Popeye: When Popeye Ruled the World (DVD)
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Shuteye Popeye
It's late at night, and Popeye is snoring so loudly that the suction is pulling the drawers out of his bedroom bureau. This annoys a little mouse living in the wall of the house, who is unable to get any sleep. Unable to persuade Popeye to stop snoring, the mouse resorts to a variety of other "silencing" methods, such as flooding the entire house. Ultimately, spinach enters the scene--but this time it's mouse who eats the leafy green vegetable. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi, Rovi

Taxi-Turvey
Rival cabdrivers Popeye and Bluto carry on a lively "taxi war" in the middle of downtown, with Bluto playing unfair by literally stealing Popeye' customers. Finally, Popeye manages to persuade Olive Oyl to choose his cab over Bluto's, whereupon another battle royale ensues. Kidnapping Olive and snatching Popeye's ubiquitous spinach can ("You ain't eatin' no spinach in THIS picture!), Bluto drives directly into the path of a speeding train--and now the "fun" REALLY begins. This cartoon offers one of the earliest examples of Popeye's enthusiastic "scat" singing. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi, Rovi

Bride and Gloom
In a blissful mist, Olive Oyl dreams about her upcoming marriage to Popeye the Sailor. She imagines giving birth to two pugnacious youngsters (apparently born with diapers already in place!), both of whom are dead ringers for their dear old dad. But the dream turns into a nightmare as the two mini-Popeyes lay waste to their parents' house, shooting dishes as they pop from the toaster, using piano wires for a bow and arrow, etc. When Olive tries to lay down the law, the kids mount an offensive against her. Needless to say, when Popeye arrives the next morning all dressed for the wedding, he's in for quite a surprise. Bride and Gloom is a remake of the 1940 "Popeye" cartoon Wimmin is a Myskery. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi, Rovi

Gopher Spinach
Popeye heads to his backyard garden to lovingly plant several rows of hi-bred spinach stalks (which he carries in a baby carriage). Alas, the stalks prove mighty tempting to a hungry gopher, who threatens to deplete Popeye's garden before the spinach even gets a chance to grow up. After a lengthy and painful chase, Popeye prepares to kill the gopher with a shotgun, but balks when he is impressed by the little fellow's courage. This act of kindness has its reward when Popeye finds himself menaced by a rampaging bull. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi, Rovi

Private Eye Popeye
Decked out in full "Sherlock Holmes" regalia, Private Eye Popeye literally traces a mysterious phone call to the magnificent home of wealthy Olive Oyl. The lady of the house hires Popeye to guard her precious emerald (which turns the whole room green whenever its case is opened) with his life. Unfortunately, the emerald is almost immediately stolen by Olive's treacherous butler, who leads Popeye on a round-the-world chase. Though the butler has a head start, he is unable to shake the ubiquitous Popeye, who, evidently emulating Tex Avery's "Droopy", pops up in various guises wherever the villain goes. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi, Rovi

Cookin' With Gags
Popeye, Olive and Bluto go on a picnic, with Bluto taking full advantage of the fact that this is April Fool's Day. Playing several rather sadistic practical jokes on Popeye, Bluto manages to get away with it by shouting "April Fool." Olive chides Popeye for not having a sense of humor, but when she is the victim of one of Bluto's gags she isn't exactly laughing--and worst of all, she blames Popeye for the prank. Unable to rely on his can of spinach (Bluto has even managed to sabotage that!), Popeye gets his revenge on Bluto in a unique and hilarious fashion. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi, Rovi

Popeye For President
It's a Presidential election year, and the leading candidates are Popeye, representing the Spinach Party, and Bluto, heading the Blutocratic Party. When the result of the election comes in (apparently the same day the two candidates start campaigning!), it turns out to be a tie. The deciding vote belongs to "farmerette" Olive Oyl, the only resident of Green County. Popeye and Bluto both hightail it to Olive's farm, hoping to win her support by helping with the chores. Eventually, however, the usual slapstick nonsense prevails, and the outcome of the election is determined by a little spinach power. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi, Rovi

Insect to Injury
No sooner has he put the finishing touches on his new, self-constructed house than Popeye is invaded by a vast and terrifying army of termites. In typical cartoon fashion, the little pests eat everything made of wood in their path, and for a while it looks like they're unstoppable. Clearly, spinach is called for--and that's what Popeye uses to outwit the now-bloated termites with an even newer house that can't be eaten, no way, no how. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi, Rovi

A Haul in One
In this remake of the 1936 "Popeye" cartoon Let's Get Movin', Popeye and Bluto are partners in a hauling business--and good pals to boot. But friendship flies out the window when our two heroes are hired to move Olive Oyl's furniture out of her apartment. What should be a simple job turns into a fierce competition, with Bluto using various and sundry chairs, lamps, couches and kitchenware to put Popeye out of the way. A grand piano in the principal prop in the closing gag of this cartoon, which boats some impressive "minimalist" background art. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi, Rovi

Out to Punch
Popeye and "Battling Bluto" prepare for their upcoming prizefight in their adjacent training camps. To gain unfair advatage, Bluto devises a variety of fiendishly clever methods to sabotage Popeye. By the time of the big fight, poor Popeye is worn to a frazzle, and it looks like Bluto is the sure winner--until the Sailor Man's trainer Olive Oyl brings out his "secret weapon" (just guess what it is!). In this cartoon, Popeye has but two or three lines of dialogue (all lifted from other cartoons), suggesting that voice artist Jack Mercer was unavailable. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi, Rovi

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