Western Animation: Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp
aka: Popeye In Aladdin And His Wonderful Lamp
What can I do for you?
I'd do most anything you asked me to.
I'd go and get that pot of gold from the rainbow,
and bring it where you are,
and then, i'd hitch, you wagon to a star.
What can I do for you?
Hey how'd ya like 'ta have yer dreams come true?
I'd like 'ta make ya happy through and through!
'Deed I do!
So what can I do for you?
— Aladdin (Popeye) (singing the cartoon's opening music)
After the massive success of Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor
in 1936 and Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves
in 1937, Fleischer Studios spent the next couple years or so creating the piece de resistance of the Popeye Arabian Nights Trilogy with Popeye the Sailor in: Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp
.Olive Oyle finds herself tasked with writing a script
for a new Hollywood blockbuster, and decides she wants to write an epic love story, casting herself as a beautiful princess, and Popeye as the male lead. In ancient Arabia, an evil wizard lusts for power as well as the hand of the ruler of the kingdom, Princess Jasmine. To this end, he seeks the fabled Genie of the Lamp, hidden in the Cave of Treasures which can only be reached by a single person — the smith Aladdin. Enlisting his help by telling him it's a request from the princess herself, he leads Aladdin to a cave outside of the city, then feigns exhaustion to get Aladdin to risk his life alone. Aladdin finds the lamp hidden behind a wall, and takes it to the wizard, who promptly betrays him and seals him in the cave, but ends up losing the lamp which falls into the cave with Aladdin
. When Aladdin awakes, he's trapped in the cave, but accidently stumbles across the power of the lamp, releasing the Genie. Aladdin uses his first wish to get out of the cave, and the second to become a wealthy prince so he can romance the princess. The two immediatly hit it off, but the wizard gets his hands on the lamp, and uses his wishes to move the princess castle to a mountain, and hold her prisoner. Aladdin chases after them, fighting his way through the guards and dragon the wizard summons with the lamp, then goes toe to toe with the villain himself, before finally breaking out the spinach and curbstomps him. After having the Genie put the castle back in its old spot, the story ends, and Olive Oyle discovers that her script was rejected by the studio.
This cartoon, much like the other two Color Popeye
Two-Reelers has since fallen into the Public Domain
and can be found on a number of cheap DVDs and VHS.
This two-reel cartoon provides examples of: