Popeye the Sailor (Post-1948 Famous Studios era)

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Popeye the SailorBTSW is an animated series based on the comic strip with the same name. While the Fleischer Studios cartoons as well as some of the early Famous Studios cartoons from the 1940's were well received by critics and animation fans alike, the same can’t be said about Famous Studios' later Popeye cartoons from 1949 to 1957.



  • Popeye's Premiere (March 25)
  • Lumberjack and Jill (May 27)
  • Hot Air Acres (June 24)
  • A Balmy Swami (July 22)
  • Tar with a Star (August 12)
  • Silly Hillbilly (September 9)
  • Barking Dogs Don't Fite (October 28)
  • The Fly's Last Flight (December 23)


  • How Green Is My Spinach (January 27)
  • Gym Jam (March 27)
  • Beach Peach (May 12)
  • Jitterbug Jive (June 23)
  • Popeye Makes A Movie (August 11)
  • Baby Wants Spinach (September 29)
  • Quick On The Vigor (October 6)
  • Riot in Rhythm (November 10)
  • The Farmer and the Belle (December 1)


  • Vacation With Play (January 19)
  • Thrill of Fair (April 20)
  • Alpine For You (May 18)
  • Double-Cross-Country Race (June 15)
  • Pilgrim Popeye (July 13)
  • Let's Stalk Spinach (October 19)
  • Punch and Judo (November 16)


  • Popeye's Pappy (January 25)
  • Lunch With A Punch (March 14)
  • Swimmer Take All (May 16)
  • Friend or Phony (June 20)
  • Tots Of Fun (August 15)
  • Popalong Popeye (August 29)
  • Shuteye Popeye (October 3)
  • Big Bad Sindbad (December 12)


  • Ancient Fistory (January 30)
  • Child Sockology (March 27)
  • Popeye's Mirthday (May 22)
  • Toreadorable (June 12)
  • Baby Wants A Battle (July 24)
  • Firemen's Brawl (August 21)
  • Popeye, The Ace Of Space (October 2)
  • Shaving Muggs (October 9)


  • Floor Flusher (January 1)
  • Popeye's 20th Anniversary (April 2)
  • Taxi-Turvy (June 4)
  • Bride and Gloom (July 2)
  • Greek Mirthology (August 13)
  • Fright To The Finish (August 27)
  • Private Eye Popeye (November 12)
  • Gopher Spinach (December 10)


  • Cookin' With Gags (January 14)
  • Nurse To Meet Ya (February 11)
  • Penny Antics (March 11)
  • Beaus Will Be Beaus (May 20)
  • Gift Of Gag (May 27)
  • Car-azy Drivers (July 22)
  • Mister and Mistletoe (September 30)
  • Cops Is Tops (November 4)
  • A Job For A Gob (December 9)


  • Hill-billing and Cooing (January 13)
  • Popeye For President (March 30)
  • Out To Punch (June 8)
  • Assault and Flattery (July 6)
  • Insect To Injury (August 10)
  • Parlez Vous Woo (October 12)
  • I Don't Scare (November 16)
  • A Haul In One (December 14)


  • Nearlyweds (February 8)
  • The Crystal Brawl (April 5)
  • Patriotic Popeye (May 10)
  • Spree Lunch (June 21)
  • Spooky Swabs (August 9)

Why They Suck

  1. These cartoons lack the charm and creativity that most of the earlier cartoons had.
  2. There are not that many action sequences in these cartoons unlike the previous ones.
  3. Some of the cartoons during this era don't stay that true to the original source material.
  4. Most of the designs started to become even more mediocre and don’t bare that much of a resemblance to the original Segar designs.
    • Even some of the animals from these cartoons can be poorly drawn at times such as the fly from The Fly's Last Flight, the gopher from Gopher Spinach, and the gorilla from Baby Wants Spinach.
  5. Some of the characters were heavily Flanderized during this era;
    • Popeye went from a tough protagonist who always saves Olive from Bluto and other antagonists into a huge butt monkey who is constantly abused by everyone around him.
    • Olive has changed from a fickle yet kind hearted girlfriend of Popeye into an idiotic hypocritical and angry jerk who usually treats Popeye poorly.
    • Bluto went from being Popeye's arch enemy who wants to have Olive for himself into a much bigger pervert as well as a sadistic brute who has a much bigger hatred for Popeye than he ever did before.
    • Popeye's Nephews started to become even more obnoxious and unlikable than they already were, especially in Bride and Gloom.
  6. The animation started to take a nosedive in quality around the mid to late 50's.
  7. Some of the cartoons during this era are also clip show episodes such as The Crystal Brawl, Popeye's 20th Anniversary, and Assault and Flattery.
    • Some of the cartoons also reuse footage from Fleischer Studios' earlier cartoons and have the voice actors redub over the footage of those cartoons such as Popeye Makes a Movie reuses footage from Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves and Big Bad Sindbad reuses footage from Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor.
  8. A majority of the cartoons from this era are color remakes of far better and funnier earlier Popeye cartoons like The Fly's Last Flight being a color remake of Flies Ain’t Human, Popeye's Pappy being a color remake of Goonland, Baby Wants Spinach being a color remake of With Little Swee'Pea, Riot in Rhythm being a color remake of Me Musical Nephews, and so fourth.
  9. This era celebrated Popeye's anniversary way too late with the cartoon Popeye's 20th Anniversary which was released in 1954 rather than 1953 when Popeye was adapted into animation in 1933.
  10. While the voice acting can be good at times, it can get on your nerves once in a while, such as Olive's voice and Popeye's nephews' voices.
  11. Very slow pacing and timing for the cartoons.
  12. Some of the jokes aren’t really that funny.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Some characters from the original Fleischer cartoons returned during this era such as Pappy, Wimpy, and Little Swee'Pea.
  2. Some good/decent cartoons like Popeye the Ace of Space, Pilgrim Popeye, Lunch with a Punch, and Baby Wants a Battle.
  3. The animation from the earlier cartoons during this era is passable.
  4. Decent voice acting and music.




9 months ago
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How I would compare the Popeye eras to Ren and Stimpy's decline;

1933-1942 (Fleischer Studios era): Spumco era

1942-1948 (Early Famous Studios era): Games Animation era

1949-1957 (Later Famous Studios era): Adult Party Cartoon era


9 months ago
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Speaking of Ren and Stimpy's decline, I know is impossible to add the Games Animation era here, for obviously for being well received in this recent years, but in reality it wasn't well received when it was announced in 1992, which former viewers of the show protested again this era, because of John Kricfalusi's firing by Nickelodeon, for reasons we already know, I found this information in articles about this whole situation in old magazines I found on internet, and also the Games Animation seasons are inferior to the Spümcø seasons, like Trevor said on Awful Movies, but, I know, know, we can't add the Seasons 3-5 of Ren and Stimpy (Games Animation) here


9 months ago
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Plus, at least the Games era is not as bad as Adult Party Cartoon.


9 months ago
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Exactly, but despite the Games Animation era had two bad episodes It's a Dog Life and Aloha Höek, at least didn't have much terrible and not well received episodes like what happened with Adult Party Cartoon years later


7 months ago
Score 1
Popeye Torture Porn


7 months ago
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