POPEYE

 

Cast: Popeye, Olive Oyl, Bluto, J. Wellington Wimpy, Abu Hassan/Bluto
Running Time: 17 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

Popeye, Olive and Wimpy crash their airplane in the desert -- after a long trek they arrive in a town which is promptly ransacked by bandit chief Abu Hassan (Bluto) and his forty thieves (Abu's men mumble as they ride and strip everything in sight as they zip by). Olive is pressed into service as a laundress, while Wimpy is tied up and forced to watch Abu Hassan eat. It's Popeye to the rescue, and Abu Hassan proves just as vulnerable to the effects of spinach as are Bluto's other incarnations.

 

Cast: Popeye, Olive Oyl, J. Wellington Wimpy, Bluto
Running Time: 16 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

The first Popeye cartoon produced in color, Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor was also the longest Fleischer production to date, and the first to be nominated for an Academy Award -- In this colorful tale, Bluto plays the legendary Sindbad, introduced as the toughest and most remarkable sailor around. He lives on an island that floats on the back of a whale and that is populated by ferocious lions, deadly serpents, a two-headed giant, fiery dragons and an enormous bird, the Roc. Popeye, his pal Wimpy and the "irresistible damsel" Olive Oyl appear in the ocean near Sindbad's island. Stricken with desire for Olive, Sindbad sends the Roc to wreck Popeye's ship and to abduct the delectable damsel. Popeye, singlehandedly carrying Wimpy to safety, swims after the bird and his beloved. Once on the island, Popeye must battle with the various dangerous denizens before going one-to-one with Sindbad and proving -- with the help of a little spinach -- that no evil-doing sailor like Sindbad can get the better of him.

 

Cast: Popeye, Olive Oyl
Running Time: 7 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

Well blow me down! It's Olive Oyl, the terror of the roller rink -- Popeye takes Olive roller-skating; she's never skated before, so he has to teach her, and she's not exactly a quick learner. At one point, an audience member throws a can of spinach to Popeye. The last Fleischer cartoon in which Mae Questel supplies the voice of Olive Oyl. This corresponds (roughly) to the studio's moving to Florida.

 

Cast: Popeye, Bluto, Olive Oyl
Running Time: 21 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

The third and last of the two-reeler Popeye cartoons, Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp begins with Olive Oyl working at Surprise Pictures as a script girl, where she decides that remaking the story of Aladdin as a vehicle for her beloved Popeye would be a great idea. As she begins contemplating this scenario, we see Aladdin (Popeye), a poor boy who pines for the beautiful Princess (Olive, of course). A wicked Wazzir comes to Aladdin and tricks him into searching for a magical lamp that is deep inside a mysterious cave. The Wazzir intends to use the power of the lamp to get the Princess for himself, but he does not get that chance after Aladdin becomes trapped in the cave. Striking the lamp to light a match, Aladdin inadvertently summons a Genie who must do his bidding. With the Genie's help, Aladdin becomes a prince and woos the Princess, but the Wazzir becomes wise to the boy's true identity and plots his ruin. Fortunately, Aladdin uses the really magical power of spinach to ultimately defeat his enemy and live happily ever after with the Princess -- which is not the fate of Olive herself, who awakens from her reverie to find herself surrounded with scripts.

 

Cast: Popeye, Olive Oyl, Bluto
Running Time: 6 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

Popeye sails into Mexico, where Olive is doing the Mexican hat dance in a bar -- The Sailor Man enjoys the show, until Bluto comes in and clears the bar, except for Popeye. They compete a bit, until Bluto brings in his gang. Popeye has his spinach, and holds them off, but in the confusion, Bluto sneaks upstairs to Olive's room where he has his way with her! Popeye to the rescue, though in fact she was doing quite well. A scene in which Olive gets her feet caught in vases while dancing was taken from an early Elzie Segar comic strip. The first Popeye theatrical cartoon to use Sammy Lerner's "I'm Popeye The Sailor Man" as the main title theme.

 

Cast: Popeye, Olive Oyl, Bluto, J. Wellington Wimpy
Running Time: 7 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

Popeye and Bluto compete to get customers into their rival penny arcades -- They vie for the patronage of Wimpy (their only customer), who has the nerve to borrow money from them, and who promises to pay on Tuesday. Scenes are shown from Let's Get Movin' and The Twisker Pitcher (with a new soundtrack). Later remade as Penny Antics. One of the arcade machines reads "Bluto in Never Kick a Woman"- a Popeye cartoon that Bluto never appeared in!

 

Cast: Popeye the Sailor Man, Popeye's Pappy, Citizens of Goon Island
Running Time: 8 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

Popeye sails to Goon Island in search of his Pappy. He finds the place populated by the imposing, but ugly goons, and a "no humans" sign. His imprisoned pappy at first ignores him, but when Popeye is caught by the goons and carried off, his can of spinach lands near Pappy and it works just as well on him as it does on Popeye.

 

Cast: Popeye, Olive Oyl, Bluto
Running Time: 7 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

Animated by Willard Bowsky and Orestes Calpini, this classic is among the best "Popeye" cartoons ever made, featuring superb character designs, astounding animation, beautiful use of perspectives, voice actors' witty under-the-breath mumblings, and, of course, hilarious and energetic fistfights between Popeye and Bluto. In this example, Olive closes her airport diner and flies away with aviator Bluto, but soon realizes that flying is not what she imagined.

 

Cast: Popeye, Olive Oyl, Bluto, Swee'pea
Running Time: 7 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

Classic Popeye cartoon where Olive is so enamored by "a man in uniform" that Popeye and Bluto rush to enlist in the Army. Each must show the recruiting officer who's the best. Through a series of flashbacks from each of their scrapbooks of cartoons, Popeye and Bluto provide several action clips of their deeds so that they can join up.

 

Cast: Popeye, Olive Oyl, Swee'pea, Zoo Animals
Running Time: 7 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

Olive is busy when Popeye comes calling, so she asks him to take Swee'pea to the zoo, but after going to extraordinary lengths to save him from dangerous animals, Popeye gets slapped by Olive when Swee'pea gets scared by a harmless toy monkey. Swee'pea's first cartoon appearance.

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