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Happy Birthdaze (1943)

Popeye's birthday, and Olive managed to get enough rationed sugar to bake him a cake, so she invites him over. Shorty is suicidal because he never gets any mail; Popeye invites him, too. ... See full summary »

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Margie Hines ...
Olive Oyl (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Mercer ...
Popeye / Sailors / Shorty / Downstairs Neighbor (voice) (uncredited)
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Popeye's birthday, and Olive managed to get enough rationed sugar to bake him a cake, so she invites him over. Shorty is suicidal because he never gets any mail; Popeye invites him, too. But Shorty is also accident prone. He goes to wash his hands, and manages to flood Popeye right into the sewer. He assembles the ingredients, then manages to get them all over Popeye. Olive tells Popeye to wash up; Shorty runs the water, and we get another flood. Shorty decides Popeye needs to play some games, so they play baseball, golf, and hockey in Olive's living room, all ending disastrously for Popeye. Popeye manages to cut a hole in the floor; Shorty falls in, Popeye throws a rug on it, then Olive arrives carrying the cake and falls in. Soon, everyone's in the furnace in the cellar. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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16 July 1943 (USA)  »

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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 »

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[Shorty pulls out a gun to commit suicide]
Popeye: Hey, what's eatin' you?
Shorty: Gee, I never get no letters! Nobody loves me!
Popeye: That's funny; I likes ya. Yer cute, an' good lookin'! Why, ya looks like Bob Hope!
[Shorty pulls out an even BIGGER gun to commit suicide]
Popeye: Er, I mean, uh, Bing Crosby!
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'Shorty' + Suicide = Not Funny
26 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A shipmate of Poppy's named "Shorty," a pathetic little guy, accompanies Popeye to Olive Oyl's house, where she has baked a pie to celebrate Our Sailor Man's birthday. You just know Shorty is going to screw up the day for Popeye. Well, he does, with Popeye winding up twice in the sewer outside after opening a bath door and being greeted by a wave of water.

I wonder what Bob Hope thought of this cartoon? I know Bing Crosby must have liked it as Popeye makes some wise-guy reference to Hope.

Overall, this is another of the fairly-weak Paramount Pictures Popeye efforts made during the early '40s and the WWII era. They didn't have the same look or feel as the '30s efforts or the '50s and "Shorty," who was in three cartoons, was not humorous. There is even an attempted suicide scene or two in here! Are you kidding me?


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