The arrival of a sailor on a mission to find his father stirs up trouble and triumph in a small coastal town. Popeye's search for his dad brings him to Sweethaven, a rocky seaside town run by an elusive Commodore and his righthand man, the tyrannical Captain Bluto. Bluto and Popeye butt heads over Popeye's friendship with Olive Oyl, Bluto's fiance. On the night of an engagement party, Popeye and Olive encounter a baby, Popeye brings him home and names him Swee'Pea. Because of tax woes, Olive and her family's belongings are taken, which prompts Castor Oyl to join a boxing fight in the hopes of winning the prize money. He can't compete with the huge brute that is his opponent, so Popeye takes his place, and wins the match. Popeye is considered an outcast by the townsfolk, however, his win, as well as his standing up to the tax collector earns him their favor. Meanwhile, Bluto kidnaps Swee'Pea, for his hidden talent of somehow foretelling the future. He takes the baby to the Commodore but he dismisses the idea as rubbish. Bluto is tired of playing second fiddle, and ties up his boss. Popeye arrives, and learns that the Commodore is in fact his father. Bluto then takes Olive captive, heading to an island where the Commodore has hidden treasure. With Popeye and the Commodore in pursuit, the treasure is revealed to be mementos from Popeye's childhood, even containing cans of Spinach, a power booster in Popeye's family. While Olive is tied and being attacked by an octopus, Popeye is force-fed Spinach by a clueless Bluto, which leads to Bluto's utter defeat. Popeye saves the day, rids the town of its bully, and gets the "girl."
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Best part of story, including ending:
I was curious to see how a comic strip can be made into a movie, much more a musical starring Robin Williams.
Best scene in story:
I enjoyed the boxing match because it showcased Robin Williams' skill at slapstick and physical comedy.
Opinion about the main character:
Popeye becomes an unlikely hero because he never sets out to become such a character, but his instincts to always defend the weak proves otherwise.