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Popeye The Sailor: 1933-1938 Volume One (DVD)
Spinach--YUCK! But not to the most famous, fearless comic strip sailor in the world--Popeye. Whether romancing his longtime sweetheart, Olive Oyl, rescuing defenseless infant Swee'pea, or wrestling his nasty nemesis, Bluto, Popeye summons his spinach-induced strength to save the day. With one gulp of the vitamin-rich vegetable, Popeye transforms his scrawny body into a human dynamo! For high seas hijinks or landlocked levity, turn to the hilarious animated antics of that two-fisted tar--Popeye.]]>
In 1933, a squint-eyed sailor with outsized forearms danced a hula with Betty Boop--and began one of the great series in American cartoon history. Popeye had made his debut in Elzie Segar's comic strip "Thimble Theater" four years earlier, and the jump to animation only increased his popularity: by 1938, he rivaled Mickey Mouse. During the '30s, when Disney was creating lushly colored, realistic animation, the Fleischer Studio presented a gritty black-and-white world that was ideally suited to the bizarre misadventures of Popeye, Olive, and Bluto. The animators ignored anatomy, with hilarious results: Olive Oyl's rubbery arms wrap around her body like twin anacondas, and her legs often end up in knots. Exactly what Popeye and Bluto saw in this scrawny, capricious inamorata was never clear, but they fought over her endlessly. As the series progressed, the artists grew more sophisticated: in "Blow Me Down" (1933), Olive does some clumsy steps to "The Mexican Hat Dance;" one year later, in "The Dance Contest," she and Popeye perform deft spoofs of tango, tap, and apache steps. The stories are little more than strings of gags linked by a theme: Popeye and Bluto as rival artists; Popeye and Olive as nightclub dancers or café owners. But the minimal stories allow the artists to fill the screen with jokes, over-the-top fights, and muttered asides from the characters. Cartoon fans have waited for years for the "Popeye" shorts to appear on disc, and the Popeye the Sailor 1933-1938 was worth waiting for. The transfers were made from beautifully clear prints with only minimal dust and scratches. The set is loaded with extras, including eight "Popumentaries," numerous commentaries, and 16 silent cartoons. It's a set to treasure. (Unrated, suitable for ages 10 and older: violence, tobacco use, ethnic stereotypes) --Charles Solomon
My kids are in love with this old time classic cartoon. Was great to sit back and watch some of the cartoons that I grew up on. These are some of the BEST family cartoons.Published 2 months ago by Heather
5 stars for the Popeye films but ZERO for the Warner bros. discs. I bought this set in 2009 (through a friend) and I saw all the Max fleischer Popeye films. They are excellent. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Victor Diaz Murillo
As a kid I watched Popeye cartoons a lot. Got this for grandson to view. How times have changed! Popeye would not be PC these days. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gary A. Grelli
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|GREAT GREAT NEWS!! HOWEVER||
None of the Popeye shorts were lost in any fire. The set stops close to the beginning of 1938. Vol. 2 will include the rest of the 1938 cartoons.
Jul 9, 2007 by K. | See all 10 posts
|Any news on Volume 2?||
Nov 3, 2007 by J. Hudak | See all 6 posts
I doubt it. We're lucky they were even released on DVD because huge budget cuts were hitting Warner Bros during their (the DVDs) production.
Mar 11, 2015 by Rushead 2112-Hemispheres | See all 2 posts
|Sudden price drop||
I don't know but I'm certainly not complaining!
May 18, 2012 by Afficianado | See all 2 posts
|Question about A Certain Cartoon Being On This DVD||
Not to my knowledge. I don't remember seeing that. I think all the cartoons on volume 1 predate the nephews.
Jan 16, 2008 by John Emm | See all 2 posts
|Trouble with my discs--Popeye Volume 1||Be the first to reply|