Robin Hood-Winked (1948)

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Popeye is Robin Hood; he's got a sidekick, Little John. Bluto is the tax collector, and Olive is the owner/barmaid at the local pub. Bluto comes to the pub to collect 100% taxes and falls ... See full summary »



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


Popeye is Robin Hood; he's got a sidekick, Little John. Bluto is the tax collector, and Olive is the owner/barmaid at the local pub. Bluto comes to the pub to collect 100% taxes and falls for Olive, who he tries to impress with trick archery, but Popeye/Robin makes a fool of him. Since he can't win fair, he cheats, by serving Popeye a root beer spiked with "Ye Olde Michael Finn." With Popeye out cold, he dashes off with Olive, but Little John feeds Popeye his spinach, and Popeye races off to the castle, turning the armored knights into a cast-iron stove. Bluto carries Olive up a spiral staircase, but Popeye screws it into the ground, and they all ride off with Bluto acting as their beast of burden. Written by Jon Reeves <>

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12 November 1948 (USA)  »

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Skippern som Robin Hood  »

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About halfway through the movie, you can see Bluto's legs disappear when he's in the inn, bragging about his prowess at archery. See more »


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Popeye as Robin Hood in weak parody
8 September 2010 | by (Bronx, NY) – See all my reviews

"Robin Hood-Winked" (1948) is a Popeye cartoon shot in "Polacolor." Popeye appears as Robin Hood and has a sidekick named Little John, who's actually a little guy, about the size of one of Popeye's nephews. They sing a catchy song about robbing from the wicked to give to the good, with a refrain about "my little bow and arrow." Olive works as a bartender at the Hub Bub Pub and serves them root beer from a barrel with a tree root in it. Bluto is a tax collector who enters the pub and demands to know, "Wherefore art the owner of this joint?" He sees Olive and his heart takes the form of a wolf's head to howl. In Robin's archery contest with Bluto, Bluto's arrow comes with its own target. Bluto knocks Popeye out by spiking his drink with "Ye Olde Michael Finn – King-Size." When Bluto abducts Olive, Little John yells at the unconscious Robin, "Hey, Robby, that male has runneth off with that frail." There are lots of gags like this, but none of them are funny.

This came out a year before "Rabbit Hood," the Bugs Bunny version of Robin Hood and a much funnier cartoon, notable for including a live-action shot of Errol Flynn as Robin. Polacolor was a three-color process developed by the Polaroid Corporation and used by Paramount in a number of cartoons before the process was discontinued in 1949, after which Eastmancolor emerged as the chief competitor of Technicolor.

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