Popeye, Bluto, and Olive Oyl in LET’S GET MOVIN’ (1936) – A very moving cartoon


Olive is getting ready to move from her apartment, singing how happy she is about the move. (Are most people this cheery when they have a day of moving ahead of them?)

Popeye arrives and is eager to help, but Olive scoffs at his offer and laughs that she’s already hired a strong man for the job. (Yeah, ’cause Popeye’s spinach-inspired flights of fancy have never impressed her much.)

Popeye sulks as Bluto the moving man gets Olive all worked up, leading to the inevitable who’s-better contest and the spinach-mainlining. In the end, The Boys’ duel has reduced Olive’s worldly possessions to a single flowerpot — but hey, at least she got the guy with the muscles!

A fairly formulaic cartoon is again saved by the Fleischers’ great perspective work, with Popeye rapidly catching stuff thrown from three stories above him by Bluto.

On a rating scale of 1 to 4 spinach cans, I give this cartoon: CanCanCan


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