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Olive is being wooed by a Charles Boyer-type Frenchmen who is dishing
out the compliments about how whatever woman (Olive thinks it's her, of
course) is listening. Popeye is nearby getting annoyed hearing all this
garbage. He's waiting to take her out to the movies, but she's more
interesting in watching Bluto then comes by, spots what is happening
through the open window (he was a terrible Peeping Tom) and is mad.
"Why that runt got here before me," he says when he spots Popeye.
OIive is really entranced by the TV program host, called 'The Internationale," especially when the Frenchman says, "Stay at home tonight, ladies. You may be the lucky one, the woman 'The Internationale' comes by and takes you out." Bluto overhears this and, yes, he is going to pretend to be the guy from TV.
Bluto is hilarious impersonating the French guy and fooling the naive and dumb Olive. In fact, from that point on, this is an extremely funny cartoon with tons of sight gags. Popeye uses two cans of spinach to produce laughs.....and get Olive back from that fraud Bluto. It's the usual case, but sometimes Bluto is the finniest guy in the cartoon. That certainly is the case here.
A romantic cartoon in which Bluto disguises himself as "The International", Olive Oyl's favorite, suave television star. He does such a great job wooing her, thoroughly turning her on, and even beating Popeye in a duel for her hand that one wonders why she's so upset when she finds out who he really is. Wouldn't a more realistic response be, "Bluto Honey, let's go over to the love seat and you can pretend to be the International again"? This cartoon is the culmination of the Paramount/Famous Studios' re-vamp of Olive to make her more attractive. Here she is, by cartoon standards, drop dead gorgeous.
Just watched this Popeye cartoon on YouTube as linked from a site devoted to the Paramount animated shorts. In this one, Olive Oyl is too entranced by the star of the television show called "The International" to go out with the sailor man to the movies. The voice on that tube sounds a lot like Bluto (I'm guessing Jackson Beck is doing both voices here) speaking in a suave accent so when Bluto overhears the conversation, he comes disguised as guess who? Naturally, Olive is entranced while Popeye is jealous...Plenty of great reaction gags worthy of Tex Avery or anyone familiar with these hot-blooded cartoon punchlines. So on that note, Parlez Vous Woo is well worth seeing.
Parlez Vous Woo (1956)
*** (out of 4)
Olive Oyl is enjoying the romantic show "The International" when the leading man shows up to sweep her off her feet. Soon Popeye gets jealous and the two men do battle.
This here is another winning short from the series and this one here managed to be quite funny with some creative site gags but it also managed to have a very good twist at the end, which I obviously won't spoil. The highlight is a very funny sequence where Popeye explains to Olive Oyl that he can be "ro-man-tic-cal" as well as anyone. The line delivery is just priceless as is the scene where she turns Olive Oyl into a block of ice. Fans of the series will find plenty of laughs throughout.
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