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Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp (1939)

Approved | | Animation, Short, Action | 7 April 1939 (USA)
Working in the story department of Surprise Pictures, Olive Oyl writes a script based on the story of Aladdin, casting Popeye as the thief and herself as the Princess.

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Margie Hines ...
Olive Oyl (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Mercer ...
Popeye (voice) (uncredited)
Carl Meyer ...
Evil Wazzir (voice) (uncredited)
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The story of Aladdin is portrayed by Popeye and Olive Oyl here. It all begins when an evil sorcerer coaxes Aladdin (Popeye) to a dangerous cave to retrieve the magic lamp. When he retrieves the lamp, the sorcerer tries to trap Aladdin in the cave, but drops the lamp in first. When the lamp is rubbed, a magic genie pops out and grants Aladdin a wish of being a prince to fall in love with the beautiful princess (Olive Oyl). But now the evil sorcerer has kidnapped the princess and sends evil monsters after Aladdin, but with the help of his spinach power, he can put the trouble right. Written by Dylan Self <robocoptng986127@aol.com>

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7 April 1939 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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At 22 minutes, this is the longest theatrically released Popeye cartoon. See more »

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[bowing his way out from the Princess's presence]
Slave: Salami, salami, baloney.
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Version of Aladdin (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

What Can I Do for You?
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Music by Sammy Timberg
Lyrics by Edward Heyman
Performed by Jack Mercer
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In My Opinion, the Single Best Popeye Cartoon
3 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

I agree with others here that this is the best of the three Arabian Night Shorts that were produced (the others being Popeye Meets Sinbad and Popeye Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves). It's fast-paced and Popeye, as usual, mutters some great lines under his breath ("I've never made love in Technicolor before"). Popeye is never thought of as a funny cartoon character, but he really is extremely funny ("Can you show me the entrance to the exit?").

There are also quite a few similarities to Disney's Aladdin, which would be made over 50 years later: the villain looks a bit like Jafar, the Genie is blue and a fun character, and the way Aladdin looks once disguised as a prince looks exactly like the Prince Ali sequence.

Some Popeye fans will be upset to not see Bluto or Wimpy, but at least it's great to see Popeye have a new villain for once. And finally, at just over 20 minutes, this is the longest Popeye cartoon that I know of.

A classic!


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