THE JEEP (1938)
Article 5332 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Dave Fleischer and Seymour Kneitel
Featuring the voices of Jack Mercer and Margie Hines
What it is: Popeye cartoon
When Swee’Pea goes missing, Popeye employs the talents of his “magic dog” to track him down.
Usually when a Popeye cartoon does not add spinach and the super-powers it grants into the mix (like this one), it’s a little difficult to argue its inclusion in the realm of the fantastic. However, that’s no problem here; the Jeep, Popeye’s “magic dog”, is a legitimately fantastic character. He can disappear, defy gravity, and walk through walls. Bluto is absent from this cartoon, so the main story involves Popeye’s struggle to keep up with the Jeep as it tracks the baby. Jack Mercer gets to ad lib a lot of hilarious dialogue here, and you do have to wonder how Swee’Pea managed to get through some of obstacles encountered; that is, if the Jeep isn’t just leading Popeye on a pointless runaround. This one is a lot of fun.