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The Crystal Brawl (1957)

Approved  |   |  Animation, Short, Comedy  |  5 April 1957 (USA)
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Bluto muscles out Popeye to take Olive to the fair. Popeye rushes ahead and poses as a fortune teller, luring Olive in. He shows Olive her future (actually, her past) in the crystal ball: ... See full summary »



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Uncredited cast:
Jackson Beck ...
Bluto (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Mercer ...
Popeye (voice) (uncredited)
Olive Oyl (voice) (uncredited)


Bluto muscles out Popeye to take Olive to the fair. Popeye rushes ahead and poses as a fortune teller, luring Olive in. He shows Olive her future (actually, her past) in the crystal ball: first, a clip of a mountain climbing sequence that culminates in Bluto assaulting Olive. Then, a clip from another amusement park showing strongman Bluto stealing Olive away to a roller-coaster while Popeye rings a strength-testing bell repeatedly. Olive, having seen this, no longer wants anything to do with Bluto and walks out. Bluto exposes Popeye and chases Olive into a Tunnel of Love; Popeye follows and trashes Bluto. Written by Jon Reeves <>

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Release Date:

5 April 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kristallipallo  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Edited from Quick on the Vigor (1950) See more »

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Chases On Coasters & Mountains Make This One Of The More Enjoyable Popeye Cartoons
23 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's courting time again for our two antagonists, both in sailor outfits and both courting you- know-who. Bluto gets the best of it early on and takes Olive Oyl to the fair where she "just dying to get my fortune told." (What an idiot!)

At the fair, Popeye is outside a tent, wearing a beard, a turban, sitting on a rug and playing the flute: a regular swami. An "excited" Olive enters the tent with Bluto. Popeye then pretends to be the teller with the crystal ball.

Olive gazes into the ball and sees a Swiss mountain scene in which Bluto is a mountain climbing guide and, of course, trying to impress Olive who was climbing the mouton with Popeye before the "guide" broke it.

There are some funny sight gags in here, such as the elevator in the mountain, Bluto's short pants outfit and Olive's expanding legs while down between mountains. The second crystal ball "showing" also has some funny stuff with Bluto impressing Olive with his huge muscles. The wild chase on the roller coasting is a lot of fun to watch as is the whole thing.

Tons of great scenes in here make this one of the most enjoyable Popeye cartoons I've watched.

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