The race is on for the state railroad franchise. It's the Sudden Pacific (Bluto) against the Onion Pacific (Popeye). Oh, and there's also a kiss from Olive for the winner. Bluto slows down ... See full summary »

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Pinto Colvig ...
Bluto (voice) (uncredited)
Margie Hines ...
Olive Oyl (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Mercer ...
Popeye (voice) (uncredited)
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The race is on for the state railroad franchise. It's the Sudden Pacific (Bluto) against the Onion Pacific (Popeye). Oh, and there's also a kiss from Olive for the winner. Bluto slows down Popeye's start by tossing a load of coal into his smokestack. Bluto then discovers that Olive has been thrown into his train by the force of the starting gun, so he makes her shovel his coal; she jumps to Popeye's train at the first chance. Bluto punches a hole in Popeye's boiler. Panic sets in when the parallel tracks merge crossing a bridge. The trains ride on one rail each with their captains holding on to each other to support them! Bluto grabs Popeye's driveshaft, so Popeye substitutes himself. But then Bluto throws a switch, sending Popeye's train into a crash. Time for spinach, and a quick rebuild. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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24 May 1940 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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One of a number of Popeye shorts which were sent off to Asia in the 80's to undergo the infamous redraw and colorization process. See more »

Quotes

Bluto: You're gonna ride with me and like it!
Olive Oyl: I don't wanna like it!
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I'm Popeye the Sailor Man
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Written by Samuel Lerner
Played during the opening credits
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Train Battle
9 February 2017 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Onion Pacific (1940)

*** (out of 4)

Popeye and Bluto are in a fierce train battle as each of them must try to reach the finish line first. Of course, this means Bluto will be cheating.

Fans of the Popeye animated shorts will enjoy this film for what it is even though it's certainly not a classic. There's plenty of fun action throughout including some really funny stuff dealing with the cheating that Bluto does throughout the film. The highlight happens when the two trains are about to go over a bridge that is only set to take on one. As you'd expect there's a lot of nice laughs throughout and as usual the animation is terrific.


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