Thursday, November 08, 2012

The Fleischer Popeyes: Wild Elephinks!

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This Popeye opens with Popeye and Olive floating over the ocean waves riding a tiny raft, with their only sail a pair of bloomers! Popeye, of course, is singing his theme song. When a large fish jumps up to try to eat them, Popeye clobbers the fish with a Transformation Punch that turns it into a bunch of smaller fishes that shower on Olive. The same happens to the next several fish, and the last time, Olive collects them in empty sardine cans, which she closes up on them! They approach a fish traffic cop, who has them stop while a whale passes the other way.

006-03Popeye finally gets tired of waiting, and starts blowing on the sail himself to get them going... the water helps by lifting them up with a watery hand, depositing them on the shore of an island (and shaking Popeye's hand!). Olive retrieves her bloomers, and then they start to explore the island... but when a terrible roar comes from a dense clump of trees, Olive is cowed. As the camera pans over, we see the jungle is filled with vicious, tough wild animals, including a lion, a gorilla (who eats bones), a tiger, and many large snakes, plus a wild elephant, which bursts out of the jungle and grabs Popeye in his trunk, and starts shaking him, while the gorilla grabs Olive (who faints).

006-04The elephant puts Popeye down, and Popeye delivers a punch to the elephant's jaw that sends a lump all the way to the top of its head! Popeye then sees the gorilla's got Olive, and starts chasing them. Meanwhile, the gorilla grabs a coconut and breaks it open on Olive's head before drinking the milk.

006-05Popeye, chasing after the gorilla, is spotted by a moose, who charges him. Popeye, in turn, holds his hands to his head like antlers and charges back! When they crash, they begin to battle it out, with Popeye the winner (and the moose, having been victim of a Transformation Punch, turned into a mounted moosehead). Meanwhile, the elephant wakes up, and since elephants never forget, he remembers it was Popeye who knocked him out! It starts after Popeye, passing the mounted moosehead on the way.

006-06Meanwhile, Popeye's resumed the chase, using a convenient giraffe to span a chasm. The gorilla, spotting Popeye, starts to climb up a tree, and Popeye Transformation Punches the tree, turning it into a wooden cart, filled with the bananas from the tree -- the gorilla, cowed by Popeye's stunt, pushes the cart away as fast as he can.

006-07In the trees, a pair of monkeys see this, and one grabs the other's tail and cranks it, the other acting like a siren. This gets all the animals of the jungle out and surrounding Popeye! Popeye bellows, "I'll take ya all on, one at a time!" First, it's the lion, who boasts, "I'm King!" So Popeye crowns him with a sock to the head, leaving a crown-shaped lump! Next, a snake  coils around Popeye, and squeezes tight! Popeye gives it a shot of smoke from his pipe, however, and it's knocked out. Olive reaches into her sock for a can of spinach, as Popeye's literally bent out of shape by this!

006-08Popeye eats the spinach Olive feeds him (with a slow version of the fanfare playing) and gets back into shape! Then, the elephant, once again remembering Popeye, attacks! As "Hold That Tiger" plays, Popeye grabs the elephant's trunk and starts swinging it around in circles, faster and faster, before throwing it away from the island, landing it on another, smaller island, which is instantly sunk by the impact.

006-09Back at the island, all of the remaining animals attack Popeye, who's hitting them all over the place, with Transformation Punches galore, turning them all into fur coats! Some of them even land on Olive, who dons them at once, including the gorilla skin -- but Popeye mistakes the skin for the actual gorilla, and knocks Olive down by accident! Then, he sings his theme song as Olive gets him back by popping him one with her fist!

Wow, a nearly perfect Popeye cartoon, even if it's a bit heavy on the Transformation Punches! If only we'd had the traditional fanfare (which we have yet to hear) when Popeye eats his spinach, it'd be perfect! Plus, the title of the cartoon had something to do with the plot! So, we're looking at... Four cans of Spinach!
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