Popeye [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Williams/Duvall ~ Popeye
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(By the way, the same applies to the UK version of Pete’s Dragon. I think three songs were dropped from it for the British release, never restored in UK DVDs or TV broadcasts.)
Reviewed by the author of Send Him Victorious.
The movie also accomplishes wonderful nutty moments and does an amazing job of capturing the spirit of a live action cartoon without thankfully the need of any CGI effects. Much credit should be given to the work of Wolf Kroeger, the production designer, who has come up with a spectacular physical universe. His Sweethaven set, built on location on the island of Malta consists of a detailed and atmospheric fishing village where streets run at crazy angles and all the buildings lean together dangerously on the coast side.Read more ›
Shelly Duvall IS Olive Oil, and Robin Williams does a fine job as the Sailorman.
Check out... 34mins 30 seconds in, the wonderful ad-lib between Popeye (Williams) and Swee'Pea (Wesley Ivan Hurt/Robert Altmans grandson)
So in revenge I have cut out four of the stars it deserves. Robin Williams (at last at his true intellectual level) grumbles and mutters a wonderful dialogue throughout. His bulging biceps, his spinach makes him a real life copy of the cartoon Popeye.
And the gauche Shelley Duvall was designed from birth to play this part. Her singing, her angular arms, her big booted, dancing, clumsy feet have all the teenage gaucheness of her true love for her hero Popeye.
A wonderful film. Another reviewer claims the American DVD has not been cut. Maybe I'll send this one back and buy that.
Oh, and the sets are just fanatastic.
Disney have always enjoyed inserting 'homages' to their previous work but Popeye itself is referenced by their immensely successful Pirates Of The Caribbean - The Curse Of The Black Pearl - 1 disc . Robin Williams' initial appearance in the film is as Popeye in a small boat, which barely makes it to the pier. Upon climbing on to the pier, he's charged a mooring fee - the same fee as Sparrow is charged on an almost identical first appearance in POTC.
That apart, Popeye is well worth seeing, since the entire production is one of the quirkiest, oddest and musically deranged offerings ever made by the Disney company. Shelley Duvall's portrayal of Olive Oyl itself is worth the money, but the film is a must for anyone old enough to have enjoyed the animated features.
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Wonderful acting bringing to life the cartoon characters perfectly and very suitable for my grandsons to enjoy.Published 1 month ago by Patricia Brookes
I'm in my 20's and loved watching this with the kids, just like the old days.Published 2 months ago by Paul James Mason
a little disappointing. I purchased this after visiting the film set in Malta. Williams, however, was excellent as he always is in filmsPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of my all-time favourite films. You need to watch it several times to pick up on all of the amusing interjections. Williams was brilliant and Duval is gorgeous as Olive.Published 2 months ago by D