Friday, January 10, 2014

My Fair Popeye

Alas, we're close to the passing of Gus Wickie as the voice of Bluto.  Casting stability will return during the Famous Studio years... but I'm just going to ignore those.  Besides, we've got two more volumes of Fleischer Popeye toons to do!  Anyway, Olive once again finds herself longing for something more, and when she and Popeye pass by Professor Bluteau's School of Etiquette, she wants Popeye to enroll rather immediately.
Olive quickly takes a liking to this Professor Bluteau, and Popeye does what he can to keep up with the lessons.  Alas, Popeye is such a country-fed rube.  Touching at times, but not in the hallowed halls of an institution of higher learning.  Unfortunately, Olive learns some lessons herself about gentlemen when they don't get their way.  It's all right there in GQ magazine.  You just gotta read between the lines!  As usual, Popeye has to save the day before Prof. Bluteau totally wrings out Olive's neck.  He invites Bluteau to step in the other room before the ass-kicking takes place.  The film's first act is ultimately probably my favourite part, as it features a patented Fleischer 3D background of Bluteau's offices.  Also, we see Bluteau eating a banana much like Homer Simpson might.  A banana might be far too healthy for Homer's tastes, however.

-so sayeth The Movie Hooligan

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