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This animated minimovie was a tropical delight and proof that the Famous Studios POPEYES were not just kid stuff. The funny thing is that, this is clearly a take-off on the ROAD movies with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, but when the two animated sailors were singing the wonderfully Cole-Porteresque/Rogers and Hammersteinian title song, the guy who voiced Bluto sounded for all the world like Gordon MacRae! Too bad he didn't sing more here -- maybe do a "soliloquy!" (Too bad also, that the creators didn't draw Bluto to LOOK a little like Gordon to boot, like they did in "Shaving Muggs" and "Parlez-Vous Woo.") I'm a POPEYE fan from way back (especially Famous Studios Popeye) and I am a big fan of Gordon MacRae's movies, looks, and voice (in his heyday), and I say, ya gotta love a Bluto who sings like Gordon MacRae!
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.
Of all the Popeye cartoons made for Famous Artists from 1942-1957, this
ranks as my favorite. It's a delight from start to finish.
This is just one of many attempts to incorporate FDR's Good Neighbor Policy into the cartoon industry. In fact, in the waning days of the Fleischer Studio, there had been one earlier attempt "Kicking the Conga 'Round" which is certainly a good cartoon.
"We're on Our Way to Rio" is even better. As Popeye and Bluto enter Rio (beautifully drawn) on burro singing the wonderful title song, one can't help but be reminded of Hope and Crosby on camel-back singing "The Road to Morocco".
Olive Oyl is playing an obviously Carmen Miranda-inspired nightclub singer. The laughs come quickly and the music as memorable as in the sadly departed Fleischer days.
Famous Studios would never again make a Popeye cartoon as memorable as this. Before much longer they seemed to give up even trying.
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