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This review is from: Popeye The Sailor: 1933-1938: The Complete First Volume (DVD)
I have very warm memories of staying up late as a child and watching the black and white Popeye cartoons on the very new at the time Cartoon Network. All these years later I pick up this DVD set and expect some quality animation - but this went above and beyond my expectations: these early Popeyes are incredible, the result of the Fleischer Studios creators operating at their peak and the wonderful character of Popeye himself, culled from E.C. Segar's comic strip. Many of these cartoons follow a similar formula of Popeye vs. Bluto over Olive (though there are more varied plots than some give the series credit for, too), but the plots are often immaterial, nothing more than a skeleton to hang on an elaborate and surreal series of masterfully done visual gags and comic action pieces. Frankly, some of the visuals these Fleischer guys accomplished in these cartoons are jaw-dropping, even now, with all the advancements in visual effects in the almost eight decades since these cartoons came out. The character of Popeye is a bit brash in the earliest cartoons, even moreso than in Segar's comic, but he quickly settles down into that sweet spot of roughness coupled with a big heart that make the character who he is.
And supplementing this great material is a whole lot of entertaining and informative special features which range from the history of the Popeye character from his inception to today, a documentary about the beginning of animation, commentaries, and much, much (much) more.
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