Thursday, May 22, 2014

Wherefore Art Thou, Spinach?

Time for another musical.  This one's called Shakespearean Spinach and, as you can probably guess, only Romeo and Juliet will do for the modern love story that is Olive and Popeye.  Why do the cartoons stay away from the likes of Hamlet, Richard the Third and Titus Andronicus, one of Shakespeare's rare pornos?
Incidentally, I want to take this opportunity to give a shout out to my high school English teacher who taught us that "wherefore" actually means why and that it's not short for where.  Not that it makes much difference now.  Seems like in all these cartoons, and probably some movies, Juliet will go "Wherefore art thou, Romeo?" and of course, Romeo will make his grand entrance.  "Oh!  Here I am!" he exclaims.  No different from the instant case.  It's kind of a tradition in and of itself now!
The plot of Shakespearean Spinach is much less complicated than Romeo and Juliet.  Bluto arrives at the theater to discover that Popeye has replaced him as Romeo.  It's a tad confusing, because Bluto looks like he's dressed to watch the play, not to star in it.  Alas, a lesser person would have just gone home, but not Bluto, who decides to stay and take out his frustrations on everybody.  And really, don't we need more of that in the world as it is?  Besides, Bluto helps out as well!  There's about fifty curtains to pull up on the stage, one of which looks like a giant pair of pants.  Lol.
Anyway, you can kinda guess the rest.  A great battle rages between Popeye and Bluto.  Bluto gets the upper hand at first, but Popeye gets saved by some spinach, and this time it's not in his shirt pocket!  I hate to spoil that surprise.  We actually see the audience at one point, who watch Bluto as though he were the tennis ball at a tennis match.  The audience eventually gets whiplash watching Bluto as Popeye works out on him.  As usual as of late, Olive gets lost in the shuffle.  The Fleischer Orchestra has to play slow at first, but then things get more peppy.

-so sayeth The Movie Hooligan

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