Monday, November 30, 2015

From Comics to Toons: Popeye spins a yarn of Hamburger Fishing (1960)

One of the changes King Features enacted when they acquired the rights to produce their own Popeye shorts was to make Swee'pea more prominent, and for all intents & purposes phasing out Popeye's lookalike nephews. Swee'pea only appeared in a handful of shorts before KFS' 1960's run, and back then, didn't say much, if at all.

In "Hamburger Fishing", Swee'pea is one of three roles essayed by Mae Questel, in addition to Olive Oyl and the villainous Sea Hag. Popeye (Jack Mercer) tells the story of a destitute soul, who of course happens to be one J. Wellington Wimpy, forever in search of the perfect hamburger. Olive plays the part of an enchanted princess, turned into a cow by the Sea Hag.



Wimpy has always struck me as being dumber than a bag of hammers, but......!

Rating: B-.

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