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Popeye the Sailor: 1941-1943: The Complete Third Volume

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Popeye The Sailor: 1941-1943 Volume Three

Listen up, mates! Popeye goes to war with these classic, but rarely seen toon treasures. In addition to Problem Pappy, Olive's Sweepstake Ticket and other tales of hearth and home, you'll find an entire armada of Popeye's spinach-enriched World War II adventures. And when there's a nation to protect, the Sailor Man reports for duty. Don't miss it as he out-rivets Bluto to build the fleet in A Hull of a Mess or stands off against a nasty "Nutzi" U-boat in Spinach fer Britain. At the end of the day, he'll have the overseas tyrants Seein' Red, White 'n' Blue! For high seas hijinks or landlocked levity, check out all the wartime adventures of your favorite marine right here! "Strong to the finich, cause he eats his spinach, he's Popeye the Sailor Man!"


By 1941, Fleischer Studio was tottering on the brink of disaster. The failure of their second feature Mr. Bug Goes to Town (which opened three days before the bombing of Pearl Harbor) coupled with a bitter quarrel between Max and Dave Fleischer and a mounting debt to Paramount led to the closure of the Miami Studio. Executives at Parmount fired the Fleischer brothers, installed new management, changed the studio name to Famous, moved operations back to New York City, and cut the artists' pay. Not surprisingly, the quality of the cartoons fell. A number of the shorts in this collection are domestic comedies, with Popeye babysitting the incorrigible Poopdeck Pappy or his four identical and uninteresting nephews. It's an incongruous role for the rough and tumble sailor, and films like "Problem Pappy" and "Me Musical Nephews" recall the joyless cartoons that turned Betty Boop into a hausfrau a few years earlier. Popeye, like Bugs Bunny, is a winner, and he isn't funny as a straight man or a fall guy. These films also lack the original vision that characterized the Fleischers' best work. "Nix on Hypnotricks" feels like an inferior remake of the classic Popeye-Olive-Bluto short "A Dream Walking," while "The Hungry Goat" borrows heavily from Tex Avery's "Tortoise Beats Hare." The war-themed cartoons feature outrageous racial charicatures of the Japanese that make Warner Bros.' "Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips" look almost flattering. Unlike the Disney and Warners characters, who made fun of the Nazis, Popeye fought the Japanese almost exclusively. The cartoons in Popeye the Sailor, Vol.3 rank as curiosities that are more interesting to historians of animation and American popular culture than to viewers looking for laughs. (Unrated: suitable for ages 10 and older: violence, alcohol and tobacco use, offensive racial stereotypes) --Charles Solomon

(1. Problem Pappy, 2. Quiet! Pleeze, 3. Olive's Sweepstakes Ticket, 4. Flies Ain't Human, 5. Popeye Meets Rip Van Winkle, 6. Olive's Boithday Presink, 7. Child Psykolojiky, 8. Pest Pilot, 9. I'll Never Crow Again, 10. The Mighty Navy, 11. Nix on Hypnotricks, 12. Kickin' the Conga 'Round, 13. Blunder Below, 14. Fleets Of Stren'th, 15. Pip-eye, Pup-eye, Poop-eye and Peep-eye, 16. Olive Oyl And Water Don't Mix, 17. Many Tanks, 18. Baby Wants a Bottleship, 19. You're a Sap, Mr. Jap, 20. Alona on the Sarong Seas, 21. A Hull of a Mess, 22. Scrap The Japs, 23. Me Musical Nephews, 24. Spinach Fer Britain, 25. Seein' Red, White 'N' Blue, 26. Too Weak to Work, 27. A Jolly Good Furlough, 28. Ration Fer The Duration, 29. The Hungry Goat, 30. Happy Birthdaze, 31. Wood-Peckin', 31. Cartoons Ain't Human)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 4, 2008
  • Run Time: 255 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001B23ED6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,291 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Just a word of caution, these are from the wartime years and do contain non-politically correct wartime stereotypes.

This collection completes the Max Fleischer produced cartoons on disc 1 & some of disc 2. The Famous Studios B&W produced cartoons are also included on disc 2.

Disc 1 (all Fleischer produced)
Problem Pappy (1941) w/ Poopdeck Pappy
Quiet! Pleeze (1941) w/ Poopdeck Pappy
Olive's Sweepstakes Ticket (1941) w/ Olive, Swee'pea, Bluto & Poopdeck Pappy (1941)
Flies Ain't Human (1941)
Popeye Meets Rip Van Winkle (1941) w/ Rip Van Winkle & Chico Marx.
Olive's Boithday Presink (1941) w/ Olive Oyl
Child Psykolojiky (1941)w/ Swee'pea & Poopdeck Pappy.
Pest Pilot (1941) w/ Poopdeck Pappy
I'll Never Crow Again (1941) w/ Olive Oyl
The Mighty Navy (1941) - First true wartime themed Popeye.
Nix on Hypnotricks (1941) w/ Olive Oyl & Professor I. Stare.
Kickin' the Conga 'Round (1942) w/ Olive Oyl & Bluto.
Blunder Below (1942) - Wartime themed.
Fleets Of Stren'th (1942) - Wartime themed.
Pip-eye, Pup-eye, Poop-eye and Peep-eye (1942) w/ Nephews
Olive Oyl And Water Don't Mix (1942) w/ Olive Oyl & Bluto.

Disc 2
Many Tanks (Fleischer) (1942) Wartime themed
Baby Wants a Bottleship (Flesicher)(1942) w/ Olive & Swee'pea - wartime themed.
You're a Sap, Mr. Jap (Dan Gordon)(1942) - first Famous Studio cartoon. Wartime themed, BANNED FROM TELEVISION.
Alona on the Sarong Seas (Isadore Sparber)(1942) w/ Olive as Princess Alona & Bluto.
A Hull of a Mess (Sparber)(1942) - Wartime themed
Scrap The Japs (Seymour Kneitel)(1942)- Wartime themed, BANNED FROM TELEVISION.
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Is it kind of ironic that this DVD set was released on election day? I'm pretty sure I am in the majority that I bought this set on the day of its release, but did not have a chance to watch it until the day after due to the election. We were originally supposed to have this set on September 30, but it got delayed in order to prevent the issues that arose with Volume 2. While I was disappointed about the delay at first, let me just say it was worth the wait.

After watching disc 1 last night after work, and disc 2 this morning, I can't more than recommend this set to anyone who is a fan of Popeye or Golden Age animation. This set appeals to both the casual fan and the hardcore collector. And what is best about the format Warner's is following is the fact that they have chosen to release the Popeye shorts in chronological order, something they could've (and should've) done with Tom and Jerry.

Disc 1 starts off with 1941's "Problem Pappy" and ends with 1942's "Olive Oyl and Water Don't Mix". The first 7 on this disc are the last to have the ship-door opening title sequence. The remaining 11 cartoons on this disc (as well as the first 4 on disc 2) go to a new opening sequence that features a close-up of Popeye's pipe "toot-tooting" in sequence to the opening theme. Among the best shorts on this disc are "Problem Papp", "Quiet! Pleeze", "Child Psykolojiky", and "Pest Pilot", which have Popeye paired with his troublesome father Poopdeck Pappy. Also among the best on this disc are the first few Popeye shorts that relate to World War II.
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By the time Max and Dave Fleischer lost their animation studio in 1942, the best Popeye cartoons were behind them. Paramount renamed the operation Famous Studios and forged ahead, but Max and Dave's creative spark was sorely missed. Meanwhile, the advent of World War II brought the immortal sailor a welcome relief from Disney-style conformity. Not surprisingly, the wartime Popeye shorts in this 1941-43 DVD set garner the most attention. "The Mighty Navy" and "Kickin' the Conga Round" stand out among the later Fleischer efforts, with Famous contributing a few gems such as "A Hull of a Mess" and "Ration Fer the Duration." What becomes evident in the Fleischer/Famous transition is the domestic blandness that surrounds our spinach-eating hero — resulting in weak entries along the lines of "Flies Ain't Human" and "Happy Birthdaze." Luckily, these misfires are offset by lively non-war cartoons such as "Quiet! Pleeze" and "Alona on the Sarong Seas." Though the final black-and-white Popeyes remain a mixed bag, the series would enjoy an upswing in quality when Famous switched to Technicolor in late 1943.
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The start of the 1940s brought about many changes for Popeye. World War II had just begun, and as the United States prepared for its eventual involvement in the global affair, the country's animation studios sent out their best stars to fight for the cause and rally people's support for the troops. The Warners sent Bugs Bunny and Disney pushed out Donald Duck, both of whom found their stardom peaking in this decade. The Fleischers, naturally, drafted Popeye into the Navy. Along with this came changes: among other things, his regular outfit was replaced with a regulation naval uniform which he would wear throughout the rest of his screen career, and he and Bluto went through further design changes, both becoming more rounder and softer (especially in Bluto's case, if you'll notice his appearances in this set). At this point, the Fleischer Studios were in big trouble. They were in heavy monetary debt to Paramount, as their second feature, Mr. Bug Goes to Town, failed at the box office (being inconveniently released two days after the attack on Pearl Harbor), and their new Miami studio had been costly on its own, not just to move there, but to construct the facility and expand their workforce to work in feature films in the first place. And what's more, the studio was in the midst of its own war, as the co-founding brothers Max and Dave Fleischer grew increasingly estranged from each other for reasons that remain quite unclear to this day. The large debt and the equally large rift caused Paramount to force the brothers out of the control of their studio (especially as Dave Fleischer began moonlighting to Columbia Picture's Screen Gems studio around this time), renaming it Famous Studios in 1942.Read more ›
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The Wikipedia entry for Popeye addresses this under the home video section by saying:

"In 2006, Warner Bros. reached an agreement with King Features Syndicate and its parent company Hearst Corporation. Warner Home Video announced it would release all of the Popeye cartoons produced for... Read More
Aug 17, 2008 by Rushead 2112-Hemispheres |  See all 11 posts
Release Date 9/30/08 or 11/04/08
It's been officially delayed until November. The reason is because WB is fixing the openings that necessitated the replacement discs for Vol. 2. This delay is in no way because of the un-PC cartoons on this disc.
Sep 5, 2008 by J. Hudak |  See all 6 posts
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I read the Famous Studios Popeye shorts will be released in 2015 to help promote the CGI animated movie being released then (or perhaps the movie will promote the DVDs). I don't know how reliable this is, but I have read it on several... Read More
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