Welcome to our newest column where we dust off our old cassette tapes to share some of our favorite musical movie moments.
While the film was met with mixed reviews and considered a flop financially (even though it doubled its production costs), to a young lad such as myself this film was completely awesome. I think I knew who Robin Williams was at the time because of Mork & Mindy, he was perfectly casted as the squinky eyed sailor. This is the type of film that when you’re a kid you love for the charm and cartoon-ish humor but when re-watched as an adult you see so much more and appreciate it more. There’s a lot of adult-level humor in Popeye that I never knew or got when I was younger and because of it I can still enjoy it till this day. A lot people probably don’t know that the town of Sweethaven is still intact and is a popular tourist attraction in Anchor Bay on the island of Malta. If you happen to be in Malta you should really check it out. You’d be a real dope if you were in Malta and missed out on seeing the Popeye town of Sweethaven.
The one thing that I always loved and moreso today is the soundtrack. While I didn’t realize this was a Robert Altman (M*A*S*H, Nashville, Short Cuts) film until college when I revisited it, I also then realized that the songs were all composed by Harry Nilsson (Without You, Coconut, One) and again had a better appreciation for the movie and its whimsical take on an old cartoon from the 30s.
While all the songs are fantastic and fun to sing-along to here’s a few cuts to help you remember how great they are. If you’re new to the Popeye motion picture I hope these tunes entice you to check out a forgotten classic. Popeye is available to watch on Instant Netflix.
When I revisited Popeye the movie in college with some buddies, this song in particular gave us quite a chuckle as we sang it on the cafeteria line. Still sing it occasionally around the dinner table.
A song so silly the lyrics are: “I’m so mean, I had a dream of beatin’ myself up. Broke my nose, I broke my hand, I wrestled myself to the ground and then, I choked myself to death and broke the choke, and woke up.”
“And he’s mine.” “You can have him!”
Was I the only person super shocked that this song was featured in that Adam Sandler bomb Punch-Drunk Love? So odd a choice to be used in a movie made in 2002. Nevertheless, a nice choice.