Olive is moving out of her apartment; she's hired Bluto to move her, but Popeye comes over to visit and won't be shown up - at least, not after he's had his spinach. But would you really want these two handling your belongings? Written by
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This cartoon makes use of Fleischer's Tabletop process, which animates the cels vertically between multi-plane set pieces in order to create the feeling of depth. Used here for the city street in the last scene. The whole effect is lost in the color version, as the backgrounds is a flat redraw. See more »
"Hey, hey! Cha cha cha," sings Olive Oyl (that's the chorus) as she sweeps up her clothes in a vacuum cleaner. Man, this woman was a slob. But she's happy because she's moving and she's hired a "big strong man" to help get stuff out of the fifth floor apartment of this broken-down building.
Popeye comes by to help her move and she just laughs him off: "You? You help me move? I hired a strong man, you nutsy."
Popeye is offended. Wouldn't you? Especially after all the feats of strength he's done prior to this cartoon. Well, something they start from scratch and you can guess who Olive has hired as her "strong man."
Bluto looks bigger than ever. He can barely fit through the door. Olive is impressed. "I am CA-RAZY about strong men" she coos. Popeye is sitting in a chair nearby almost getting sick to his stomach at this display. "That truck horse couldn't move a check," he mumbles to himself.
As expected, the rest of the cartoon is another contest between Popeye and Bluto, this time to see who is the better furniture mover. These guys do some amazing feats of strength and dexterity. (It seems to me I have seen another Popeye cartoon with the same "moving" theme.)
Anyway, it's more good stuff guaranteed to give you some smiles. I saw it as part of the recently-released Popeye Volume One DVD set, featuring his first theatrical cartoons from the mid '30s. They are restored and look fantastic.
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