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  • This was a very funny Popeye cartoon, right from the start before anyone said anything. Check out the spelling outside Popeye's gymnasium: "Healt Classes For Wimmen," "Vitaliky Is Personaliky" and Healt Is Wealt." Oddly, he spelled "Gymnasium" correctly. Figure that out!

    Bluto, who owns the cabaret next door, sees Olive head into the gym and stops here. "Hey, getting healthy is the bum. Come out with me and have a good time." Olive tells him to scram, so this brute really is jealous of his neighbor, who is getting all the customers while he is getting none.

    That sets up the normal conflict between these two rivals once again, except this has a twist. Bluto shaves, puts on a wig and heels and walks into Popeye's women's fitness class. Nobody knows each other in this episode. Olive calls Popeye "professor" as he leads an aerobics class (well, the 1930s version).

    Bluto disrupts the class, of course, and....well, I can't say without spoiling things but there are some outstanding sight gags in here and some funny mumbles by Popeye as this overgrown, muscular "woman" is causing havoc and Popeye won't fight back because a gentleman doesn't hit a woman.

    Whoever did Bluto's voice deserves accolades but he's not listed here. A guess is that it is Gus Wickie, who did most of the Popeye cartoons in the '30s.
  • Dave Fleischer was responsible for many gems. Ones that were amusing and charming, though over-cuteness did come through in some efforts and the stories were always pretty thin, with appealing characters, outstanding music and visuals that were inventive and with innovative animation techniques.

    'Vim, Vigour and Vitaliky' is classic Popeye the Sailor. It is extremely well done and never less than very funny, its best parts being hilarious. Have always enjoyed many of the Popeye cartoons a good deal and like Popeye very much, Fleischer's efforts were always well animated and scored with lots of entertainment value and great chemistry between Popeye, Olive Oyl and Bluto. 'Vim, Vigour and Vitaliky' has everything that makes the Popeye series so appealing in its prime era and does nothing to waste the three main characters or make them less interesting.

    The story is an interesting and beautifully paced one, never being dull, if formulaic (not uncommon with the Popeye cartoons). The humour and gags make it even more entertaining, 'Vim, Vigour and Vitaliky' makes something stressful like battling for strength fun to watch and interesting, avoiding the trap of repetition.

    All three characters are great, though Olive Oyl is a bit underused and her material not as great as Popeye and Bluto's. Those two are spot on and their chemistry drives 'Vim, Vigour and Vitaliky' and has so much energy. If you haven't seen Bluto in drag, a sight to behold, then you haven't lived. Popeye is always amusing and likeable but for me Bluto is here the funnier and more interesting character.

    Furthermore, the animation is beautifully drawn and with enough visual detail to not make it cluttered or static and lively and smooth movement. The music is also outstanding, lots of merry energy and lush orchestration, adding a lot to the action and making the impact even better without being too cartoonish. Fleischer's direction is always accomplished and his style is all over it.

    Voice acting is dynamic and of very good quality, Mae Questel is a good fit for Olive Oyl, the voice that most sticks in my mind for the character and who voiced her the best, but Jack Mercer and Gus Wickie are even better and give Popeye and Bluto so much life.

    Overall, terrific. 9/10 Bethany Cox
  • Warning: Spoilers
    . . . "It's a MAN!!" in our modern 21st Century. However, during the misguided 1900s, a wide-spread practice of unnecessary sexual segregation made such outraged exclamations commonplace, as VIM, VIGOR AND VITALIKY faithfully documents. In any enlightened society of Today, informed citizens can wake up each morning with a blank slate, free to decide with which sex (if any) to identify, as well as being at total Liberty to select a comfortable orientation and mode of dress to fit their mood of the moment. Furthermore, if a vive of a different color strikes them by lunch time, they can enter whichever Rest Room, Locker Facility, or Changing Space they deem appropriate, and switch sides in the middle of the stream, so to speak. VIM, VIGOR AND VITALIKY portrays the inflexible mores of the Bad Old Days, when babies, tykes, and toddlers were assigned colors, toys, and mannerisms from the earliest age, and ordered to play for one particular "team" for the rest of the lives! Therefore, it is quite rewarding to review VIM, VIGOR AND VITALIKY from time to time, just to understand how far Humanity has Progressed since the benighted era in which it was produced.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    . . . "Popeye" orders a transvestite cross-dressing "Bluto" toward the end of VIM, VIGOR & VITALIKY. The masquerading Bluto has just assaulted "Olive Oyl" in a women's gym to demonstrate what can happen if Americans are allowed to decide for themselves which gender to identify as at a given moment, in complete disregard of the Age-Old Practice of allowing Medical Experts and Government Birth Certificates to have the Final Say in this regard. VIM accurately depicts how would-be kidnappers and sexual predators such as Bluto will be given the head start of launching themselves upon unsuspecting prey from second or third base, if Leader Trump's "Enemies of the People" get their way. Construction industry officials estimate that new schools could soon be spending more to erect toilet facilities than their combined expenditures for Chemistry and Physics Labs IF the "anything goes" Alphabet Soup Mob prevail. The European Union would love to negotiate their trade debacles, NATO rip-offs, and U.N. treaty fiascos while basking in the buff in unisex saunas, but Leader Trump will NEVER strip off HIS union suit and barter away America's VIM, VIGOR & VITALIKY!
  • Vim, Vigor and Vitaliky (1936)

    *** (out of 4)

    Popeye opens up a fitness club for women, which soon starts to take business away from Bluto's restaurant. Bluto dresses in drag to beat Popeye to a pulp so that he can claim Popeye shouldn't be training women. seeing Bluto dressed in drag is certainly the highlight of the film as he has to be one of the ugliest women in the history of cinema. Popeyes claims that no woman is stronger than him makes for some nice fights between him and Bluto. I'm sure this film would be called sexist today, which might explain the warning when the Warner DVD comes on, but it still remains fun.