Is Popeye High Art? He Yam What He Yam

Posted by on October 10th, 2010 at 7:52 AM

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4 Responses to “Is Popeye High Art? He Yam What He Yam”

  1. patford says:

    It’s high art in my opinion.

  2. patford says:

    Jules Feiffer: “Popeye in Segar’s vision was the flawed common man as Walt Witman might have imagined him. Frank Capra directed him, and Samuel Beckett mixed with Eugene Ionesco hired to write the dialogue.
    More than 70 years after Segar’s death, the Popeye that was his creation lives on, still fresh with wit, style, whimsy, and surprise. Segar’s Popeye stands with the best of his thirties competitors, who happened to not be comic strip characters, but movie clowns: W.C. Fields, and the Marx Brothers.
    E.C. Segar was very good in his time; but times have gotten worse, and he is even better in our own. He provides smiles, and belly laughs and a sense of wonder at his mixture of civility, and audaciousness.
    And his level-headed brilliance leaves this reader in awe.”

  3. Matthias Wivel says:

    That’s a great quote! Thanks.

  4. patford says:

    True, but maybe Feiffer is just a shallow, fan boy, with no genuine critical faculties.
    Certainly I’m awfully confused because I see the Segar Thimble Theater as having great depth. It’s whole basis is a keen insight into the human heart.
    The best way I can explain how Thimble Theater works for me is every single time Wimpy says, “I’d like to invite you up to the house for a duck dinner. You bring the ducks.” it gets funnier. At some point just the anticipation of Wimpy going into his act becomes very funny.
    Segar can only be appreciated once you know the characters well.
    The cartoons on the other hand have nothing to do with Segar, and are near worthless.