Friday, January 21, 2011

That Lovable Wife Beater Popeye

Boy, they sure don't make cartoon characters this mean and tough anymore. Lookit the angry mug on him.
One thing you got in Popeye cartoons that it's hard to imagine you could do today, is woman beating. Although I imagine they probably do it on Family Guy without the loving animation.
Popeye used to beat the daylights out of Olive and that was part of the fun of the cartoons.
Of course, as crusty as he was he never did it on purpose. Popeye must have been an atheist because he didn't follow the Christian commandments to keep your women in their place with regular beatings. And he certainly never stoned Olive, even when he caught her being unclean with Bluto.
The writers always had to concoct unwitting woman beatings. Popeye believed in protecking the weakerer sex - unlike his father who had no qualms about kicking a woman about the house.
Here's Olive after a good bashing. She can really take it though, and even dish it out herself.
This toy is true to its cartoon roots.
Here's her torn dress where Popeye accidentally kicked her arse. He probably mistook it for Bluto's beard - or other area.
Popeye has other unusual talents. He can exhale bubbles right out of his nicotine ravaged lungs. Babies used to eat that shit up. Not like today's wimpy babies that you can't even smoke in front of.

25 comments:

Emily Anthony said...

LOL!!!!!!!!

JohnK said...

Shame, Emily... Stick up for your gender!

K-T said...

Woohoo! More Popeye! I just recently bought a classic Three Stooges collection DVD. So I guess the next thing to do is by a Popeye one!

Steven M. said...

I don't even think you can have any sort of good ol' fashion cartoon beatings anymore.

Popeye is there to relieve us from poor excuses for entertainment.

C said...

Everyone got to beat everyone on Fleischer cartoons, without being called an asshole. Unless you beat helpless animals. Then Grampy comes over and runs you over with a truck.

Jonathan Harris said...

I don't know what the source of this comic is, but it's so perfect as an accompaniment to this post. Popeye wasn't averse to verbal wife beating either.

http://img.flashtux.org/img132db2ab0acx598f4048.jpg

The last panel always gets me.

Pedro Vargas said...

haha Goddamn babies don't know how to handle some second-hand smoke!

Everett said...

Lmao Ive never looked at Popeye in that respect.

mike f. said...

Everyone got to beat everyone on Fleischer cartoons, without being called an asshole. Unless you beat helpless animals. Then Grampy comes over and runs you over with a truck.

Or else Popeye teaches your horse to whip your filthy human ass - just as it should be in a perfect world.

THIS should happen more often...

DmL said...

haha a dig on christians, too bad none of that ever made it to nickelodeon! haha!

Trevor Thompson said...

Let's be fair: there was no hitting of Olive. The dame has the body of a blade of wheat grass. If Popeye toots too hard ( out his pipe or rump ) the impact would knock her out.

BTW, there is lady bashing on Family Guy, but like everything else on that pop cultural Titanic, the only times a gal gets the Goon Hand is when they're re-creating verbatim a scene from some 80's movie, cartoon or TV show ( or if it's a part of some elaborate aside that has nothing to do with the - ahem - "story" ).

If a man slapping a woman is pointless, unfunny and done for what could be mistaken as 'shock value' then a place on Family Gay it will have.

Forbidden Hippo said...

I didn't know they made a cartoon based on that Robin Williams movie.

On a side note, while I don't think it's nearly as visually creative or impressive, Superjail has fun hyper violence.

Isaak said...

I know this is "irrelephant", but are there plans to release the Ultimate Ren and Stimpy soon. It would look good on my Mantle piece.

Alex said...

The blog is advocating abuse to women? Gotta love the blog's rat-pack era sensibilities.

mike f. said...

Andy Capp is still the champ in this arena...

mike f. said...

The blog is advocating abuse to women? Gotta love the blog's rat-pack era sensibilities.

Yeah, modern hip-hop culture is just soooo much more respectful of women.

talkingtj said...

olive oyl was not his wife,just his goilfriend, popeye always defends the weeker sex,always respekts da wimmen.however a good haymaker has its place in any relationship. lol!

Alberto said...

Woah. Popeye not only knocked her teeth out, but smacked her mouth clean off.

Trevor Thompson said...

Superjail is amazing!!! Everyone gets hit and worse on that show!

Shawn Dickinson said...

"Gotta love the blog's rat-pack era sensibilities."

Actually, the most abusive (and funniest) Popeye cartoons are from the early 30's...(The Three Stooges era). But these days I wouldn't expect many people to actually know - let alone appreciate - that.

HemlockMan said...

One thing that hit me about Popeye in the earlier color toons was that when I was about seven years old I realized that Popeye had no teeth! You could see his gums when he talked! It was totally gross!

LukejayS. said...

"...That you can't even smoke in front of." Hahahaha

jeffreyJack said...

Hey, I saw "Unclean With Bluto" on Popeye Cartoon Theatre in 1963. Colonel Caboose stopped it halfway through so I never saw how it ends.

ther1 said...

I know you're not really interested in videogames but there was a late '80s one called Leisure Suit Larry, which was the closest thing in half a century to a rat-pack view of ladies.

You're a dumpy, low-class, aging schlub whose only goal in the game is to get laid, and if you don't do it in time he shoots himself like an old Warner Brothers character. Young' uns may want to check it out.

J C Roberts said...

I don't remember too much "wimmen" beatings being handed out, but it's been a while and I haven't gotten to most of the DVD sets yet either, so it may have been more than I recall.

What I do remember as a regular event in the old Fleischers is enough animal abuse to make PETA start an animation division.

It was pretty common to have Popeye thrash the critters so hard they'd turn into bags and shoes and other by-products. Even the original Segar strips had such animal abuse, such as Wimpy grinding an entire cow into burgers.