Popeye Cartoon : Greek Mirthology (1954)

Run Time - 7 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Appalled that his four nephews prefer ice cream to spinach, Popeye tells the boys a story about their Great-Great-Great-Uncle Hercules. Known far and wide for his acts of kindess through strength, Hercules (a dead ringer for Popeye, of course) gets his muscle power by sniffing a piece of garlic. Enter an evil bully (Bluto with a Greek dialect), who challenges Herc to several feats of strength. Hercules prevails until the Bully "neutralizes" the garlic with a bottle of cholorphyl. THAT's when Herc finally stumbes upon spinach as a possible power source ("A strange weed this be!")