An iconic children's show on Chicago's WGN television station. Children would go home from school at noon to have lunch and watch the show! They had a terrific band and funny skits with ... See full summary »
Buff sailor man Popeye arrives in an awkward seaside town called Sweethaven. There he meets Wimpy, a hamburger-loving man; Olive Oyl, the soon-to-be love of his life; and Bluto, a huge, mean pirate who is out to make Sweethaven pay for no good reason. Popeye also discovers his long-lost Pappy in the middle of it all, so with a band of his new friends, Popeye heads off to stop Bluto, and he's got the power of spinach, which Popeye detests, to bust Bluto right in the mush. Watch as Popeye mops the floor with punks in a burger joint, stops a greedy taxman, takes down a champion boxer, and even finds abandoned baby Swee'pea. He's strong to the finish 'cause he eats his spinach.Written by
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During Popeye's fight in the boxing ring, the large banner at times has mirror writing revealing the shot has been flipped. See more »
I know you ain't down there. Truth is you ain't down there. Now, where ain't you? Where ain't me Swee'Pea?
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The film begins in black-and-white, showing a vintage Paramount logo and the opening credits for the 1930s Paramount-Fleischer Studios Popeye cartoons. However, an animated Popeye appears and sees this is the wrong opening. The movie then cuts to full color, and the opening credits continue. See more »
The British and European release versions run approximately fourteen minutes shorter than the American version, almost completely eliminating Ray Walston's Pappy from the story, and rendering at least one subplot incomprehensible. See more »
I never liked the popeye cartoons but this movie is a treasure!
Let's get this straight right up front -- I LIKE this movie.
The Popeye cartoon strip was uninteresting to me, the movie cartoons a bit of a bore, but Robert Altman has managed to take Popeye and his weird friends and compose a wonderful film. Compose is the right term for me because this movie is basically music (not just a musical) from beginning to close to the end*. I've seen the overlapping dialog criticized in other comments. Try listening to it as a form of counterpoint. The meaning of the words is less important than the cadence and the structured overlap of sounds.
Nielson (just an OK musician to me in other things) pulls off some (not all) masterful songs to drop into the over-all musical fabric of this film. Robert Altman's imagination, creativity, and skill at its best! And the incredibly well-chosen cast lives and works right up to the standard of the film. Where is that DVD, people?
*OK, so the end is a little weak.
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