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The Fistic Mystic (1946)

Popeye and Olive enter the city of Badgag and spot Bluto doing magic tricks. He hypnotizes Olive like a snake charmer. Bluto introduces himself as the Great Bourgeois and gives Olive a ... See full summary »

Directors:

Seymour Kneitel, Graham Place (uncredited)

Writers:

Isadore Klein (story) (as I. Klein), Jack Ward (story)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Jackson Beck Jackson Beck ... Bluto (voice) (uncredited)
Mae Questel ... Olive Oyl (voice) (uncredited)
Harry Welch Harry Welch ... Popeye (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Popeye and Olive enter the city of Badgag and spot Bluto doing magic tricks. He hypnotizes Olive like a snake charmer. Bluto introduces himself as the Great Bourgeois and gives Olive a fancy dress, turns Popeye into a donkey, and sits on a bed of nails. Popeye pounces on the bed and turns it into springs. The boys next compete in snake charming; Popeye blows a hornpipe on his pipe. Bluto next turns Popeye into a parrot. Bluto then locks Olive in a basket and does the sword trick; Olive escapes and gives parrot Popeye his spinach, which revives him. Bluto escapes with the rope trick and a flying carpet, but Popeye uses his pipe like a rocket to get aloft. Another battle, with Popeye using Bluto's own magic to turn Bluto into a canary. Popeye and Olive fly the carpet home, past the Statue of Liberty. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 November 1946 (USA) See more »

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Famous Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Jack Mercer was on active military duty and wasn't available to do Popeye's voice for this cartoon. See more »

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Featured in Penny Antics (1955) See more »

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The king of snake charming
11 November 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

1946 started off the post-war Popeye period quite well. None of the cartoons from the series that year were classics and they had pretty much similar strengths and flaws. They did suffer from not being particularly original, with some previous Popeye cartoons being remade and somewhat too faithfully and Popeye had a temporary voice change that never quite clicked with me, plus Olive tended to be wasted. They were though well made, scored and were entertaining enough.

Found 'The Fistic Mystic' to be one of the better 1946 Popeye cartoons, 'Rodeo Romeo' (quite unique for Popeye) being my personal favourite. None though of the previous 1946 cartoons were less than enjoyable, all above average and more though only 'Rodeo Romeo' in my view was great. 'The Fistic Mystic' is not a classic, but it is well animated, scored and entertaining, with great character interaction and it executes a nice concept more than competently.

The conflict can be a little predictable and easy, the outcome never in doubt.

When it comes to Popeye's voice, if comparing the most prolific voice actor Jack Mercer and his temporary replacement Harry Welch it is a no-brainer as to who is better. Popeye's trademark asides and mumblings have a lot more impact voiced by Mercer, though Welch does give it a good stab considering that he had big shoes to fill.

Popeye though is as amusing and likeable as said, while Bluto is even funnier and even more interesting. Their chemistry really carries 'The Fistic Mystic' and has considerable energy and sees a lot of funny out-smarting moment between them. Olive serves more purpose to the story than just being the love interest/damsel in distress and proves to be useful in how the cartoon resolves. When it comes to the gags, there is hardly a shortage of them, quite the opposite. All of it works and the use of the snake charming and magic tricks are very imaginative and funny. While the story may be a somewhat formulaic one, it is elevated by the chemistry between Popeye and Bluto.

Moreover, the animation is bright and colourful with beautifully detailed backgrounds. The music is typically on point, lots of merry energy and lush orchestration, adding a lot to the action and making the impact even better without being too cartoonish.

Concluding, very entertaining. 8/10


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