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Abusement Park (1947)

Passed  -  Animation | Short | Family  -  25 April 1947 (USA)
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Popeye and Bluto battle over Olive in an amusement park/carnival. First, Bluto breaks a couple of strength-testing devices, but Popeye still manages to one-better him. Then, Popeye and ... See full summary »

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Jackson Beck ...
Bluto (voice) (uncredited)
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Olive Oyl (voice) (uncredited)
Harry Welch ...
Popeye (voice) (uncredited)
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Popeye and Bluto battle over Olive in an amusement park/carnival. First, Bluto breaks a couple of strength-testing devices, but Popeye still manages to one-better him. Then, Popeye and Olive go in the Tunnel of Love. Popeye and Bluto trade places in the boat and swimming behind, but eventually the two of them end up in the boat with Olive behind. Bluto makes off with her to the photographer's booth, but when Olive refuses to spice up the pose, he gets violent. He drives the prop car onto the rollercoaster track, with Popeye in pursuit. The boys battle it out, while Olive is being dragged, eventually snaring three elephants from a tent. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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(RCA Sound System)

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Popeye: I'd like to sail into that sailor!
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Spoofs Superman (1941) See more »

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I'm Popeye the Sailor Man
(1933) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Samuel Lerner
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Old Plot, New Gags
31 December 2011 | by (Burlington, VT) – See all my reviews

Bluto tries to steal Olive Oyl by besting Popeye at various game booths at the amusement park, a pretty basic plot that they used in the very first Popeye theatrical short.

But while they first couple of gags are good, the short becomes increasingly wild, starting when Popeye and Olive enter the tunnel of Love,and climaxing on an outrageous chase on a roller coaster.

If the the craziness is a bit haphazard, lacking the timing and comic sense of someone like Tex Avery, the ambition is still appreciated.

The establishing shots and backgrounds of the park and roller coaster are wild and beautiful, with an impressive watercolor glow.

Be prepared, however, to see Olive get even rougher treatment than usual. A lot of people understandably dislike the way she's treated on screen, but I have to admit, it's never bothered me. Olive is more a living rubber band than a person.

It is odd, however, that the driving plot device is the protection of Olive, a woman who can be hurled against a factory smokestack hard enough to knock it off its perch without even getting as much as a scratch.


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