Kickin the Conga Round is a 1942 animated short from Popeye the Sailor series. It is one of the best Popeye entries in quite a while. I loved this one. It is such a throwback to classic Popeye episodes of the early thirties that I enjoyed it immensely. That doesn’t meant that it’s not without its problems as the action is still far from the greatest and the beginning is not as memorable, but this is for the most part a pretty commendable Popeye short that hits way more than it misses.
Not only do we have both Popeye and Olive, but also an exotic location, many dance sequences and we finally get Bluto who is back after a long hiatus. His voice isn’t the greatest, but he is still a good old Bluto and I loved the dynamic between the two. Olive’s laughs were pretty funny and some of Popeye’s lines were quite amusing. And the accidental use of spinach is new for the series.
Thank you Simbasible for the movie review.
What Is The Conga?
Kickin the Conga Round was one of the later Fleischer Popeyes, before Max and Dave were bounced. Here, Popeye and Bluto are on a Navy vessel in South American waters. Both were granted shore leave. Popeye seeks out the girl whom he loves Senorita Olive Oyla. Olive Oyla phone number is Conga 1-2-3. Though Bluto gets to her first. Popeye lets Bluto have it, and escorts Olive to la Cafe Conga. She urges Popeye to join in the dancing he replies I don’t dance no conja. Bluto asks her to dance. So Popeye orders spinach, which a waiter brings him he eats. The conja turns into a brawl with Bluto. Olive calls for help, two members of the Shore Patrol arrest Popeye and Bluto. They must have been put in the brig. Not only is this cartoon funny, it illustrates that which is NOT funny! If one wants to be sailor air person, and soldier, one must not only do assigned duty. He should be on his BEST behavior AT ALL times even on liberty or leave. Such misdeeds as brawling, getting drunk, are inimical to military. It requires discipline as being AWOL or failing to salute. So, here is word to the wise for one who aspires to military service.