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"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 Oyl 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 Olive. 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 accidentally 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 immediately 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 Oyl discovers that her script was rejected by the studio and she's been fired.


Little bit of trivia: Popeye eats five cans of spinach in this cartoon, the most he's ever consumed.

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:

  • All Just a Dream: All Just A Screenplay.
  • Benevolent Genie: The Genie is a very nice person, willingly helping Popeye to win Oliver's heart. When the Wazzir takes ownership of the lamp and begins making his own wishes, the Genie claims "You are crazy!" and only did the Wazzir's bidding after he coerced him with a whip.
  • Catchphrase: The Genie's "You want something?".
  • Digital Destruction: Mostly Averted, the picture is very clean and no damage is apparent, though it appears the colors have been turned up. Compare the official DVD restored version: [1] to a decent yet blurry public domain copy: [2] to the clips used in Popeye's Premier: [3]
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  • Disproportionate Retribution: For whatever reason, the studio disliked Olive's script so much that they gave her the pink slip.
  • Framing Device: The whole story is actually a script written by Olive Oyl for the studio "Surprise Pictures".
  • Her Codename Was Mary Sue: Olive's script has herself in the female lead with her boyfriend Popeye as The Hero.
  • Have a Gay Old Time:
    Popeye (Aladdin): I don't know what to say... I've never made love in technicolor before!
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: The evil Wazzir wishes one up, which Popeye promptly beats back using a combo of Asbestos and Spinach power!
  • Large Ham: The evil Wazzir and the Genie.
  • Prophecies Rhyme All the Time:
    A rub on this lamp will bring riches & fame
    This lamp is well guarded by torrents & flame
    But one dare secure it, Aladdin's his name
    He liveth on the corner of Chow and Main
  • Public Domain Animation
  • Recycled Animation: Parts of this cartoon would be recycled in the 1949 Famous Studios short Popeye's Premier where Popeye and Olive Oyl watch it as a movie (with Popeye even giving his movie self a can of spinach!).
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: This is the only one of Popeye Arabian Nights Trilogy to not have Bluto play the role of the villain.
  • Three Wishes: Averted. Much like the original tale, the Genie can apparently grant unlimited wishes to WHOEVER possesses the lamp. The Evil Wazzir is able to squeeze out five wishes before being defeated. Popeye, in addition to the three he made when he had the lamp, made one more to restore his princely status.
  • Ungrateful Townsfolk: Although Popeye was nothing but benevolent and generous towards ordinary people after becoming a prince, they turn on him immediately and try to have him summarily executed after the Princess is abducted by Genie along with her palace (on Wazzir's order) and Popeye is suspected of having something to do with it. This is in stark contrast with the original story, where Aladdin's execution was postponed precisely because his previous generosity and kindness prompted the citizens to stand in his defence and start a riot.

Alternative Title(s): Popeye In Aladdin And His Wonderful Lamp


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