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Friday, February 28, 2014
The Spinach Mutiny
Seriously, though, the image montage to the left is probably the best part about Mutiny Ain't Nice. Alas, the Disney-ification of the Fleischer animation studio continues unabated. Well, emulate the best, right? They can't all be like Warner Bros., but I wonder if Disney today wishes it was. What Disney would do with that Batman franchise... Anyway, here's the setup: Popeye's going on a gay cruise... I mean, he's headed out to sea. Olive bids him farewell, then decides she wants to come along. Popeye has to inform her that, on this particular ocean voyage, wimmin's is bad luck. So she stays off the ship... or does she? Screenwriters take note, because this is how it's done. You set up your rules, then you break them. In a clever way, if possible. More true than ever these days. Especially the fun of arbitrage. Bad guys getting the good cops to do their bidding with a cell phone and a kidnapping, that's the stuff. I guess a film like Mutiny Ain't Nice seems trivial by comparison. In the grand scheme of things, you can safely skip over this one as you peruse the Popeye shorts.