Oddities

> Popeye is an archeologist in this cartoon!  ("I'm Popeye the archeologist.  I'm Popeye the archeologist.  I'm strong to the Finich, 'cause I..."  Naw!  It doesn't quite have the same ring to it, does it?)

> This is another cartoon where sympathy is built up for Popeye's antagonist.  He lives all alone carving pictures of beautiful women in stone.  (He could have a career as an illustrator if he left the valley!)  He gives his heart to them and then is brought crashingly back down to earth when he realizes they aren't real.  Suddenly, as if in answer to his unspoken prayer, Olive shows up.  He saves her life while Popeye still hasn't' realized that Olive was in danger - or even that she was missing!  (What WAS the sailor, er, I mean archeologist, doing all that time?)  The caveman and Olive Oyl are totally smitten with each other and she's willing to be his mate and go back to his place and then - Popeye shows up to take her away!  The caveman was robbed!

> I don't mean to intrude on their privacy, or be indelicate, but the open mouth kissing that the caveman and Olive do was a type that was forbidden in the movies during the 40s!  I guess animated characters could get away with it, or else the censors were caught napping! 

> The caveman only has one line in the whole cartoon at the end when he says in an Ed Wynnish sort of voice, "Women is the cwaziest people!"
 


 
 
 

Popeye And The Pirates 

Despite Popeye's warning, Olive tries to attract the attention of a pirate ship.  She succeeds admirably.  And then the trouble starts.

Humor

> The literalness of the song "Fifteen Men On A Dead Chest."

> The little Harpo Marx-like pirate.

> Davy Jones in his locker.

> The fish saving Popeye.

> Olive being showered with jewels.

> The "Help, Popeye!" message being contained in the air bubbles.

The Final Popeye Trap

Popeye is chained and weighted down and sunk to Davy Jones' locker.  Mr. Jones promptly kicks him out.

Memorable Popeye Stunts

> Popeye appears in drag and attracts the attention of the males on board the ship!  (Those guys REALLY need glasses!)

> Popeye turns Pierre into a top and uses him to defeat the crew.

> The Sailorman does the typical cartoon character escape thing when he has to walk the plank.

 

Music

>  "Love In Bloom" plays as Pierre woos Olive Oyl throughout the cartoon.

>  Variations of "Sixteen Men On A Dead Man's Chest" are used to heighten suspense.

Ogling Olive Oyl Opportunities

Olive isn't very pretty in this cartoon, but the fact that she gets totally and enthusiastically caught up in her fantasy is appealing.  And she won't let Popeye stop her from following her dream.  (True, the dream turned out to be a nightmare, but still...)  Olive has a bust line in a couple of scenes and a cute enough face in some frames, too.

"Wolf Reaction" To Olive Oyl

Olive is the sight that heals Pierre's sore eye.  In fact, both Pierre's eyeballs, including his blind one, turn into binoculars to give him a closer look at her.  She sets his mustache aquiver, too.  Then he reels Popeye's ship in, welcomes Olive, but throws the ship and Popeye back.

Romance

Most of the "love scenes" in this cartoon are played strictly for laughs with sight gags, puns, and slapstick.  But, Pierre does get to cover Olive's hand, arms, and neck with kisses.  He proposes to her and she seemingly accepts. Some of his lines are very effective:  "Vous est tres jolie, Mademoiselle;"  "Be my mate, Little One, and I will shower you with jewels;"  "When Pierre is making love, he does not wish to be disturbed."  When he takes a willing Olive in his arms, leans her back and says, "And now ze kiss, Cherie...," it's a pretty hot moment.

Oddities

>  A handsomer, slimmed down version of Pierre with both eyes and both of his legs is used later as Popeye's antagonist in Snow Place Like Home where he woos a prettier Olive Oyl.  I also featured him in my fan fiction The French Connection

> Part of the cartoon has been edited long ago for television.  There is an obvious cut as Popeye is shedding his disguise before Pierre reappears.  While fans and animation historians have speculated on what the missing frames contain (ex. Popeye showed too much petticoat, Popeye accidentally throws what he was using as a bust into Pierre's mouth), nobody seems to know for sure. 

> In some cartoons, Popeye can hold his own with the bad guy for awhile without eating any spinach.  Not so here.  Popeye's blows have no effect on Pierre whatsoever. 

>  In an interesting switch, Olive gets rejected by Pierre when he spots drag queen Popeye (like I said, Pierre REALLY needs glasses!).  In fact, Olive only rejects Pierre after he has thrown her over.  Before that, it seems as if he could do anything to her, or to Popeye in front of her, that he wanted.  She never protests when he's turning Popeye into the clapper of a giant bell or making him walk the plank.  Maybe she was just too caught up in the fantasy and romance to notice? 

>  The pirate ship appears out of thin air as if in answer to Olive's wish.


 
 
  
 
 

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