Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Title: Never Sock a Baby
Running time (of viewed version): 5:48
Synopsis: Popeye very gently spanks Swee'Pea, who runs off, avoiding dangers until Popeye gets involved.
Comments: An early anti-spanking cartoon, because babies were the main retirement plan back then. Incidentally, I've never thought of spanking as "socking". I thought for sure Popeye was going to end up punching the kid right in the face, or maybe stuff him in a sock and throw him in the river. Shadows under Swee'Pea's fingers look like random vicious talons. THe overhead shot of the bridge crossing is an interesting choice; bold, yet it doesn't quite work. The angel conscience speaks differently than Popeye; the devil pretty much just talks like Popeye. Popeye pulls one cliff to another, as at least one ape in a Bugs Bunny cartoon would eventually do. The cartoon feels short. Swee'Pea seems to have a witch and a bull and a Gandy Goose amongst the things painted on his wall. I wonder if horned Popeye from this and horned Bluto from Wotta Nitemare are friends. Abnormally high proportion of "it's all a dream" cartoons for Popeye this year... Good line: "Don't drown til I get there". It's good that Popeye seems to have a baby coffin sitting in his living room. Popeye has a droopy formless kiss; must be due to his lack of teeth.
This is a really busy couple of release days; six cartoons in two days. Nevertheless, this is the last Fleischer short for the year; as they still had a feature to crank out, that's totally understandable.