I Yam Love Sick is a 1938 animated short from Popeye the Sailor series. It is a very well crafted entry that is one of the finest in the series.
This is the kind of Popeye cartoon that I love most. We don’t get Bluto here, but he isn’t needed when you have Popeye and Olive’s relationship emphasized. I loved Olive here, she was great. But this if of course Popeye’s vehicle and he is so funny and so great here. His lines are delivered wonderfully and his actions seemed smart and perfectly executed.
There are two problems here that annoyingly affect this movie’s greatness. One is that not every gag works with a couple of them being disappointing. And the other is the use of spinach which is highly questionable here and very much wasted. But other than that, all of the other scenarios and jokes work as the film really is hilarious in some scenes. What I also loved about it is its prolonged running time and a slower pacing, both unusual for the series, but both worked definitely. Another great thing is its physics-defying gags – they are ridiculous, but that’s what makes them funny.
I Yam Love Sick is not only really well crafted, but also funny and well paced with such great scenarios and Popeye being at his best.
My Rating – 4.4