Popeye the Sailor (Famous Studios era, 1949-1957)

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Popeye the Sailor (Famous Studios era, 1949-1957)
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"I can't stands N'more" - Popeye


Popeye the Sailor 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.

Shorts

1949

  • "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)

1950

  • "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)

1951

  • "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)

1952

  • "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)

1953

  • "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)

1954

  • "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)

1955

  • "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)

1956

  • "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)

1957

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

Bad Qualities

  1. It lacks the charm and creativity of the Fleischer Studios era and the earlier Famous Studios era.
  2. There are less action sequences than in the previous eras.
  3. Some of the cartoons during this era don't stay that true to the original source material. For the most part, these cartoons abandoned almost all traces of the Thimble Theatre comic strips and focused largely on plots involving Popeye, Olive, Bluto in a love triangle-like setup, without many other characters appearing and with very few shorts deviating from that setup, which involved Olive falling for Bluto and Popeye beating him after eating spinach in an often-repeated formula.
  4. During this era, the writing of most of these cartoons become more formulaic by having the standard Popeye formula (see BQ #2) being overused more often in its plots than ever before, making many of these cartoons very predictable.
  5. Some of the characters have gotten heavily flanderized during this era:
    • Popeye has gone from a tough protagonist who always saves Olive from Bluto and other antagonists into a huge butt monkey who constantly gets abused by everyone around him, with spinach being his only answer to solve all of his life problems, especially in "How Green Is My Spinach", which presented Popeye as being weak and helpless without spinach (and portrayed other vegetables as ineffective).
    • Olive has changed from a fickle, yet kind hearted girlfriend of Popeye into an idiotic hypocritical and angry jerk who usually treats Popeye poorly and would quickly dump Popeye at the drop of a hat over petty or questionable reasons more often.
    • Bluto has gone 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 before, with several shorts having his behavior borderline lustful, abusive and even murderous.
    • Popeye's nephews have become even more obnoxious and unlikable than they already were, especially in "Bride and Gloom" (even if it was just a dream).
  6. The animation started to go downhill around the mid 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. "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 in this era are color remakes of far better and funnier earlier cartoons.
    • "The Fly's Last Flight" is a color remake of "Flies Ain't Human".
    • "Popeye's Pappy" is a color remake of "Goonland".
    • "Baby Wants Spinach" is a color remake of "With Little Swee'Pea".
    • "Riot in Rhythm" is a color remake of "Me Musical Nephews".
    • "Penny Antics" is a color remake of "Customers Wanted".
    • "Floor Flusher" is a color remake of "Plumbing Is a 'Pipe'".
  9. This era celebrates Popeye's anniversary way too late with "Popeye's 20th Anniversary", which was released in 1954 rather than 1953 when Popeye was adapted into animation in 1933.
    • Also, if they're going to celebrate Popeye's anniversary in 1954, they should've called it "Popeye's 25th Anniversary" since Popeye was created in 1929.
  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, exceptions aside.

Good Qualities

  1. Very impressive character designs.
  2. Despite being unlikable, Olive Oyl is still likable. During this era, she received a redesign where she became cuter, looked younger than she previously did, and even wore her cutesy 1950s-style tomboy-esque outfit. Speaking of which, she's given the audiences an amount of laughs.
  3. Some characters from the original Fleischer cartoons return during this era such as Pappy, Wimpy, and Swee' Pea.
  4. There are still many good shorts, like "Lumberjack and Jill", "Tar with a Star", "Silly Hillbilly", "Barking Dogs Don't Fite", "Alpine for You", "Pilgrim Popeye", "Let's Stalk Spinach", "Punch and Judo", "Lunch with a Punch", "Swimmer Take All", "Baby Wants a Battle", "Popeye the Ace of Space" (the only Popeye cartoon produced in 3-D), "Floor Flusher", "Fright to the Finish", "Private Eye Popeye", "Gopher Spinach", "Cookin' with Gags", "A Job for a Gob", "Insect to Injury", "A Haul in One", "Spree Lunch", "Taxi-Turvy", and "Spooky Swabs" (which ended this era on a high note).
  5. The animation from the earlier cartoons during this era is good (or at least passable).
  6. Decent voice acting and music. In fact, "I'm Popeye the Sailor Man" is still a very catchy theme song.
  7. Despite the drop in quality, "Popeye the Sailor" still remained far superior to the rest of the theatrical animated output produced by Paramount/Famous Studios at the time.

Comments


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Jah99

13 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
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MariaJúlia1718

13 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
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Trevor807

13 months ago
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Plus, at least the Games era is not as bad as Adult Party Cartoon.
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MariaJúlia1718

13 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
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PATRICKSTARSEVEN

11 months ago
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Popeye Torture Porn
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Hookuai

11 months ago
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You're active, finally, PATRICKSTARSEVEN, Bad news: CSW has been shut down due to one deranged nut job I won't tell
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McCrae

12 days ago
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I think if Paramount wasn't so strict on Famous Studios after the 40's ended and forbade them from going beyond formulaic and were forced to recycle stuff because of the studio's frugal budgets and suffering PTSD from the financial meltdowns Fleischer had with Gulliver's Travels and Mr. Bug,the cartoons would've turned out better with Popeye still having his feats of strength and shown to abnormally strong. But I appreciate most of these cartoons with a few exceptions: My favorites of the 1949-1957 era: -1949-Popeye's Premiere(the wraparounds only),A Balmi Swami,and The Fly's Last Flight(I find these two to be stellar remakes of the original) -1950-How Green Is My Spinach -1951-Alpine For You and Let's Stalk Spinach -1952-Lunch With A Punch and Shut-Eye Popeye -1953-Ancient Fistory and Popeye,The Ace of Space -1954-Taxi Turvy,Greek Mirthology,Private-Eye Popeye,and Fright To The Finish(A Nice Updated Remake to Ghosks Is The Bunk(1939)) -1955-A Job For A Gob and Mister and Mistletoe -1956-Hillbilling and Cooling and Insect To Injury

-1957-Spooky Swabs and Spree Lunch

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