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My Reviews (5 reviews)

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Popeye The Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves 10 out of 5 stars

The very best Popeye cartoon I've ever seen

Reviewed by: bigmikegauk, May 13, 2004

I am nearly 45 years old and I have never seen a better Popeye cartoon than this one. The older I get, the more I appreciate the earlier Popeye cartoons. It's a pity that more longer ones, especially of this quality weren't made. I'm just wondering if this one was originally made in color and not just later "colorized". This is a beautifully realized cartoon throughout. I only wish that I oould have been around to see it in it's initial release on the big screen. It must have been an awesome experience.
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Popeye The Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves 10 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by: wayne, August 19, 2003

This one has to be the best of any of the Popeye cartoons! There's humor (Popeye says "Abdul Hassin got it anymore" after geting his clothes back, & he says, "I'm burning the candle at both ends." get it? I think this cartoon should have won an award of some kind. The adlibbing that Popeye does is classic & he did that a lot in the early years. I think the colorization is great & its an example of the fact that other Popeye cartoons would have been in color if Walt Disney didn't own the rights to color. As for me I intend on keeping my colored versions & never will "destroy them on sight."
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Popeye The Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves 10 out of 5 stars

LOCK ALL YOUR WINDOWS AND DOORS TODAY

Reviewed by: mikelacy, June 29, 2003

The Fleischer Studios surpass the greatness of Sindbad in this amazingly funny cartoon. From the moment the iris opens on Ali Baba (Bluto)and the forty thieves on a magnificent desert 3D setback you know it's going to be a thrill paced ride! The title song for this cartoon is almost better than that of Sinbad. Gus Wickie's voice talents once again soar. His ad libs are even funnier this time araound...look for the terrible...(but funny) post synching snafu in the cave after Bluto crashes into the fountain!!

Seeing Olive "dolled" up in her fashionable sun hat certainly lends her some glamour. The Fleischer's manipulation of reality shines in this episode when every radio device comes to cartoon life and sings and sways to the title song.

The walk accross the desert (featuring bones and skulls) is hysterical as mirages appear causing the trio of Popeye, Olive, and Wimpy to react in beautifully characterized "takes".

The menu scene in the cafe is one of the most memorable sight gags in Fleischer history. Not to mention the expertly animated frantic and gag filled looting of the desert oasis. There is so much in this cartoon that after 100s of viewings I see little things that I missed before. Olive being silenced during the abduction scene with an old boot is priceless. Wimpy's antics are none stop and watching him sneak food from "Abu Hassen" very masterfully capture the true essence of Segar's famous moocher.

The cave sequence with its glittering jewel encrusted setback is breathtaking. I am constantly amazed at the time and effort that went into these models.

Dave Fleischer and the animators make sure that all forty of the theives are animated wich shows the care and planning which are hallmakrs of the Fliescher cartoons. I cannot recomend this cartoon highly enough. It like Sinbad should have been rewarded with an Oscar, but it was still a Disney dominated Accademy era. Such a pity, if the Fleischer brothers and their animators only knew how beloved these cartoons would become they would have never fallen into the imitate Uncle Walt trap.

Open Cecil, Open Sissy, Open Sesame!!! Open this cartoon and learn what great storytelling could be accomplished in a mere 20 minutes!
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