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I could just kiss you for this.
posted by maryh at 10:51 PM on August 1, 2007


Fifth link wins.

"I'll gladly pay you tuesday for a cheeseI'M THE JUGGERNAUT BITCH"
posted by tehloki at 11:13 PM on August 1, 2007


Popeye the antifascist
posted by Abiezer at 11:19 PM on August 1, 2007


There is a place in history for Oswald, Felix, maybe even that mouse character, whatever his name was, but Popeye was the finest of the Black and White 'toons.
Personal favorite: Goonalnd,
posted by lekvar at 11:19 PM on August 1, 2007 [1 favorite]


Some really cool stuff from the first link, in order of appearance: holographic objects, ship's method of lowering itself to the dock, Olive Oil's fierceness, peacock gate, sequence of labels on the carnival game, atypical Betty Boop, bird-as-scissors, crazy train junction.
posted by treepour at 11:31 PM on August 1, 2007


I bet one legend that keeps recurring throughout history, in every culture, is the story of Popeye.
posted by funkbrain at 12:00 AM on August 2, 2007 [2 favorites]


Another personal favorite: Popeye The Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves.
The animation is excellent, and pay particular attention to the voice actors' improvisations throughout.
posted by lekvar at 12:17 AM on August 2, 2007


Is it wrong that I used to fantasize (in elementary school, mind you) that I was Olive Oyl?
posted by amyms at 12:23 AM on August 2, 2007


Popeye was the finest of the Black and White 'toons.

Popeye has always been my favourite of *all* the toons, regardless of media.

Personal favourites are Clean Shaven Man and Brotherly Love. (Sadly, I can't find an online version of this last one.)

Anything where Olive Oyl's singing is featured is just fine by me. I loves me some skinny woman jazz.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 12:29 AM on August 2, 2007


The Fleischer Brothers fucking RULE.
posted by dhammond at 1:03 AM on August 2, 2007


Is it wrong that I used to fantasize (in elementary school, mind you) that I was Olive Oyl?

Fantasizing about being Olive is just fine. Fantasizing about doing Olive -- not quite so fine.

Though it's an easy one to meet. Ten bucks to Scotty and the woman of you dreams can be right there in your arms.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 3:03 AM on August 2, 2007


Who can sock like dynamite? Who can love like he can fight?
Popeye! Popeye! What a sailor man!
posted by The White Hat at 3:45 AM on August 2, 2007


... why doesn't the inline youtube viewer work for the last link?
posted by yeoz at 5:17 AM on August 2, 2007


Popeye always creeped me out. I mean, I know it was the early to mid 20th Century, pre-women's movement, but I never understood Olive Oyl's willingness to be dragged on over to Bluto's pad. And generally she was dragged, no? The whole Popeye/Bluto/Olive Oyl dynamic just seemed so creepy to me, even as a kid. And then, somone was smoking some serious PCP with that wacky island character with the penis for a nose. What was his name?
posted by spicynuts at 6:53 AM on August 2, 2007


Most of the older Popeye cartoons have long been unavailable due to a rights dispute between King Features and Paramount Pictures.

This is why Youtube is wonderful.
posted by redhanrahan at 8:49 AM on August 2, 2007 [2 favorites]


The early, black-and-white Popeye cartoons are the best. The Fleischer shorts were much jazzier in tempo and tone than the stuff put out by the other animation houses, mostly because they were based out of New York, rather than L.A. or Kansas City (early Disney). Also, whereas most cartoons of the time were animated to pre-recorded dialogue, the Fleischers recorded their dialogue only after the animation work was complete, allowing their voice actors to improvise much more during the dubbing process. That's why Popeye and Bluto mumble so much, and why characters' mouths don't really move all that often.
posted by Atom Eyes at 9:11 AM on August 2, 2007 [1 favorite]


These cartoons make shout at the tv "DUDE! SHE'S TAKEN. MOVE ON. SHE'S NOT EVEN THAT HOT... " followed by "DUDE, THATS RAPE IN MOST STATES"
posted by subaruwrx at 12:44 PM on August 2, 2007


The early, black-and-white Popeye cartoons are the best. The Fleischer shorts were much jazzier in tempo and tone than the stuff put out by the other animation houses

Strongly agreed. I was a big Popeye fan in my youth but only of the Fleischer stuff. The later stuff was bland but as soon as I saw that opening with credits on a boat, I knew my next few minutes were booked.
posted by vacapinta at 1:21 PM on August 2, 2007


I mean, I know it was the early to mid 20th Century, pre-women's movement, but I never understood Olive Oyl's willingness to be dragged on over to Bluto's pad. And generally she was dragged, no?

I havent yet watched the links, but my memory was that Olive Oyl was always tearing Bluto a new one as she cried help and protested. Fists like jackhammers and feet blurring in their kick-tensity. Olive could hold her own and had Popeye and Bluto working hard for her attentions. She was no weak sister.
posted by djrock3k at 1:50 PM on August 2, 2007


PeterMcDermott, Brotherly Love... isn't that the one where all three of them are gamely trying hard to get along, but over time the facade if it collapses, and they realize the like beating the hell out of each other, and getting beaten up?
posted by JHarris at 2:22 PM on August 2, 2007


Most of the older Popeye cartoons have long been unavailable due to a rights dispute between King Features and Paramount Pictures.

This is why Youtube is wonderful.


Or... you could just buy the DVD set that just came out and y'know, support the things you like. :-)
posted by davros42 at 4:17 PM on August 2, 2007


I was surprised a few years back to learn where "I [y]am what I [y]am" comes from: 1st Corinthians,15
posted by MtDewd at 4:23 PM on August 2, 2007


MtDewd, I can tell you never smoked weed in college, or you'd have figured out a long time ago that Popeye is a thinly-disguised metaphor for Christian cosmology. Popeye is Jesus, Olive Oyl is Mary, Bluto/Pluto is Satan, (c'mon, Pluto? God of the underworld?) the Jeep is the Holy Spirit, and Sweet Pea clearly symbolizes Wayward Humanity*, guided and protected by God's Love/Popeye.
posted by lekvar at 4:55 PM on August 2, 2007


Ok then who is Wimpy?

I havent yet watched the links, but my memory was that Olive Oyl was always tearing Bluto a new one as she cried help and protested.

My memory on this is weak too, but I think in the later ones she would often either get carried off by Bluto or she would leave Popeye and take up with Bluto on her own. Which I think is the part that disturbed me since yeah she did spend a lot of time beating off his rape attempts.
posted by spicynuts at 7:42 PM on August 2, 2007


Or... you could just buy the DVD set that just came out and y'know, support the things you like. :-)

Ah, now see, I didn't know that they had come out! Last I heard, the dispute was nowhere near resolution.

This is why metafilter is wonderful.
posted by redhanrahan at 8:29 PM on August 2, 2007


Wimpy is Loki, the trickster god. Yeah, that's outside the Judeo-Christian schema, but that's just how awesome J. Wellington Wimpy is.
posted by JHarris at 9:32 PM on August 2, 2007


As usual, no love for Brutus.
posted by kirkaracha at 10:25 PM on August 2, 2007


More seafaring fun, with Tom Waits rather than Popeye: Starving in the Belly of the Whale.
posted by homunculus at 11:00 PM on August 2, 2007


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