Popeye, Olive Oyl, and Bluto in THE SPINACH ROADSTER (1936) – You auto watch this cartoon

PopeyePopeye drives into view singing about his new car, which looks as though it was bought used from Laurel & Hardy. (His idea of braking is to drop an attached anchor behind the car. Does the dealership charge extra for that anchor?)

Bluto, naturally, pulls up in a mile-long convertible, but for once Olive Oyl isn’t bowled over. When she opts to ride with Popeye, Bluto does everything he can think of to sabotage Popeye’s trip, including setting up a fake detour to send Popeye and Olive up a precarious mountainside. (Hmm, is this where Wile E. Coyote got his plans a decade later?)

This cartoon is a real wowser, full of “thrill” gags and even more snappily paced than usual. It hums along like Bluto’s snazzy roadster.

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


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