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Lunch with a Punch (1952)

Popeye and Olive take his nephews on a picnic. They don't want to eat their spinach, so Popeye tells them about his school days, when Bluto repeatedly got Popeye in trouble and eventually ... See full summary »

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Bluto / Frog (voice) (uncredited)
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Olive Oyl (voice) (uncredited)
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Popeye and Olive take his nephews on a picnic. They don't want to eat their spinach, so Popeye tells them about his school days, when Bluto repeatedly got Popeye in trouble and eventually stole Olive away until Popeye had his spinach and saved her from an oncoming train. After his story, Bluto grabs Popeye and the nephews eat their spinach and save him. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Flashback to Popeye's childhood
8 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

In "Lunch with a Punch" (1952), Popeye goes on a picnic with Olive, who insists that they take along his three nephews, whom Popeye insists on trying to feed spinach to. At the picnic site, he also undergoes harassment by a jealous Bluto. The unusual aspect of this cartoon is the flashback to the childhood days of Popeye, Bluto and Olive and their stint in an ancient one-room schoolhouse. (Just how OLD are these characters supposed to be?) Bluto, a brute even in childhood, pulls pranks on Popeye and vies with him for little Olive's affection. Little Popeye has a full head of long red hair and wears a typical "sissy" school outfit including a big red bow-tie and shorts. Back at the present- day picnic, Bluto prevents Popeye from getting his spinach, so a solution is required that makes this a rare Popeye cartoon where someone other than Popeye ingests the spinach to perform a rescue.


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