Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba’s Forty Thieves is a 1937 animated short from Popeye the Sailor series. It is the second of the three Popeye cartoons that are done in color and are twice the usual length.
This entry is such a major improvement over ‘Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor‘ mainly because it is much funnier and also more entertaining. I loved the plot here as it is very well told and also very well paced. It is never boring and it even could have been longer how fun and rich in story it was. I loved that opening quite a bit and the action in its ending is sweet. But everything in the second act is the best with so many phenomenal scenes.
It does lack action and humor at first and Olive could have been better utilized, but Wimpy is as hilarious as ever and Popeye is spectacular. Bluto isn’t as good as he is, but is still fine. The standout aspect of this short is easily the humor as there were so many funny moments to be had here. The film is so inventive in its action and those moments were the funniest, mainly the scene with the camel and some of the fights. But I enjoyed its storytelling so much with the mountain scene being my favorite. The animation is stunning and even groundbreaking in its use of 3D. Everything here is so well executed that it definitely took me by surprise.