When Kid Vid Overlapped With School
Color Popeyes Sully Weekday Viewing Ponds
|Another of Jerry Merritt's Channel 8|
Gigs: Dialing For Dollars
Shape Ahoy was released in 1945, several seasons after Max and Dave Fleischer got walking papers, being a decided stinker beside even weakest of theirs. Popeye and Bluto retire to an island where no "wimmen" are allowed, three years' isolation having brought them very close, with no plan to re-enter a disruptive mainstream. Would I have noted such odd arrangement on first exposure to Shape Ahoy, or did post-Apocalypse Popeyes go immediately down this boy's memory chute? The pair had mended fences before, but never to such degree. I wondered if even Olive's castaway arrival could disrupt Popeye and Bluto's shared commitment. She/it does, of course, rivalry reignited via food stuffed down Olive, for which reward is a kiss. Was all this to somehow simulate sex that cartoonists were forbidden to depict? Or maybe me reading too much into an essentially lame reel. Frames captured here are from 16mm faded to peculiar hue, which might be preferred way to watch Shape Ahoy. It's also on You Tube with much better color.