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Symphony in Spinach (1948)

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Singer Olive Oyl needs an accompanist, and both Popeye and Bluto apply for the job.



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


Singer Olive Oyl needs an accompanist, and both Popeye and Bluto apply for the job.

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31 December 1948 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)


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It would appear that the animators did not intend to use dialog in this short at all, because the characters' mouths don't move. See more »

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One of the best of the Famous/Paramount Popeye cartoons
7 September 2003 | by (Philadelphia, USA) – See all my reviews

This cartoon is unusual because there is almost no attempt to animate the character's mouths. The most likely explanation is that, for whatever reason, much of the dialog was ad-libbed during the recording sessions.

Max Fleischer's cartoon studio was one of the few that recorded the voices after a cartoon was animated, and Famous/Paramount continued this practice after they acquired the studio.

This was a major contribution to the character of Popeye because it allowed Jack Mercer to mutter additional lines that didn't require animation.

In this cartoon, all three actors' parts appear to have been done this way. Their mouths almost never move and the lines that are not synced are the funniest parts of the cartoon. It nearly overflows with musical puns like Bluto's "Don't B flat, babe, be natural!'

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