Saturday, June 26, 2010

saturday morning cartoons

The other day I found a great site while searching for the correct wording of a Popeye quote. Before you say anything, I want to go on record as believing there is, quite likely, a Popeye the Sailor Man quote for nearly any occasion. (This is also true for Rocky and Bullwinkle, a rich subject for another day).

My longtime friend Bill, a screenwriter, uses the phrase "Popeye point" to describe that critical point in a story where the protagonist "has all [he] can stands, and [he] can't stands no more." I acks you, what better way to describe it?

The Popeye canon is rich with uncommon wisdom. But don't take my word for it. Here is a link to a site that has culled some Popeye quotes from the 1980 feature film and a few very early cartoons. This is the site I used, but there are actually several:

Quotes site- Popeye

And a couple of quotes to get you started:

Popeye: That's just one of them invisible garages that you can't see on the desert.

Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves 1937


Popeye: Wrong is wrong, even when it helps ya.

Popeye 1980


[After pulling off Abu Hassan's long johns]
Popeye: Abu Hassan got 'em anymore!
Abu Hassan: You want to make fool from me?
Popeye: Aah, nature beat me to it.

Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves 1937


Here's a link to the IMDb entry for the 1980 film starring Robin Williams and Shelley Duvall, directed by Robert Altman, written by Jules Feiffer. I don't remember many details about that film, but I do recall thinking it was an eerily perfect cast.

Popeye, 1980

But as many of you know, Popeye the cartoon character goes way back to Max Fleischer, a man of exceptional talent, vision, and accomplishment. Few people, at least outside of the film industry, realize the father of Popeye was also the inventor of the rotoscope.

More about Mr. Fleischer soon.

Where's the entrance to the exit? - Popeye the Sailor Man

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