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Strong to the Finich (1934)

Olive runs some kind of boarding school. She serves her charges a huge bowl of spinach, but they are less than enthusiastic about it. Popeye comes by and demonstrates the values of spinach:... See full summary »

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Dave Fleischer, Seymour Kneitel (uncredited)
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Uncredited cast:
William Costello William Costello ... Popeye (voice) (uncredited)
Bonnie Poe Bonnie Poe ... Olive Oyl (voice) (uncredited)
Mae Questel ... Children (voice) (uncredited)
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Olive runs some kind of boarding school. She serves her charges a huge bowl of spinach, but they are less than enthusiastic about it. Popeye comes by and demonstrates the values of spinach: he feeds some to a tree, which grows huge and sprouts a variety of fruit; he feeds a hen, which lays a dozen eggs, and he eats some himself to resist a prizefighter passing by. The children, inspired, feed some to a couple of sorry looking cows, which grow into vicious bulls, sending them up a tree. Popeye saves them, and they finally dig in. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 1934 (USA) See more »

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Fleischer Studios See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The title comes from Popeye's theme song and shows his pronunciation of "Finish" so he can rhyme it with "Spinach". See more »

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[Played when Popeye feeds spinach to the chicken]
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The values of spinach
23 August 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Dave Fleischer was responsible for many gems. Ones that were amusing and charming, though over-cuteness did come through in some efforts and the stories were always pretty thin, with appealing characters, outstanding music and visuals that were inventive and with innovative animation techniques.

'Strong to the Finich' is not quite one of the best Popeye cartoons to me. It is extremely well done though and has a lot going for it. Have always enjoyed many of the Popeye cartoons a good deal and like Popeye very much, Fleischer's efforts were always well animated and scored with lots of entertainment value and great chemistry between the characters. 'Strong to the Finich' has much of what makes the Popeye series so appealing in its prime era and does nothing to waste the main characters or make them less interesting. It is another nice change of pace.

The story is an interesting and beautifully paced one, never being dull, if formulaic (not uncommon with the Popeye cartoons). The material make it even more entertaining, 'Strong to the Finich' is non-stop fast-paced fun though very creepy, avoiding the trap of repetition.

All the characters are great, though Olive Oyl is a bit underused and her material not as great as the rest. There is a lot of energy here and some educational value regarding the spinach. Popeye is always amusing and likeable and the children aren't too cute.

Furthermore, the animation is beautifully drawn and with enough visual detail to not make it cluttered or static and lively and smooth movement. The music is also outstanding, lots of merry energy and lush orchestration, adding a lot to the action and making the impact even better without being too cartoonish. Fleischer's direction is always accomplished and his style is all over it.

Voice acting is dynamic and of very good quality, Bonnie Poe fits Olive Oyl well and William Costello is fine as Popeye.

Overall, strong effort. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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