The boys are taking Olive on a picnic. It's April 1, and Bluto plays a series of "jokes" on Popeye, though of course they go beyond the bounds of acceptability, particularly once they get ... See full summary »

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Jackson Beck ...
Bluto (voice) (uncredited)
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Olive Oyl (voice) (uncredited)
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The boys are taking Olive on a picnic. It's April 1, and Bluto plays a series of "jokes" on Popeye, though of course they go beyond the bounds of acceptability, particularly once they get to the picnic grounds; Bluto puts gasoline on the fire he asks Popeye to light and swaps a beehive for the lemonade. Bluto then launches a cruel joke against Olive and frames Popeye. The capper: he replaces Popeye's spinach with a joke can, and runs off with Olive for some canoeing. But Popeye gets the last laugh with an inflatable sea monster. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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14 January 1955 (USA)  »

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Aprillipäivä  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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Poor Popeye
30 March 2016 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Cookin' With Gags (1955)

*** (out of 4)

Action packed short has Popeye, Olive Oyl and Bluto going on an April Fools picnic where Bluto plays one bad trick after another.

This is certainly one of the more entertaining Popeye shorts from the 1950s thanks in large part to Bluto being such a jerk and poor Popeye having to take a beating until he finally has had enough and gets some revenge. There's plenty of violence and action throughout the short running time, which helps keep everything moving at a very good pace. The highlight is a scene where Popeye is trying to start a fire and Bluto uses some gas for a little extra boom.


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