A valuable railroad franchise is the grand prize in the race between Popeye's "Onion Pacific" locomotive and Bluto's "Sudden Pacific" streamliner. Cheating as usual, Bluto manages to get a head start, only to find out he has accidentally taken Olive Oyl (who'd shown up to bestow a kiss upon the winner of the race) along for the ride. Though Olive is put to work stoking the "Sudden Pacific" engine, Popeye manages to build up a full head of steam all by himself, and before long the two trains are neck and neck. Alas, Bluto still has plenty of tricks up his sleeve, forcing Popeye to fuel the "Onion Pacific" with good ol' spinach power. Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
After a false start in 1937's Goonland, Popeye's 99-year-old father Poopdeck Pappy makes his "official" cartoon debut in this entry. Singing his signature tune, Pappy comes upon his son Popeye, who is busily building a boat. Despite his age and infirmities, Pappy grabs a hammer and saw and insists upon lending his son a helping hand. Alas, after a few hours the boat is in a shambles and Pappy is fast asleep--forcing Popeye to do some quick thinking to save his dear old dad from humiliation. Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
After giving his "adoptid infink" Swee'pea a spanking (albeit a very gentle one), Popeye sends the naughty youngster to bed without his supper. Before long, however, Popeye is suffering from the pangs of his conscience, which in time-honored cartoon fashion has split into "Good" and "Evil" mirror images. Ultimately, "Good" wins out, and Popeye contritely heads to Swee'pea's room to apologize--only to discover that the kid has run away, and is presently crawling up a dangerously narrow mountain road. This "Popeye" entry marks the return of the traditional "ship-door" opening credits, after four experimental cartoons in which "customized" credit titles were superimposed over the action. Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
After years of courting his sweetheart Olive Oyl, Popeye finally works up the nerve to pop the question. Coyly, Olive sends Popeye on his way, promising to give him her answer in the morning. Alas, all hopes for future marital bliss are dashed when Olive has a terrible nightmare, in which she finds herself at the mercy of Popeye's capricious--and combative--lookalike sons Pip-Eye, Pep-Eye, ******-Eye and Pup-Eye (who of course would show up in future cartoons cast as Popeye's nephews). "Wimmen Is a Myskery" was remade in 1954 as Bride and Gloom. Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
Arriving at the Spinach Theater to star in a musical version of "Romeo and Juliet", that eminent tragedian Bluto discovers that he has been fired and Popeye has been hired in his place. For the rest of the cartoon, Bluto does everything in his power to sabotage the performance, as "Romeo" Popeye and "Juliet" Olive Oyl bravely soldier on. Ultimately, Popeye dons female drag and chews his spinach to ring down the curtain on Bluto permanently. Throughout the action, the three principals sing (?) to the tune of the famous aria "M'appari Tutt'Amor", from Frederick Von Flotow's opera "Martha." Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
As Olive Oyl reads a ghost story to Popeye and Bluto, the two antagonists suffer in silence, each wishing that the other would go home. Finally, Bluto bids everyone good night--but only so that he can set in motion an elaborate practical joke, one that he hopes will scare Popeye away permanently. Within a few minutes, Popeye and Olive find themselves stranded in a "haunted" house seemingly filled to the rafters with malevolent spirits...and it's all the handiwork of the capricious Bluto. Ghosks is the Bunk was remade in 1954 as Fright to the Finish.
- Kids and Family
- Genie in a Bottle
- 03 hr 38 min
- French , English
- June 17, 2008
- Jack Mercer
- Dave Fleischer
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