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Bacon Cheeseburger Chowder inspired by Popeye | #FoodnFlixSunday, July 24, 2016
Here's my theory: if you are/were a fan of the Popeye comic strip and cartoons, you'll appreciate this live action version. But if you never really got into Popeye, you may hate this movie. Guess what? I grew up with Popeye cartoons. My grandpa used to record hours of old cartoons on VHS tapes that included all sorts of old Looney Tunes shows, Pink Panther, and Popeye. We used to watch them for hours when I went to visit him, and I watched them at home. I love all of those old cartoons to this day.
The reason I say this is that the live action movie is basically the cartoon come to life. It's big and boisterous and exaggerated and completely over-the-top with slapstick and horrible singing. It was goofy and lovable in the same way that the cartoons were goofy and lovable. That being said, I doubt I'll watch it more than a couple of times a decade (I'd rather stick with the cartoon). But I get it.
As in the cartoons, Swee'Pea is no normal baby, as he can predict the outcome of certain events with a whistle, which leads "uncle Wimpy" taking him to bet on the horse races. Bluto realizes what the baby can do and kidnaps him. This finally leads to a Popeye/Bluto encounter and the only spinach-fueled fight of the movie.
Some of the other appearances, mentions, or inspirations involving food were peppermint stick, carrots, canned broccoli, olive oil, ketchup, mustard, milk, vinegar, chicken, meatballs, potatoes, shots of liquor, cake, beer, meat on the bone, "Roughouse Special" (burger), Roughouse punch, tea, glass candy (when Bluto eats his tea cup), Oxblood Oxheart (ox blood and ox hearts), ham gravy (Olive's ex, Harold Hamgravy), peanuts, sweet peas (Swee'Pea), popcorn, canned brussels sprouts, and lemons (a horse named Sucking Lemons). I also got a kick out of "the commodore" asking Popeye, "Olive oil? Sweet Pea? What are you doing, making a salad?".
Soup Burger. Burger Soup. Cheeseburger Soup. Bacon Cheeseburger Soup! Wimpy would be in heaven.
Food 'n Flix is hosted by Elizabeth at The Lawyer's Cookbook with her choice Popeye. If you'd like to join us this month, submissions are due by July 29.
Next month Kimberly from Coffee and Casseroles will be hosting with her pick, Hotel Transylvania 2.
Michiana-based food writer with a fondness for garlic, freshly baked bread, stinky cheese, dark beer, and Mexican food—who believes that immersing herself in different cultures one bite at a time is the best path to enlightenment.