Our ReFrederator Popeye-a-thon rocks on with “Patriotic Popeye” one of the very last theatrical shorts in the long running series. And it’s actually not bad, although Popeye seems to be on the receiving end of an awful lot of uncle abuse at the tiny hands of his nephews — his TWO nephews. The 1940’s started out with four identical nephews for the sailor man, then we saw their number reduced to three by the early fifties. Now we’re down to a dangerous duo.
I’ve harped on the subject of animated relatives before, but there are still some nagging questions here. What happens to downsized cartoon nephews? Were they offered a money-up-front retirement package, or were they unceremoniously kicked out the studio gates? What kind of employment opportunities are there for pint sized characters bearing an uncanny resemblance to world famous cartoon stars? And who’s missing — Poopeye? Pipeye? Pupeye? Peepeye? Inquiring minds want to know.
More Popeye tomorrow!
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