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Nothing interests filmmaker Robert Altman more than a contained culture that mixes bare humanity with local eccentricity (think of his M*A*S*H and Nashville). So Altman's Popeye (1980), based on the old comic strip, works best as a portrait of a busy, cluttered, cartoonish town called Sweethaven. But it is much less successful as a comprehensible story about the famous sailor with massive forearms and a relationship with Olive Oyl (Shelley Duvall). Robin Williams plays Popeye with his usual brilliance for mimicry, Paul Dooley makes a credible Wimpy, and Paul L. Smith makes an impression as the oversized bully, Bluto. But this strange, disastrous film never becomes more than an expensive workshop airing out Altmanesque themes. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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On the other hand, after starting out like a masterpiece, it doesn't really go anywhere. The plot lines get more conventional and less subversive as it goes along, and the climax is pretty instantly forgettable. At first you think it's going to be Popeye meets Threepenny Opera, a complex social satire under the jokes, but it ends up just sweet, good natured, wonderfully done, but slightly shallow fun. That's more than enough reason to see it, but disappointing when you think what could have been.
Robin Williams is the only actor in history that could have pulled off the role of Popeye. His comic genius is now a known fact now but back in 1980 this movie proved he could do more than just Mork from Ork. Shelley Duvall, same thing, no one else could have done the Olive Oyle role any better. Had they decided to set the movie in the real world it may not have worked out, however, by creating a mythical island town like Sweethaven, it allowed the movie to feel like you were being transported to a wierd, trippy world where no one is completely normal.
I agree with a previous review that this movie suffered from a bad marketing strategy. It really straddles the fence between being a movie for adults or kids. This is probably why it stands the test of time so well. Do yourself a favor and watch this movie, it was just released on DVD and the print quality is outstanding. Not many extras but beggars can't be choosers.
"Popeye the Sailor" was created by E.C. Segar as a character in the black & white (later color), Fleischer Brothers newspaper strip "Thimble Theatre" (which was a comic about The Oyl Family). He later made his debut with his own cartoon short, seen on movie screens everywhere in 1933.
Walt Disney Pictures teamed with Paramount Pictures to create the 1980 live action movie directed by Robert Altman, bringing the comic character turned cartoon star into a living breathing human. The parts of Popeye and Olive Oyl were originally going to be played by Dustin Hoffman and Lilly Tomlin but ultimately went to Robin Williams and Shelley Duvall in perfect casting roles. The entire gang was aboard for the ride (Bluto, Wimpy, Swee' Pea, and all the rest along with plenty of new friends and foes).
Despite Popeye being a Segar/Fleischer creation as well as having later associations with A.A.P. (Associated Artists Productions), Hanna Barbera, Disney & Paramount, Popeye is best known as being a "King Features Syndicate" and will forever be linked to all animators and produces as being King's trademark. In fact, because the exact rights for Popeye were so confusing, he was mysteriously missing from the 1989 cartoon/live action movie "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" as the most notably absent cartoon. Due to fear of being sued, Touchstone Pictures sadly left Popeye out of the film, while every other one of his contemporaries from Mickey Mouse to Bugs Bunny appeared in the famous "Toon Town" scenes. Today, Popeye is alive and well with the King Features clan.Read more ›
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I bought this because it's one of my sisters favorite and I haven't seen it anywhere it's still a cute movie and enjoyable to watchPublished 2 months ago by sheila peterson
Fast shipping, item as described, thanks ! Envoi rapide, objet tel que décrit, merci !Published 3 months ago by David Gagnon
Popeye, the sailor man, punches an octopus in the face. And eats spinach out of a can. And probably has some kind of weird cancer in his arms.Published 3 months ago by Chris Hatt
The picture looks like the product is sent a some type of collectable contaiber but it is not. Great movie thoPublished 4 months ago by kennyd
The movie video was fine but the sound was terribly low.Published 9 months ago by Alexander Sutherland