Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp



This short features Olive as a screenwriter for Surprise Pictures, working on a treatment of the story of Aladdin that will feature herself as the beautiful princess and Popeye as Aladdin, all the while speaking in rhyme. As she types, her adaptation of Aladdin comes to life on the screen, with Popeye having to use his wits against an evil vizier who seeks to control a magic lamp inhabited by a powerful genie. After completing the script, Olive gets a termination of employment notice from the front office, which reads “Your story of Aladdin is being thrown out… and so are you! [signed] Surprise.”

As in many Popeye cartoons, many of the gags are conveyed using dialogue. As Princess Olive awaits Popeye/Aladdin’s declaration of his love, he turns to the camera and remarks “I don’t know what to say… I’ve never made love in Technicolor before!” During the climactic battle between Aladdin and the vizier, Olive screams out “Help! Popeye—I mean Aladdin—save me!!”
Directed by Dave Fleischer
Story by Bill Turner (uncredited)
Jack Ward (uncredited)
Cal Howard (uncredited)
Izzy Sparber (uncredited)
Produced by Max Fleischer
Margie Hines
Jack Mercer
Tedd Pierce
Arthur Boran
Music by Sammy Timberg




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