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Wotta Nitemare (1939)

Approved | | Animation, Short, Comedy | 19 May 1939 (USA)
Popeye is having a dream: Bluto takes Olive on a picnic. And even though it's Popeye's dream, Bluto still has the upper hand until spinach time. Popeye finds himself sleepwalking and otherwise acting out the dream.

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Uncredited cast:
Pinto Colvig ...
Bluto (voice) (uncredited)
Margie Hines ...
Olive Oyl (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Mercer ...
Popeye (voice) (uncredited)
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Popeye is having a dream: Bluto takes Olive on a picnic. And even though it's Popeye's dream, Bluto still has the upper hand until spinach time. Popeye finds himself sleepwalking and otherwise acting out the dream.

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Very Inventive And A Lot Of Fun To Watch
2 July 2008 | by (Lockport, NY, United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most inventive Popeye cartoons I've ever seen, one that gets better and better as it goes on. Since it involves Popeye having a dream, you get some wild visuals and happenings. This is really good stuff, very clever in parts. Anyone who has a lot of dreams will be able to identify with things they see here, such as trying to move fast but unable to go any speed but slow-motion.

The funny gags are divided into two scenes: Popeye tossing and turning and muttering in bed while he's having the dream and what happens in his actual dream. They alternate the two scenes back and forth....with comic results. Actually, the first part is the best. You've never seen anyone this fidgety while trying to sleep. For instance, in one part of his dream,

Popeye is almost standing on his head in bed while his feet are cycling in the air 90 mph. (You have to see this to appreciate it.) When he's trying to eat his spinach, he's really eating the stuffing out of the mattress! In other words, watching Popeye squirm and make all this odd snoring noises and contortions while trying to sleep is very, very good.

The dream isn't bad, either, laugh-wise. We get Bluto - in heaven, no less - trying to steal Olive Oyl from Popeye. There are some good visuals here and I think you'll laugh out loud at a couple of them. As I said, it gets better and better during this wild-and-crazy dream.


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