Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Thanks for the Pepperoni

Compared to the previous Popeye cartoon, where he was trying to keep something in the house, now we find Popeye trying to keep something out.  It's the second and possibly final appearance of The Jeep in our next Popeye short entitled Popeye presents Eugene, The Jeep.  And after you watch it, spoiler alert, you might be tempted to add "reluctantly" to that title.
Now, first of all... the clean slate.  It's rising in popularity at our multiplexes, what with The Giver and The Maze Runner featuring them prominently in their plot synopses.  Characters are getting their memories erased again, and probably not in a comedic way with the Men in Black neuralyzer.  In the case of Popeye, he gets a serious erasure job here.  Pinto Colvig must be on loan again from Disney as he clearly voices the Goofy-esque delivery man who drops off a package at landlubber Popeye's porch.  C'mon, Popeye.  The houseboat not good enough for ya anymore, Mr. Fancypants?
And so, the Jeep arrives in a rather airtight box with a note from Olive.  You know, it wasn't so long ago that it was Popeye introducing the Jeep to Olive.  I guess the event was a little underwhelming for all concerned.  Not enough to merit the Jeep's own mini-series, anyway.  And so, the Jeep comes with a note from Olive.  The note reads.....

Happy Birthday (pronounced 'boithday', of course!) Popeye.  This is Eugene the Jeep from Olive.

The note continues on the other side...

P.S. Be sure he sleeps outdoors at night.  O

Well, even Shakespeare's best plays had less plot.  And so, like the Gremlins, we have our parameters for a raucous comedy of errors to take place.  I seem to remember the Pink Panther having similar troubles... anyone else?  ...Pink Z-Z-Z!  That's it!!!  God bless you, Hausmieten Potiori, and I apologize for thinking your site was merely a placeholder until someone paid for the domain.
For some reason, I hate to spoil this one with an exhaustive play-by-play.  Needles to say, Popeye's mood changes from joyous to downright mean, as he ends up vacuuming up the Jeep, taking the vacuum bag outside and pitching it over the neighbour's fence.  The Jeep in the bag starts chasing Popeye back to the house.  Popeye starts quickening his pace, muttering to himself "I gotta get inside before he does...," thereby inspiring the 1987 Canadian classic, The Cat Came Back.  We never do find out what happens if the Jeep sleeps indoors.  Maybe it has bladder control problems or something.  But it's immaterial and irrelevant, because Popeye ends up on the porch his own damn self in the bed he made for the Jeep.  Popeye forgot that the Jeep can transcend time and space, disappear and reappear and walk through walls.  Kinda like Pat Robertson!  And, of course, like all good pets, the Jeep eventually materializes in the bed outside next to Popeye.  There's a metaphor there someplace; maybe a simile or two...
I seem to recall seeing this one on TV once or twice, and it's a perfect one for it.  Simple storyline, nothing too off the beaten path like that one where Popeye meets William Tell, for God's sake.  TV's all about conformity, right?

-so sayeth The Movie Hooligan

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