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The Original 'Cinderella Man'

Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States
4 March 2007

Right off the bad, we see a billboard message that reads, "Calling All Males - Grand Ball wherein ye fair Princess Olive will choose her Prince from Amongst Ye Males."

Next, we see "Bluto's Beanery," where splendidly-outfitted Bluto is obviously the owner - and a nasty one picking on poor shredded-clothed dishwasher Popeye. Bluto is going to ball to get Olive for his princess. (It's weird to hear him speak in King James English!)

Popeye, however, gets on-board thanks to his "fairy godfather," who magically appears. waves his magic wand at a can of spinach and transforms it into a huge limousine. Then he uses his wand to change Popeye's duds into something more royal....and off goes Popeye to vie for Olive's hand. Yes, this turned into a "Cinderella" story. Who knew?

You know the rest: the usual competition to see how gets the girl, with the usual funny ways Popeye and Bluto battle it out. The Technicolor in here, by the way, looked super.

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Legend Merged with Legend

Author: apeart from Pittsburgh, PA
16 November 2004

This must be the most brilliant thing I've seen recently.

This is latter-day Popeye in relation to his original beginnings. So Popeye indeed is a legend of sorts. His general backstory -- the eating of the spinach to transform his persona -- is absorbed into our collective consciousness. As is the Cinderella backstory, which involves a similar transformation of worlds.

So somebody spotted this correlation and put together one brilliant cartoon. Popeye eats the spinach and not only enters HIS alternate universe, but he also enters the alternate universe of that other cultural-character mainstay.

And what I really like about this cartoon is the total anarchy that ensues. There is a lot of ancient history here, as promised, but all of it is purposely thrown into a half-assed, mismatched brew. We have a historical archetype from one period juxtaposed to one from a completely detached period, and so forth. Clearly the writer purposely threw down whatever recollections of historical figures he could conjure at the moment. The result is engrossing. This is brilliant.

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Popeye is Cinderella...A Male Cinderella!

Author: ( from U.S.A
10 December 2002

*** This review may contain spoilers ***


At Bluto's Beanery, Bluto is working Popeye like a dog. Bluto was going to the ball that night because princess Olive Oyl would be choosing a mate. Bluto forbid Popeye to go, but he wanted to go so badly. Just then, his fairy God Pappy appeared and told him to get a spinach can which he turned into a hot rod. Before Popeye left for the ball, Pappy told him to be back by midnight or his fancy new clothes would become rags again, so Popeye set off to the ball. He and Bluto meet Olive and compete for her. Bluto get's an arrow and shoots a bull's eye. Bluto bends Popeye's arrow, causing it to hit a bull in the eye. A real bull's eye! Pretty soon, Bluto punches Popeye, causing him to fly outside and land in his car, which turned back into a spinach can. He ate the spinach and punched Bluto, who was wearing armor, which turned him into a pot-belly stove. After that, Popeye and the princess were married.

Another good Popeye cartoon. It's odd that Popeye would work for Bluto, no matter what the circumstances. Next year, this cartoon will be 50 years old so it's a little early for it's 50th anniversary. I recommend it for all Popeye fans!


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Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY
30 March 2016

Ancient Fistory (1953)

*** (out of 4)

Princess Olive Oyl is having a grand ball so that men can come and hopefully marry her. Poor Popeye can't attend because he's slaving away in Bluto's restaurant but soon he gets a visit from his Fairy Godfather.

This here is an obvious take-off on the Cinderella theme and for the most part it's another winner for the series. This one here benefits from the good animation that you'd expect but there are also plenty of nice laughs. One of the highlights comes during a pistol showdown between Popeye and Bluto as well as another scene where Bluto accidentally kisses a portrait on the wall and the man in the picture has a hilarious reaction. There's also plenty of nice fights from Popeye and Bluto.

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Author: arfdawg-1 from United States
12 May 2014

It's the middle ages (sort of); Popeye is working in Bluto's Beanery.

Bluto is going to the ball where Princess Olive will choose her mate.

Popeye's fairy godpappy appears and it's a reverse Cinderella story, with a car created from a can of spinach.

This is the 50's Popeye.

So the animation isn't as good.

Not like to 30s Popeye.

But it's better than some of the later Popeye's.

And wasn't Altman's version the wort animation?

This short is not going to change your life but it's OK for a gay themed cartoon. Popeye plays Cinderella.

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