Thursday, November 10, 2016

Toon Legends: Popeye in Aladdin & His Wonderful Lamp (1939)

This was the last of the Fleischers' extra-length Popeye cartoons. After battling Sinbad and portraying Ali Baba, Popeye (Jack Mercer) takes on the role of Aladdin, thanks to a script being drawn up by Olive (Margie Hines), who's working at a movie studio. The story comes to life as Olive works on the script, suggesting that she's daydreaming.

Here's "Aladdin & His Wonderful Lamp":



The Paramount logo was edited off in order to keep the copyright police away, I'm sure. The scene where Aladdin (Popeye) calls, "Open Sezme!" (meaning Sesame, of course), was used for a time to open WPIX's daily block of Popeye shorts, and, with "Aladdin" clocking in at nearly 22 minutes, it would take up the entire half hour, with 2 commercial breaks.

Rating: B.

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