If you enjoyed Magic in Miami, the most recent exhibit in our Museum (featuring a short 1938 Popular Science film about the making of Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp, starring Popeye), then you'll love this fun fact...
Footage from this classic, color Popeye film, released in 1939, was also used in the 1949 film Popeye's Premiere!
Interestingly, the original 1939 film actually starts with Olive Oyl at the typewriter writing a screenplay about Aladdin and his lamp. "I'll have to decide who the actors will be," she muses thoughtfully, then quickly casts herself as the heroine and Popeye as the hero as the scene dissolves, carrying us into the world of Olive's screenplay.
At the end of Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp, Olive receives a devastating note from her bosses at "Surprise Pictures" informing her that her story of Aladdin is being "thrown out," and so is she! So, while Popeye's Premiere may have been created as a 'cheater' film, it actually completes the story launched in the 1939 version, and provides some vindication for Olive Oyl and her screenwriting talents.
If you haven't done so already, we hope you'll check out our Magic in Miami exhibit, where you can watch a short Popular Science film featuring the making of Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp (the first film completed in Fleischer Studio's then-new, state-of-art Miami studio space) and then watch the film itself in its entirety.