Dr. Bluto sails off to Darkest Africa for exploration. Popeye, who stayed behind, hears a radio report that Bluto is lost and sets sail himself (on a raft). He manages to land right by a trail left by Bluto, and after fighting a few animals along the way, finds himself, exhausted and dehydrated, in Darkest Africa, within sight of Bluto. We see why Bluto has not been heard of: he has a bevy of native beauties attending to his every need. He spots Popeye and rushes to his rescue, feeding him a can of spinach. The two then set to their traditional greeting of fisticuffs. Written by
Jon Reeves <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Popeye and Bluto being best friends? Yup, hard to believe but that's the scenario here. I never thought I'd see Popeye pining away, all depressed because Bluto wasn't around, but that's how our sailor guy is portrayed in this story. Those guys love punching each other more than anything, it seems. That's their joy in life.
When "Dr. Bluto's African Expedition" sails away - after the two guys duke it out on the pier - Popeye sits home alone bummed out because his fighting pal isn't around. One day he hears a radio broadcast that Dr. Bluto has been lost in "darkest Africa." Popeye immediately sets out in his little boat for Africa to save his buddy.
After that shock, the story is very predictable with only a few laughs, just Popeye playfully battling a rhinoceros, lion and elephant and then finding his buddy living the Life Of Riley with "wine, women and coconuts - what more could a man ask for?"
Well, another good fist fight with his best friend.
Overall, cute but not one of the more humorous Popeye cartoons. Generally speaking, 1940 seems to mark a lull during the Popeye cartoon history, picking back up later in the decade when some familiar voices reappear and the stories get more comical.
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