Thursday, May 20, 2010
Title: Wotta Nitemare
Running time (of viewed version): 7:21
Synopsis: Popeye dreams Olive prefers Bluto, and then unreasonably beats up Bluto in the real world.
Comments: Sleeping Popeye looks like a skin demon, but it's because it turns out it's his feet. This Popeye looks redder than usual in the first sequence (he's still black and white, but I get the impression he's red. Lucky Pierre Bluto is the great god Pan (I'd say the Krampus except he doesn't have a switch or a sack), fooling around with winged Victory Olive. OK, maybe I'm overthinking it, but isn't that what people do to dreams? The cartoon is cheapened by spending more than bookend times in the real (to Popeye) world instead of the interesting dream land (even if it is reminiscent of the sixth season of Lost). Air heads are cool. For some reason, Wimpy eats a big bowl of slop instead of the big plate of hamburgers. There are a couple of shots of Bluto with his eyes wide open, which explains why characters in the cartoon don't tend to show much of the whites of their eyes. Popeye's tongue is out while being strangled as if he were in one of the Lantz Mello Dramas (or a Thai closet). Popeye is pulling some sort of short, curly, black hair from his mattress and is eating it like spinach in his sleep. When eating handfuls of pubic hair, Popeye does not need spinach, he just needs to suckerpunch Bluto when he is caught unaware.
(Jerry Beck's commentary mentions this is the first Popeye cartoon without a Seegar credit, and that it's one of four 1939 Popeyes with non ship titles.)
Addition: Wotta Nitemare poster: