Thursday, July 29, 2010
1939 Number: 100
Title: It's the Natural Thing To Do
Running time (of viewed version): 6:41
Synopsis: The gang tries to be non-violent. It doesn't work out.
Comments: The 100th cartoon of the year. Self referentially a movie with the Popeye Fan Club at the beginning. Mocking the anti violence types, with a lack of violence leading to extreme boredom. Weird pupily (or rather eye white) shot of Popeye. That's right Olive, never dunk your donuts above your elbow. Additional tongue action. A bit more cartoony than normal. Punctuated movement, as in this, works better than constant movement. The title transitions to the action. In the opening fight, it jumps from pose to pose. The final fight involves all three fighting for the joy of it, Bluto making sure Popeye gets the spinach. Rather sexual undertones.
As I'm posting this, I've just finished work on Gulliver's Travels, and I have to say I'm glad to be reminded what a funny Fleischer cartoon looks like. (Sorry about the info gaps above, I'll fill them in at some point.)