Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Popeye - impossible cartoon gag

Remember when cartoons were expected to be cartoons?









23 comments:

John said...

Popeye was always great for stuff like that it was always full of funny impossible violence, which made it hilarious

Pat said...

No, see the clamp is a metaphor for the military-industrial complex, and Brutus' hand is the repressed proletariat. No humor here, just poignant social commentary.

Pete said...

Pat, you couldn't be more wrong: Brutus hand is the grubby mitt of capitalism, while Popeye applies the glorious revolutionary pressure...

Shawn said...

My favorite gag in this cartoon is when Popeye drags the cigar and blows the smoke out his eye. I can't stop laughing when I watch that! Cartoons need more nonsense like that!

The new Popeye set is the greatest thing I've ever purchased in my life! Everyone go buy it, or else!

Nor said...

Sometimes a hand that morphs into a vice is just a hand that morphs into a vice, except when IT OBVIOUSLY REPRESENTS COLONIALISM!

P.S. What disease do you think Popeye suffers from?

harpo said...

awesome!

chrisallison said...

We were just watching these at the ASIFA archive (everyone should go check it out). Shawn is right, the smoking a whole cigar and blowing out the eye gag is hilarious!

Impossible gags are the great strength of traditionally animated cartoons. You're totally right, John!

Pat McMicheal said...

I just bought the DVD collection....my kids LOVE this cartoon...They were laughing their asses off when Popeye just randomly kicks everyones ass in the early episodes!
I grew up with this great stuff along with the Stooges and there isn't ONE violent bone in my body!!! I believe MOST children know the difference between what is REAL and what is Cartoon! They're smarter than the Studio executives realize!
Loved your commentary on these DVD's...wish there were more! What the hell was Kali laughing about?

Tim said...

Shit, you've convinced me.

I need to buy this DVD.

Mitch K said...

I think Popeye was the first cartoon I ever saw, thanks to my Mom. When I was a tot, she bought me cartoons that she thought 'little boys would like'. What a gal!

My dvds arrived yesterday! Yeehaw!

flashcartoons said...

i loved the transformation, i did end up getting that box set and im half way through first disc

smackmonkey said...

I side with Pete. Popeye is using his *LEFT* hand!

:: smo :: said...

i love fleischer morph gags!

bimbo's initiation is one of my all time favorite cartoons. it seems like every background element is able to eat something!?

and in these popeyes it seems like they decided "hey we can do more than just made this baby turn into a horrifying monkey!" or "make this keyhole eat this key!" and started morphing things for emphasis.

did they really do these more "practical morphs" before the popeyes?

either way...they're freaking awesome.

Okapi Figment William said...

I love the audio! Bluto's grumbles are really funny.

Jeff Read said...

BONUS-KUN!!!

Look closely, and notice Popeye bobbing to an inaudible beat!

Clinton said...

Hi John,

Gags like the ones on Popeye were great visuals for showing pain and discomfort by a character. When Popeye eats his spinach and flexes his biceps, there is always a visual of power. A power plant, an engine, an atomic bomb exploding....etc, etc. Hey John, are you going to post more animation lectures like your previous one?

harpo said...

these dvd's must be selling like hotcakes!

cartoon lad said...

Hey John,

I read that yourself,Uncle Eddie and Kali are doing some commentaries for the next Warners DVD on the Bob Clampett disc-whats it like? Are the colors changed,DVNRed lines etc like previous disks? (bright yellow milk in Baby Bottleneck-yucky)

Tom said...

This new Popeye DVD is the class act of the year, far surpassing anything Warner Home Video has released in the past several seasons. I hope they continue until every single Fleischer and Famous Popeye short is restored and on DVD. And the heavy's proper name is Bluto, not Brutus. That was a change forced on the cheap batch of Popeye cartoons in 1960 by Disney lawyers who felt the name "Bluto" was too close to their "Pluto", despite the fact that Bluto predated their sorry mutt.

Jim Rockford said...

I love all the fun sight gags they used in these old cartoons!Popeyes one of the best!
Tex Avery was a genuis at them.
The "elephant gun" sequence in "Field and Scream" cracks me up no matter how many times I see it.
To bad they dont make them like this anymore

Kali Fontecchio said...

"What the hell was Kali laughing about?"

Probably Eddie and John's expressions!

Kyle Baker said...

I love all the cycles on the held poses in Fleischer stuff.

greggerg said...

I don't think the temporary name change from Bluto to Brutus had anything to do with Disney or Pluto. When King Features made the crappy 60-61 Popeye cartoons, they were under the impression that Paramount Pictures owned the rights to the Bluto name, so they changed it to Brutus. But they were actually wrong.