Saturday, January 25, 2014

Next Popeye: hoh boy....

As with I Yam What I Yam, this next Popeye cartoon's about Native Americans.  Yup.  And as you probably guessed, it's a bit less than flattering at best and outright racist at worst, so I should probably skip over this one entirely.
On the other hand... circumstances thrust Olive Oyl into the spotlight.  As it happens, Big Chief Ugh-Amugh-Ugh's tribe apparently is just a sausage fest.  They need a "princess"... are there princesses in the Native American culture?  I mean, besides Irene Bedard.  As it turns out... Olive likes the way she's treated!  She is lavished with gifts and given her own headband.  But her trip to the honeymoon teepee is cut short by Popeye, who instead must prove himself to be as manly as the rest of the Indians.  With the help of his spinach, Popeye puts his own spinach-induced spin on their feats of strength, and hits the Chief hard enough to earn his respect without killing him.
Alas, it's the last cartoon with the great Gus Wickie as the voice of Bluto, or in this instance, the Bluto-type.  The improvisation won't ever quite be the same.  So while I can't speak to the racial overtones and undertones of these cartoons like an intellectual, they're at least more respectful than some of those Warner Bros. cartoons where Porky Pig fights Indians!  At the very least, Popeye likes the headbands.  In his world, those are worth winning.

-so sayeth The Movie Hooligan

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