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Rewind With Popeye Part II

Reminisce with me as we review

the Famous Studios' cartoons.


 
 
 
 

Last updated 10-24-08. 
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Rewind With Popeye

 

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.)

 

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Nearlyweds

Beach Peach

Mister And Mistletoe

The Island Fling

The Royal Four-Flusher

Cops Is Tops

A Wolf In Sheik's Clothing

Snow Place Like Home

Vacation With Play

 

Beaus Will Be Beaus

 

 
    
 

Nearlyweds 

Popeye and Bluto trick each other out of marrying Olive Oyl.

Humor

Aside from Olive following in the footsteps of Scarlet O'Hara and Carol Burnett by making her wedding gown from something she saw hanging in the window, there's really not much funny about this cartoon at all.  I found Bluto's tricks to get Popeye to turn himself into a wreck while getting ready for the wedding to be obvious and cruel.  And when Popeye turns the tables by coming up with phony vows, he repeats the worst of "the old ball and chain" clichés and stereotypes about marriage so popular in the 40s and 50s, and unfortunately, in some quarters today.  I find them offensive.

The Final Popeye Trap

Popeye has made a fool of himself, has been utterly rejected by Olive, and has to watch as she and Bluto go off happily arm-in-arm to the Justice Of The Peace.  Not my idea of a good time.

Memorable Popeye Stunt

Disguising himself as a Justice Of The Peace and thwarting Bluto without landing a punch or eating any spinach.

Music

Adequate, but nothing really memorable.

Ogling Olive Oyl Opportunities

As befitting a cartoon about her wedding made in the later years of Famous Studios, Olive is beautiful here.  She has a very pretty face as she's trying to choose between Popeye and Bluto and her wedding gown shows off curves.

"Wolf Reaction" To Olive Oyl

Not applicable.

Romance

Despite being about marriage, this isn't really a very romantic cartoon.  Most of the film centers on what Popeye and Bluto do to each other.  Olive could say something romantic in order to choose between the gents, but instead she goes, "Eeeny, Meeny, Meiny, Mo."

Oddities

>  Popeye laughs at the end of this cartoon.  What's he got to laugh about?  True he stopped Bluto and Olive from getting married, but that could be temporary.  Olive has just run after Bluto.  She still wants to marry him!  And Olive and Popeye are still broke up!  So why is The Sailorman chuckling?

>  This is an observation, not really an oddity, but notice that Olive is perfectly willing to marry Bluto.  Those that refer to her as Popeye's girl haven't seen a lot of the Famous Studios cartoons.  And notice that Bluto wants to marry her.  Again, those that picture him as just a guy on the make are forgetting cartoons like this one.


 
 
 
 
 
 

Beach Peach

A libidinous lifeguard moves in on Olive Oyl when she and Popeye visit the beach. 

Humor

 The waves washing the crowd at the beach away and then depositing them back again.

The tattoos coming to life on the lifeguard's chest and blasting Popeye across the beach and then sinking at the end of the film.

Olive taking out the lighthouse when she water skis.

Popeye's method of "artificial perspiration".

The Final Popeye Trap

The lifeguard drains the pool our hero is diving into, so Popeye crashes right through the bottom and is literally flattened.

Memorable Popeye Stunt

The Sailor man doesn't fare too well in this film until spinach helps him morph into a torpedo at the end.

Music

"June In January" is on radio again (see "Oddities").  The music is sassy and/or romantic when Olive and the lifeguard are together and seems to mock Popeye.  "Rule Brittania" plays as the tattoo cannons vanquish Popeye.  Suspenseful "Olive Oyl in trouble"  music plays during the boat and skiing scene.

Ogling Olive Oyl Opportunities

Olive has a cute face during many scenes in this cartoon and more defined legs than usual in some shots.  Plus, if the lifeguard is to be believed, she has quite a figure in her bikini.  She has a great, flirty, enthusiastic personality and she turns against the lifeguard when his evil nature is made manifest.

"Wolf Reaction" To Olive Oyl

A classic combining a whistle, a comment, a stiffened pointing body and eyeballs that leave the head to get a very close look at Ms. Oyl.

Romance

The lifeguard eats a sandwich with the same arm he's got wrapped around a willing Olive to pull her close.  The two of them are REALLY enjoying this scene and giving one another the eye. 

Olive gushes over the fact that her "hero" the lifeguard saved her life.

The lifeguard and Olive flirt at the pool as he shows off his dive.

Oddities

The soundtrack of the radio singer doing "June In January" is reused from Snow Place Like Home in this cartoon.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mister And Mistletoe 

A series holiday cartoon done right, without cloying sentiment, keeping everyone in character. Bluto disguises himself as a handsome Santa Claus to spend Christmas Eve wooing Olive Oyl. 

 

Humor

Humor isn't this cartoon's strong point.  Romance is (see below).  But still, there are some amusing moments:

The very long stocking the last nephew hangs up.

Popeye coming up through the vent and coming between Bluto and Olive as they are about to kiss.

The nephews recognizing Uncle Popeye "Santa".

The Final Popeye Trap

Fooled by Bluto into accepting a stick of dynamite as a candle and being blown out of Olive's house to crash in a pond, where he becomes a frozen Popeye. 

Memorable Popeye Stunt

N/A

Music

A soft, romantic version of "Deck The Halls" is heard when Bluto and Olive are flirting.  When they are together on the couch, a quiet version of "Jingle Bells" plays.  These two songs recur through the whole cartoon in variations.

Ogling Olive Oyl Opportunities

Olive has a cute face and a sexy voice when she and Bluto are together decorating the tree, but it's her personality that's the real appeal in this cartoon.  She's enthusiastically enjoying Christmas, dreaming dreams, and feeling romantic.  She also has a real cute laugh when she sees the mistletoe is hung up.

"Wolf Reaction" To Olive Oyl

N/A, unless you count Bluto's "Merry Christmas, Babe...er, I mean Miss."

Romance

Handsome Santa Bluto greeting Olive by putting his arm around her. 

Bluto and Olive snuggling alone on the couch as he gently and romantically begins reciting "The Night Before Christmas".

The two decorating the tree while flirting with Bluto's arm around Olive.  The following exchange takes place:

Bluto: Ah, my Dear, 'tis a pity Christmas comes but once a year.

Olive: (sexy laugh) Drop by any time at all, Santa!

Oddities

The joke of the symbols for Bluto's pain being used to decorate the tree was first used in the Fleischer cartoon Season's Greetinks.  It was cruel then, it's cruel now.

What are Popeye's nephews doing living with Olive, anyway? 

Popeye seems like a real chump in this cartoon, not only falling for the disguise, but also for every one of Bluto's attempts to get him out of the way.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Island Fling

Castaways Popeye and Olive Oyl wash ashore on ravenously girl-hungry Robinson Crusoe's island.

Humor

 Good. Spoofs of "Girl At Bachelor's Pad"-type situations (including a hilarious intimate dinner situation that having seen, you'll never forget), and Popeye cheerfully overcoming all the obstacles Crusoe puts in his path while never quite getting the painfully obvious fact that Crusoe wants him out of the way in order to make time with Olive. 

The Final Popeye Trap

A good one, which could be pretty gruesome were it not cartoon characters and done with a wink. Popeye gets locked in a treasure chest, pounded to a pulp, and fed to alligators.

Memorable Popeye Stunt

Returning from the hunt.

Music

Mostly variations of "I'm In The Mood For Love" used effectively in the background to convey all sorts of things - desire, suspense, humor, a tongue-in-cheek attitude, a tropical paradise atmosphere, and, of course, romance.

Ogling Olive Oyl Opportunities

Many.  Olive is drawn, as one teenager said who recently saw the film, "much hotter looking than usual" in many scenes/frames of this cartoon. More importantly, her personality is cute and appealing. She coyly flirts with Crusoe and innocently assumes that Crusoe really is inviting her to his place to eat supper and look at his etchings. And even though she enjoys Crusoe's attention and starts falling for him in a big way, when she sees the terrible thing he does to Popeye, she rejects him utterly.

"Wolf Reaction" To Olive Oyl

One of the all-time classics. It just goes on and on.

Romance

Lots of it! A man and a woman together on a tropical island. Crusoe getting everything ready for his date and wanting everything to be perfect. Crusoe giving Olive a warm (to say the least!) welcome on the
beach, and wooing her alone at dinner, on the couch, and in a bungalow.

Oddities

So much of the film's focus and time is spent on Crusoe, that it almost seems as though he is the star. More than one person after seeing the cartoon has said that they felt like rooting for he and Olive to fall in love and that Popeye's timely interruptions whenever the two were coming together seemed more like an annoyance rather than a relief. Crusoe even manages to effectively fight Popeye and belt him away AFTER Popeye has eaten the spinach!!  The creators obviously can't decide whether he's the hero or not either!
 

Due to Jack Mercer's limited schedule while in the armed forces, Mae Questel voiced Popeye in this cartoon!!

The film uses the unfortunate racial stereotypes common in that era to depict the natives of the island, Friday included. As a result, the print now shown on TV is heavily edited, with all traces of those characters gone. Only the very last part of Friday's song remains on the soundtrack. As a result the story jumps around a little and a roller coaster-like bamboo and wood track and a Gilligan's Island-type car seemingly appear from nowhere.

Also, you can't really tell where Popeye and Olive are in the last scene, but your eyes will be riveted on Olive as you incredulously ask, "This is Olive Oyl?!?!", so it won't matter. 

It's interesting that the creators took a heroic protagonist from literature, Robinson Crusoe, and gave the part to Bluto, turning the character into a villain.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Royal Four-Flusher

 

This is the quintessential Famous Studios' Popeye cartoon - sophisticated guy takes Olive Oyl away from an out-classed Popeye, then he shows his true colors and gets too "frisky", Olive calls for help, and Popeye eats his spinach and saves the day.

Humor

 Good, from the Count's cigarette lighter to Olive's eyes rattling around in her head at the top of the flag pole.

The Final Popeye Trap

Nail-biting, as the Count manages to belt Popeye off the skyscraper, effectively separating our hero from his spinach.

Memorable Popeye Stunt

Cutting the skyscraper down to size.

Music

 Very romantic courtly music plays as the Count woos Olive Oyl, and when he's chopping down the flag pole, the music helps him and conveys urgency and Olive's plight.

Ogling Olive Oyl Opportunities

Olive is cute in several scenes/frames of this picture and isn't in others, but
once she gets to the penthouse, she acts downright sexy, swooning over, and modeling, the mink coat. And when she's on the flagpole, the creators have drawn her with a very pretty face, giving her the wide-eyes and lashes of later cartoons while in the rest of this film her eyes are just two black dots.   Granted this was done in order to pull off a gag (see "Humor" section above), but it still has the effect of enhancing Olive's appeal.  I know one guy, who's not crazy over Olive like I am, who, nonetheless, increased his rating of this cartoon by a star just because Olive was drawn as such a "babe" on that flagpole. One thing that detracts from Ms. Oyl in this cartoon, though, is that she's cruel to Popeye at points.

"Wolf Reaction" To Olive Oyl

Good, if short. (See "Oddities" below)

Romance

Tons of it as the Count gives Olive such a passionate kiss on the lips that it lifts her off the ground, and then proceeds to successfully woo her as they spend an enjoyable day in the park together, finally inviting the willing Miss up to his penthouse where he impresses her with his wealth and offers her a mink coat.

Oddities

The "Wolf Reaction" seems as though it was cut off somehow. Did the censors think it was a bit much?

More than one viewer has been shocked at the way the cartoon turns out. The Count had really won Olive Oyl, until he tricks her with the coat and traps her in the straight jacket. Why does he do this? There was no reason to. He was only a candlelight dinner away from necking with Olive anyway, but, no, he has to rush things along and push Olive harder than anyone should on a first date. Of course, the creators had to do something to make sure Olive ended up back with Popeye. And women have assured me that they know guys just like the Count. The whole idea of Olive in a straight jacket as the wolf advances on her alone in his penthouse is kind of creepy, though, and sounds like it was taken from the sexual harassment trials of today. Too bad all victims don't have a Popeye who will run to their aid.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Cops Is Tops

Olive Oyl becomes a policewoman, and Popeye, doubting her abilities, secretly follows along on her beat in order to protect her. However, she's very competent, and by the end of the cartoon, each appreciates the other.

 

Humor

 It's fun to see how Olive Oyl handles each crisis that comes up and to have Popeye keep failing while she succeeds.

The Final Popeye Trap

He's in jail, but not much suspense is generated.

Memorable Popeye Stunt

Morphing his arm into a jackhammer.

Music

Another fine job of conveying all the emotions involved and enhancing the action.

Ogling Olive Oyl Opportunities

One of the all-time classics!! Olive Oyl, with an hour-glass figure and her face nicely made-up, does "a Claudette Colbert", striking a seductive pose and hitching up her skirt to show off her pretty legs and stop traffic. She also has a figure in other quick bits of the cartoon, as well as a cute face at times.

"Wolf Reaction" To Olive Oyl

In this film, we get two for the price of one. The bank robber cracks up his car over her and the hulking scofflaw wants a kiss.

Romance

Not Applicable.

Oddities

For once Jackson Beck doesn't voice the main villain, so someone else gets to say, "How about a kiss, Babe?" He does voice the robber, though, and exclaims, "What a doll!"

This is sort of a pre-Women's Lib feminist tale, although, since it was written in the 50s, Popeye does have to save Olive at the end.


 
 
 
 
 
 

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A Wolf In Sheik's Clothing

On a desert trip, Olive Oyl has her dream come true when a sheik sweeps her off her feet - unfortunately for Popeye.

Humor

 One outrageous gag follows another in rapid succession from the camel getting "filled up," to the literal "Wash Room," to the taxi, to the "flat tire," to the shadow with the umbrella, to the goosebumps, to the "Sheik At Work" sign, and more!

The Final Popeye Trap

He's wrapped up as a mummy, loaded into a cannon, and shot into the mouth of The Sphinx, where he's entombed deep within.  His escape, including hieroglyphic characters suddenly forming the word "spinach," is one that made a big impression on me as a child.

Memorable Popeye Stunts

Cooking the giant bird's goose (see "Oddities" below) and zipping the crocodile's mouth shut.

Music

Good use of exotic Arabian desert themes conveying atmosphere, romance, longing, excitement, and danger.  An Arabian version of Popeye's theme song is also heard at points throughout the cartoon.  For a look at how the music seems to be rooting for them sheik, instead of Popeye, go to my Were The Creators On Bluto's Side? page.

Ogling Olive Oyl Opportunities

The creators made Ms. Oyl very appealing of face and form in many places throughout this cartoon.  Olive also has a sexy/flirty personality as she gets lost in her romantic daydream, comes on to the sheik, arrives at his tent bowing before him in a scene where the movement is so smooth and natural that it almost looks roto-scoped.  Olive's voice is dreamy, enraptured, teasing, breathy, and even Mae West-like as she and the sheik attract and fall for each other during the cartoon.

"Wolf Reaction" To Olive Oyl

Not only does the sheik go through the usual anatomical antics, he also uses super speed to set up the kissing booth which will set him up with Olive.

Romance

This film is about as romantic as a gag-filled cartoon can get.  A fantasy comes true, a sheik carries the young woman across the desert sands to be his mate, he welcomes her to his palatial abode, giving her rich gifts, and Olive Oyl is completely willing to have him, in her words, "...kiss me to pieces and leave me so weak."  The sheik himself is extremely ready, willing, and able.

Oddities

Gags are repeated from earlier cartoons:

The defeat of the giant bird is from the Fleischer two-reeler, Popeye The Sailor Meets Sinbad The Sailor;

Olive charmed by music is from The Fistic Mystic;

Olive getting goosebumps is from the cartoon immediately released before this one, Popeye Meets Hercules.  I guess 1948 was a good year for guys giving Olive goosebumps!

Yet another cartoon in which it's very easy to start rooting for the sheik instead of Popeye.  Partly this is because the film spends so much time showing us the sheik and Olive alone, uninterrupted, and enjoying each other.  Partly it's because the sheik and Olive are much hotter together (a desert pun) than Ms. Oyl and Popeye ever were.  But also, it's because Popeye had his chance with Olive in this cartoon and he blew it!!  As the cartoon opens, Olive lets Popeye know that she's feeling romantic.  His response?  He makes a pun and goes off without a backward glance to indulge himself in a bath.  And he's not trying to get clean to be close to Olive, because after the bath, he gives every indication that he just wants to continue on their journey.  Meanwhile, Olive has found the more receptive sheik and has implicitly accepted his proposal to be his mate.  When Popeye finally appears on the scene, it seems as it he's cutting in on another guy's girl.  He doesn't seem heroic, but annoying.

The sheik misses his first perfect opportunity to kiss Olive on the lips.  Go to the Top Ten Reasons Why Bluto Is An Idiot page to get my reaction to that.


 
 
 
 

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Snow Place Like Home 

Beach vacationers Popeye and Olive Oyl are blown by a freak storm to the North Pole where they meet Pierre the fur trader, who has "the hots" (literally - see "Wolf Reaction"  below) for Olive.

Humor

 Another cartoon chock full of gags.  My favorites from my youth:

 
- The radio voice sneezing at the North Pole.

- The fact that the Northern Lights are really just Pierre's neon sign.

- Pierre giving out fans and ice cream cones to Eskimos as a "fair price" for their furs.

- Popeye getting the bear's coat and, later, the bear getting Pierre's coat.

- The seal falling for Popeye.

- The penguin with "Miami Or Bust" flashing on his belly.

The Final Popeye Trap

Our hero is clamped down in a giant bear trap.  The trap is tied to a harpoon, which Pierre fires from a gun.  The harpoon and trap go hurtling out over the ocean where they are spotted by a hungry whale who opens his mouth wide, intercepts and swallows them whole.

Memorable Popeye Stunt

Blowing up the whale.  (Sorry, Greenpeace!)

Music

"June In January" and variations are used as a romantic theme.  For a look at how the orchestra may have been secretly rooting for Pierre and Olive Oyl to get together, go to my page that asks: Were The Creators On Bluto's Side?  Good, suspenseful, "heroes in jeopardy" music used at end of cartoon.

Ogling Olive Oyl Opportunities

Although Ms. Oyl is drawn in parts of this cartoon in a manner reminiscent of her less attractive days, in other scenes she has a very cute face and/or a form-fitting fur coat that fits quite a form.  Also, while she enjoys Pierre's attentions, once he shows his true nature by getting violent with Popeye in front of her, she rejects him.  Way to go, Olive!

"Wolf Reaction" To Olive Oyl

One of the classics!  Pierre's hot gaze melts the ice that imprisons a bikinied Olive Oyl.

Romance

Olive gushing over the fur coat, Olive Oyl and Pierre primping for their date, and the two of them being cute and flirting with the bubble gum are all very romantic moments, though in this cartoon, the romance doesn't get in the way of the laughs.

Oddities


When you watch the cartoon, notice how Olive's body inexplicably changes positions in the ice from scene to scene. 

A form of hot-blooded, French lover Pierre first appeared in 1947's Popeye And The Pirates.  He reappears in a fan fiction story I wrote, "The French Connection," on the Olive Oyl Fan Fiction page.

Olive struts around in a fur coat just like in The Royal Four-Flusher released a year earlier.  (Thanks to The Professor for this one.)


 
 
 
 

Vacation With Play 

At a resort, the athletics director wants to give Olive Oyl some private lessons.

Humor

Laughs aren't really this cartoon's strong suit, but I did enjoy Popeye's 18 holes-in-one, the squirrels' antics, and Olive on the end of the fishing line.

The Final Popeye Trap

Popeye is knocked unconscious by Bluto's literal "cannonball serve" and is oblivious to the squirrels' warnings that Bluto is trying to kiss Olive Oyl and unmindful of her cries for help.

Memorable Popeye Stunt

The aforementioned 18 holes-in-one.

Music

Usual effective job of conveying moods and situations.  Bluto get to sing, "I'm In The Mood For Love," while accompanying  himself on the guitar.  Go to my Were The Creators On Bluto's Side? page for a look at how the orchestra in this cartoon seems to want Bluto and Olive to get together.  And they aren't the only ones (see "Oddities" below).

Ogling Olive Oyl Opportunities

A classic moment as a really doll-faced Olive strikes a pose, catches Bluto's eye, and gives him the green light at the pool.  She has a cute face at other points in the film as well and, sometimes, slightly prettier legs than usual as well.  Her personality is very attractive in this cartoon as she's so enthusiastically full of life and throws herself into whatever she's doing with joyful abandon.  She know how to flirt, too.  And while it's true that she's mean to Popeye, in this cartoon, he deserves it (see "Oddities" below)!!

"Wolf Reaction" To Olive Oyl

A love-struck Bluto picks Olive out of a line-up of beauties near the pool.

Romance

This IS the cartoon's strong suit.  The film is full of romantic moments: Olive purposefully attracting Bluto's attention; Bluto using sports lessons and equipment to flirt with Olive and hold her close; two people acting like they are falling in love because they so enjoy each other's company and the day's activities; a tennis scene that is as charged with delightful sexual tension as any scene from a Popeye cartoon (and many scenes from live-action movies as well); Bluto serenading a swooning Olive Oyl on a canoe ride for two. 

Oddities

The Popeye Universe sure has a different way to keep score in tennis than we do!  It's a cute, exciting scene and lets Bluto and the creators make the "Love" pun, but still...!

Popeye seems like a villain in this cartoon!  He keeps horning in on another guy's private lessons/date with Olive Oyl, when neither of the couple wants him to.  Earlier in the cartoon, Olive invited Popeye to spend time with her.  He snubbed her, supposedly because he was "tired," so she went off and found another guy.  But superstunts never tire Popeye out and as soon as he sees she's with Bluto, he has plenty of energy!  And then, at the end of the cartoon, when Popeye has Olive all to himself again, he goes back to ignoring her and putting as little effort into the relationship as he possibly can.

From Bluto's (and many viewers') perspective, there's absolutely no reason for Olive to have started yelling for help.  It just seems as though the creators woke up and said, "Oops!  Olive's supposed to end up with Popeye!"  However, to see things from Ms. Oyl's perspective, go to the "Once In Love With Olive" section in my sex, popeyes, and video tape article.


 
 
 
 

Beaus Will Be Beaus 

The ever optimistic Olive Oyl believes that she and her two suitors will be able to spend a fun day at the beach together, if only Popeye and Bluto promise not to fight.  We viewers are realists, though, and know better.  Sure enough, Bluto is soon tricking Popeye into breaking his promise.

Humor

Certain bits from this cartoon have stayed with me since childhood:

- Bluto sabotaging the car so that the back half of the body, including the seat containing Popeye, remains behind while he and Olive motor to the sea shore.

- Bluto nailing Popeye into the dressing room and The Sailorman escaping by tunneling out to the beach.

- Popeye high diving into a bucket and then having his head retain the shape of the bucket.

The Final Popeye Trap

Bluto slingshots Popeye way across the beach and he becomes trapped within a piece of boardwalk, as though he was in Puritan stocks.  Olive, who is angry at Popeye, happily goes off with Bluto. 

Memorable Popeye Stunt

Popeye feeds Bluto the spinach in order to turn his rival into an uncontrolled fighting machine.  He then jumps in front of Bluto and lets himself take a ferocious beating in order to gain Olive's sympathy.

Music

I listed this cartoon in my "Were The Creators On Bluto's Side" section, because upbeat "everything's moving along nicely and is just swell" music plays several times when Bluto and Olive are going off together.  And when he gives her an intimate swimming lesson, romantic music plays in the background.

Ogling Olive Oyl Opportunities

Ms. Oyl is very attractive in this cartoon with her desire for peace and integrity, her enjoyment of the day at the beach and of wooing, her feminine walk and actions, her cute face, and her two-piece bathing suit which, in some scenes, shows off her assets.

"Wolf Reaction" To Olive Oyl

Not applicable.

Romance

This is one of the most romantic of all the Famous Studios' cartoons.  Bluto and Olive Oyl spend most of the film holding hands, snuggling, or walking together arm-in-arm or hand-in-hand.  And Olive happily and readily responds to everything Bluto does.  He gallantly and tenderly helps an appreciative Olive out of the car and she decidedly answers non-verbally his question, "Isn't the beach romantic, Olive?"  She allows him to get very familiar during a "swimming lesson" and accepts his invitation to a dinner date.  In fact, Bluto and Olive getting ready for their date after having thoroughly enjoyed the day they spent together is, to my mind, one of the most, if not THE MOST, romantic thing to ever appear in a Popeye toon.  And it's not like our hero misses out on the loving either.  In a classic ending, Olive covers Popeye with kisses.

Oddities

This cartoon was called "Popeye's Promise" when it was in production.

Olive Oyl takes out a spinach-powered Bluto with ONE PUNCH!  Makes you wonder why she has to yell, "Help, Popeye," in the other films.

Why doesn't Olive notice that the back of the car is missing?  Or maybe she notices but doesn't care.  After all, she sure seems to favor Bluto until the end of the cartoon.

Speaking of Bluto and the car, doesn't it seem like he's sort of a car thief in this cartoon? 

Olive must have learned to swim and dive between Beach Peach and this cartoon.  In the earlier film, she was afraid of the water.


 

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