Tuesday, July 31, 2007

EDIT: I Yam Gettin' This!

Okay, folks. I suffered through everybody's "Harry Potter Fetish" posts last week, now it's my turn!

Today, the first POPEYE THE SAILOR DVD set finally hits the retail shelves around the country. Unlike that Potter book, there have been no "minute after midnight" hyped-up "events." I'm just going to wait until after work and drive over to the Best Buy and purchase it.

I've only briefly mentioned my cartoon mania on this blog, but I am a cartoon nerd. There, I've said it!

The black and white Popeye cartoons, specifically, started me down this path of nerdom, oh so many years ago. Maybe sometime I'll do a long post about my Popeye-centric obsessions.

But right now, I'm counting down the minutes until I can hit that Best Buy check-out line.

Well, Blow me down! Arf, arf, arf!

UPDATE: The van finally gave up the ghost last night! This stranded me at home with the Li'l One while Mommy was at work. Hence, no trip to Best Buy for the Popeye set. I'm pretty sure it'll be in stock for more than one day; I'll just try again some other time. GOSH! Maybe I'm not that big a "cartoon nerd" after all!

UPDATE #2: OK, I got it Wednesday. My moment of doubt is over. I yam a cartoon nerd (an' that's all wot I yam!)

14 Comments:

Blogger Dx said...

I agree. Popeye has got to be a better choice than the hyped up Harry. I'm not a cartoon nerd but I do remember my visit to the Popeye village in Malta where they shot the film. Amazing place.

July 31, 2007 10:54 AM  
Blogger Craig D said...

Gosh, dx.

From the sound of things, I'd say you're moving to Malta! I think the Rough House Diner is still in operation!

July 31, 2007 11:28 AM  
Blogger charlottalove said...

I'm sure you will devour the dvd in less time it took me to read Harry Potter. :o) Of course, the satisfaction and excitement will be just as great.

How many more minutes?...

July 31, 2007 2:01 PM  
Blogger Craig D said...

Damnit!

Somebody's been circulating spoilers about this on the internet!

Rumor has it that Popeye ends up eating a can of spinach and beating up Bluto.

Keep in mind, though, that it's only a rumor. I'll believe it when I see it!

July 31, 2007 2:14 PM  
Anonymous Ian House said...

I went out to get my copy during lunch. INCREDIBLE!! Just simply amazing! The anticipation for this DVD release has been handsomely rewarded with one of the most beautifully produced DVDs possible. There is so much love and respect here -from the embossed tin case, to the package graphics and font choices, to the quality of the print and sound restorations, to the quality and quantity of the additional commentaries and featurettes. Bravo Warner Bros!! This set is worth twice the price, easily. When you see one of the cartoons for the first time, your eyes literally pop out of your head. It's like watching them for the FIRST time, not the hundredth ... I don't know if everyone here has a favorite Popeye cartoon ... but I do. It's "A Dream Walking" from 1934 (disk one). What a treat! (For the reprobates among you, this is your golden opportunity to briefly ogle Olive Oyl in all of her glorious nudeness :-)

I have celebrated this release by bending and breaking all of my cheap-bargain-budget public domain Popeye DVDS. I'll have to keep my Bettys for a while longer until she is given the same star treatment. Unfortunately, Warner Bros. does not own the rest of the Fleischer library -the Bettys, Supermans or either of the two features. They are in the public domain plain and simple. Will they EVER get the same restoration? My dream is to see "Mr. Bugs Goes To Town", my favorite Fleischer production, get a similar restoration ... but I fear I will be an old man by then. But, as this DVD release proves, dreams DO come true!

July 31, 2007 5:32 PM  
Blogger Gale said...

Oh Popeye!!!!

July 31, 2007 9:20 PM  
Blogger CS said...

I heard that Olive Oyl is not really dead and that Popeye turns out to be a Death-Eater.

July 31, 2007 11:31 PM  
Blogger Craig D said...

Ian: Oh, the pain! Owing to work schedule conflicts, compounded by our van finally giving up the ghost immediately after my coming home from work yesterday, I did NOT get to go to Best Buy last night! Oh, agony! A-GO-NEEE!

August 01, 2007 8:39 AM  
Blogger Dx said...

I suggested Popeye's village in Malta to Senior Management as one of our options. Response? Malta is an island and therefore too small for my new life. At least I know I'm not going to Malta.

August 01, 2007 11:55 AM  
Blogger Wizened Wizard said...

I've heard that there are hordes of older-than-Harry fans storming Best Buy today! You might have to fight to the finach for a copy!

August 01, 2007 12:53 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

I can blame my love of spinach on that pipe smoking sailor.

August 01, 2007 7:11 PM  
Blogger Bruce said...

Glad you were easily able to get your copy. For myself, about every store in North Vancouver AND downtown didn't have it in stock. (One fellow laughed at me, thinking I was either crazy or stupid, which I'm neither) The only place that I could purchase it was at a best buy on Cambie Street, which was fine and all, except for one thing; construction crews were hacking the up a huge chunk of the road for the Sea-to-Sky Highway upgrade.

Anyway, I had never been to a Best Buy before, so it was rather cool to see such unfamiliar surroundings (not so much for the huge horde of nerds that were demanding the 300 box set). Thankfully, six copies of the Popeye DVD (which had a nice, shinny tin) was available, so naturally, I snatch a copy, and went to the check-out counter.

Along the way out, I meet someone who had got the 300 Box set, and he wanted to talk, since he was taking a course in filmmaking.
I told him that I was inspired for my love of old sitcoms and movies (The Honeymooners, Our Gang, The Maltese falcon, Duck Soup). What surprised me is that he was a big Marx bros. fan, as well as being a sucker for Abbot and Costello, and all of the other masters of silent comedy.

I had mentioned to him that I enjoy watching cartoons from the Golden Age of animation, such as Warner Bros, Terrytoons, and Walter Lantz etc. I also mentioned to him that the series that is (to me) the most consistently funny and inventive was the Fleischer Studio Popeye cartoons. He wanted to see what I had purchased at Best Buy, so I had showed him my Popeye DVD. He started to say the following out loud: “Oh my FUCK. WHY ‘ID YOU BUY ‘HAT PIECE of SHIT?! Are ‘U A FUCKING LOOZER?! OH MY GOD, you MUST be a 'tuPID, childish retard! TALKING RADIOS? An ugly GURL WHO IS constantly fought over by two THUGS?! You and YOUR ‘EFFING Looney Tunes SHIT!

I was shocked, but I didn't care for his well being, so I decided to leave. Just before I went to catch my bus, I told him that using Profanity 'is the attempt of a lazy and feeble mind to express itself forcefully”.

So yeah, that was my horrible day.

August 05, 2007 8:25 AM  
Blogger Craig D said...

bruce: Geez! Sorry to hear your first trip to BEST BUY was so traumatic.

(What's funny is, you can find these sort of snobs and bullies even WITHIN the cartoon-loving community.)

This would've been a perfect opportunity to re-enact the plotline from the "ADVENTURES OF POPEYE" cartoon, don't you think?

I look forward to your take on this set, once you get to saok in it for a while.

August 06, 2007 10:44 AM  
Blogger angel said...

ug ug ug ug ug ug ug...
did you know there's a restaurant franchise in the uk and south africa named after "wimpy", the dude who never stops eating?

August 12, 2007 3:27 PM  

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