Friday, May 27, 2011
Title: Ration fer the Duration
Running time (of viewed version): 8:14
Commercial DVD Availability: Pv3
Synopsis: Victory gardens lead to a dream of Jack and the Beanstalk.
Comments: Tires as the Os in the title. Victory garden open. Popeye seems to be growing lots of tomatoes. My understanding is that tomatoes were not rationed (there was a Life of Riley based on this joke). So whether or not that's an intentional joke here or if they were just acting like Riley, I don't know. The chicken has the eyes of the carrier pigeon. Popeye is scolding the nephews for going fishing instead of planting a victory garden; doesn't fishing ultimately fulfill the same function of alternative food gathering? Kind of a Cain and Abel thing. I wonder if there were victory gardens in urban areas before mass urbanization. It would have been helpful if a city was besieged, but the mass of agricultural citizenry seems like it would have mooted it. I'm also not sure there were enough suburbs with lawn that weren't just farms for very long before WWII. This has more of the traditional Famous feel (traditional from the perspective of someone born after they'd finished making them) to it than the previous Popeye cartoons of the year. Fleischery toes (with ingrown nails) and nose (with disgusting bulb) on the giant. Harpo Marx cuckoo. The giant is a sugar hoarder. The chicken lays rubber. The first good looking Popeye cartoon of the year. "Pine-nipples". Combination of doteye and eye white Popeye; and in a shot, a combination of doteye Popeye and eyewhite nephews. The nephew hydra shot is good. Having the giant in a N.Y. Giants shirt is pretty cheap; even the giant thinks so.