Popeye the Sailor (Post-1948 Famous Studios era)
BTSW 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)
- It lacks the charm and creativity of the Fleischer Studios era and the earlier Famous Studios era.
- There are less action sequences than in the previous eras.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 border on lustful, abusive and even murderous.
- Popeye's nephews have become even more obnoxious and unlikable than they already were, especially in Bride and Gloom.
- The animation started to go downhill around the mid to late 50's.
- 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".
- 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'".
- 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.
- 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.
- Very slow pacing and timing for the cartoons.
- Some of the jokes aren’t really that funny.
- Some characters from the original Fleischer cartoons return during this era such as Pappy, Wimpy, and Swee' Pea.
- Some good/decent cartoons like "Popeye the Ace of Space" (the only Popeye cartoon produced in 3-D), "Swimmer Take All", "Let's Stalk Spinach", "Pilgrim Popeye", "Lunch with a Punch" and "Baby Wants a Battle".
- The animation from the earlier cartoons during this era is good (or at least passable).
- Decent voice acting and music.
- Despite the drop in quality, Popeye the Sailor still managed to be the most successful cartoon series produced by Paramount/Famous Studios at the time.