Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Dear Sir, I wish to Protest in the Strongest Possible Terms...................

About thirty years before Monty Python addressed the concerns of a freaked-out British public on their show, the creators of Popeye apparently drew inspiration from the fans who wrote in expressing concern rather than admiration.  I wonder if Disney ever had to deal with these kinds of telegrams?  Anyway, we start out It's the Natural Thing to Do with Popeye and Bluto already slugging it out in a mild Fist Tornado where we can see their bodies... does a mild Fist Tornado still qualify as a Fist Tornado?  So many questions.  The fight extends to a pile of lumber, and Olive has to dodge the flying pieces of wood while doing dishes.
And then, the telegram arrives.  Why do the boys always have to fight?  Why can't they act like gentlemen for once?  Why can't they act a little more refined?  The boys are confused.  'Gentleman' and 'refined' aren't in their vocabulary.  This could be harder than turning the Stooges into gentlemen.  But they at least know that it involves more expensive clothes.  Next scene: Popeye and Bluto show up in tux and tails, and Olive's got a fancy dress as well.
Alas, this threesome has no creativity, and they can't think of anything to do other than fighting, so they just sit on chairs and try to think of something to say.  Perhaps they're part of high society already!  Olive rings a bell, and in comes a fat person pedaling a giant dessert cart.  The threesome is given a big stack of plates of various fattening goodies, and one cup of coffee for dunking.  They end up spending a lot of time trying to balance their various stacks of dishes, with semi-hilarious consequences.  To cut to the chase, things get boring, and slowly the boys revert to their fightin' ways.  Bluto even throws a can of spinach to Popeye to really get things cooking the way they were at the start.  "It's the natural thing to do!" the three of them sing, as even Olive joins in on the final Fist Tornado.  Well, what can be said?  These were the dark ages before the creation of Tyler Perry and the VeggieTales, and filmmakers didn't want to risk making boring entertainments.

Commentary: This one has commentary for some reason, and the guy doing it takes a few seconds off here and there, but the commentary's a bit more interesting than the cartoon itself.

-so sayeth The Movie Hooligan

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