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'GOONLAND' and other gold.......,
This review is from: Popeye the Sailor: 1938-1940 V.2 [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
'POPEYE the SAILOR' VOL.2 continues the ongoing release of the entire SAILOR SAGA from beginning to end, and these early, black-and-white [bar one] works from FLEISCHER STUDIOS represent more cartoon comedy gold from ANIMATION'S dazzling era of the 1930s and early '40s.
This 2-disc set presents bright, vividly detailed prints that are a credit to these works: there is occassional shaking, wobbling opening titles etc, but these occur only twice I really noticed, and overall these cartoons are in pretty good shape, certainly good enough for me, [someone who can't stand substandard picture clarity.]
Kicking off with 'I YAM LOVE SICK',-----a brilliantly offbeat short featuring bizarre boffins giving POPS the medical going-over----this set contains a wide range of non-formulaic, inventive, atmospheric delights.
A highlight here is undoubtedly 'GOONLAND', in which PAPPY is saved from imprisonment on a remote island: this beauty contains the scene where the onscreen battling between POPEYE and the GOONS causes the filmstrip to break----and a LIVE-ACTION pair of hands hastily repairs the damaged film! Fantastic stuff....
Some of these gems I hadn't seen before, and some, like 'MUTINY AIN'T NICE' are atmospheric gems that truly deserve a wider audience: 'WOTTA NIGHTMARE' is an eerie, spellbinding effort containing much surrealism as POPEYE encounters typical 'dreamlike' situations: running in slow-motion, etc. It has to be said that the COLOUR entry here, 'ALADDIN and his WONDERFUL LAMP' [approx. 15 mins long] isn't quite up to the level of the previous 2-reeler 'specials', but still features radiant colour, excellent background design and memorable character poses.
The 'JEEP' makes a welcome appearance [twice] and this set also contains a decent-length documentary on the FLEISCHER STUDIO story, which features much archive clips. A bonus here is definately the TECHNICOLOR 'SUPERMAN' short: 'the MECHANICAL MONSTERS'  : here, lovingly restored to pin-sharp glory......hopefully the entire 'SUPERMAN' cartoon catalogue will be released eventually.
I collect much vintage ANIMATION collections, but these FLEISCHER masterpieces undoubtedly give me the most pleasure. I can appreciate the artistry of DISNEY'S work, but much of their output was over-refined and 'soft' in gag-structure; I personally prefer the no-holds-barred, rollocking anarchy that sums up these hypercharged works.
All that could really equal this stuff would be a fully restored set of TEX AVERY'S M-G-M work, which has still to surface.
'POPEYE' VOL 3 [out SEP. 30] covers the WAR years......the tantalizing clips illustrated here make my mouth water already............can't wait!
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