Friday, March 28, 2014

Hey Bluto, can't you hear all the noise? It's for you!!!

Sorry, an Electric Light Orchestra reference.  Yes, boy Bluto is back in Customers Wanted, and a more generic title you may not find.  And in that spirit, the plot of this Popeye short's pretty simple too.  Someone pines for the days of penny arcade moviolas for one viewer at a time.  The viewer this time?  Wimpy, of course.  Popeye and Bluto expend a lot of energy trying to woo this one non-cash customer with old clips from previous Popeye cartoons.  And in a way, it's a precursor to CNN: Bluto shows a heavily edited clip of his exploits, after which Popeye gets a turn.  Bluto needs every advantage he can get; Popeye's got a higher power on his side.  God?  Congress?  Paramount Pictures?  Who can say?  Clearly his power is used rather narrowly in the endless pursuit of humiliating Bluto.  Of course, Wimpy proves himself to be the ultimate showman at the end when tensions between Popeye and Bluto become too great, and they start beating each other up, destroying both penny arcades in the process.  Wimpy starts raking in the dough, billing this fight as the "Battle of the Century."  Charge a low enough price and you'll get more customers.  That's just economics!
Oh right... I should probably actually watch this one again rather than remember it from memory... You know, Wimpy brings to mind Walt Disney during this time when he was still solidifying his empire, squeezing out the smaller players like the Fleischers.  Borrowing all the money he can, and making sure he collected any and all that came his way, and holding on to it real tight.  This was before he helped the government root out any whiff of Communism, at least in the Disney company's ranks.  But let's try to focus on the positive, like Bluto's new voice... no, I guess that's negative too.  There's one moment here when Popeye so swells with pride, his body is overcome with a variant of rigor mortis.  Fortunately, Bluto, the nice guy that he is, snaps Popeye out of it.  Later on, Bluto is so overcome with laughter having tricked Popeye again, he stands on another one of those "Test Your Strength" games that are kind of an unspoken staple of these here Popeye cartoons.  After Bluto flies up, hits the bell with his head, then comes back down to Earth, Bluto IMMEDIATELY gets into a Fist Tornado with Popeye.  LOL.  Now, c'mon... even the most anti-bully among you's gotta like that a little, if only a little?

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-so sayeth The Movie Hooligan

3 comments:

Aaryon W Bradshaw said...

U should think Santa Muerte so now what u going to do move and let next one have ur place in linr

Aaryon W Bradshaw said...

U should think Santa Muerte so now what u going to do move and let next one have ur place in linr

The Movie Hooligan said...

First of all... yeah, I couldn't agree more. "Customers Wanted" is one of the classics. And second, you're telling me the Grim Reaper has issues with my little blog? Is there a Blog Reaper that kinda keeps internet content moving along if it gets too old and stale? And does it focus strictly on Wordpress stuff? MUERTE TO WORDPRESS AND ALL ITS DOUCHEY INCARNATIONS!!!!!