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Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp is a two-reel animated cartoon short subject in the Popeye Color Specials series, produced in Technicolor and released to theaters on April 7, 1939, by Paramount Pictures. It was produced by Max Fleischer, and directed by Dave Fleischer for Fleischer Studios, Inc., with David Tendlar serving as head animator, and music being supervised by Sammy Timberg. The voice of Popeye is performed by Jack Mercer, with additional voices by Margie Hines as Olive Oyl and Carl Meyer as the evil Wazzir.

This short features Olive as a screenwriter for Surprise Pictures ("if it's a good picture, it's a Surprise" - the same joke idea had been used in 1938's Daffy Duck in Hollywood), 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 climatic battle between Aladdin and the vizier, Olive screams out "Help! Popeye—I mean Aladdin—save me!!"


Written Text

A Paramount Picture
Stereoptical Process and Apparatus Patented. Patent Number 2054414
Direction: Dave Fleischer
Animation: David Tendlar, William Sturm, Nicholas Tafuri, Reuben NGrossman
Musical Direction: Sammy Timberg
Approved Certificate No. 02025
Passed by the National Board of Review
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp
Copyright MCMXXXIX by Paramount Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved

Surprise Pictures Corporation, Surprise Entrance, Surprise Story Department
Scene 1
Aladdin's Junke Shoppe

Secret of the Magic Lamp - A rub on this lamp will bring riches & fame. This lamp is well guarded by torrents & flame. But one dare secure it Aladdin's his name, he liveth on the corner of Chow and Main.

"The villain, pretending to be a messenger of the princess, lures Aladdin to the secret cave."

If U don't C what U want rub 4 it
Celebration in honor of the engagement of our princess to Prince Aladdin
Spinach, Asbestos

Office Memo - Dear Miss Olive Oyl, Your story of Aladdin is being thrown out. So are you! Surprise Pictures Corporation

The End
A Paramount Picture in Technicolor


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