Actually, Popeye and Bluto are already there. They visit a nightclub, where the featured singer/dancer is, of course, Olive Oyl. Both of the boys instantly fall for her, but she only has ... See full summary »
Actually, Popeye and Bluto are already there. They visit a nightclub, where the featured singer/dancer is, of course, Olive Oyl. Both of the boys instantly fall for her, but she only has eyes for Popeye. Bluto figures he'll get his revenge by claiming the awkward Popeye is a champion samba dancer. He tries to fake it, and to hide from the spotlight, but no luck, until he breaks out the spinach. Bluto tries various other ways to sabotage his dancing, but the spinach-powered Popeye is too fleet of foot for Bluto to do any harm. In a final twirl with Olive, they end up with their clothes swapped. Written by
Jon Reeves <firstname.lastname@example.org>
There were two main elements of "We're On our Way to Rio", which really struck me as wonderful. First, here was yet another lighter side of World War II, when Popeye ate his spinach from can marked SPINACH 17 POINTS. This must have been owing to the rationing; canned foods may have come under point system. (Another of the wartime Popeyes also had the seaman eating spinach from can with 17 POINTS printed on it.) The second thing that I remember oh so well was the music, the "We're On Our Way to Rio" theme sung by Popeye and Bluto (and later played instrumentally), the samba song that Olive sang as she danced (and played instrumentally as they both danced), and other melodies played only instrumentally. Winston Sharples did a stellar job, as with all the Popeyes and other cartoons for which he composed music; together, the melodies for this Popeye cartoon would make a ginger-peachy band arrangement! Such music, if arranged for band, could be titled "Brazilian Sojourn". All in all, a very wonderful Popeye cartoon.
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