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Popeye the Sailor: 1938-1940: The Complete Second Volume

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Popeye The Sailor: 1938-1940 Volume Two (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.


During the late 1930's, the Fleischers' Popeye the Sailor cartoons rivaled even Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse shorts in popularity, and this second collection makes it easy to understand why. In contrast to the realistically animated characters in Disney's lavishly beautiful shorts, Popeye, Olive and Bluto were rubber-limbed and broadly comic. These cartoons aren't badly animated: notice the fun the artists have with Olive's precarious balance in "A Date To Skate" (1938) or the way the trio struggles to act refined in "It's The Natural Thing To Do" (1939). The Fleischers' approach to animation was just broader and cartoon-ier than Disney's. But the period of 1938-1940 represented the last hurrah of the Popeye shorts. To accommodate the large staff needed for the studio's first feature, Gulliver's Travels (1939), producer Max Fleischer moved the studio from New York to Miami. The run-down apartment houses and gritty streets of the early Popeye cartoons gave way to suburban houses and gardens. The backgrounds and supporting characters in "Popeye Meets William Tell" (1940) look like leftovers from Gulliver, and the film lacks the élan of the shorts made just a year earlier. The studio would close and be re-organized under new management after the failure of Hoppity Goes to Town in 1941. Like the cartoons in the previous set, Popeye the Sailor 1933-1938, these transfers were made from beautiful masters with only minimal dust and scratches. In addition to four "Popumentaries," the extras include a rare, partial pencil test from "Females Is Fickle" (1940) and a 1938 "Popular Science" short showcasing the animation process at the Miami Studio. A must-have for cartoon lovers.(Unrated, suitable for ages 8 and older: cartoon violence, tobacco use, a few ethnic stereotypes) --Charles Solomon

(1. I Yam Love Sick, 2. Plumbing Is A Pipe, 3. The Jeep, 4. Bulldozing The Bull, 5. Mutiny Ain't Nice, 6. Goonland, 7. A Date To Skate, 8. Cops Is Always Right, 9. Customers Wanted, 10. Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp, 11. Leave Well Enough Alone, 12. Wotta Nitemare, 13. Ghosks Is The Bunk, 14. Hello How Am I, 15. It's The Natural Thing To Do, 16. Never Sock A Baby, 17. Shakespearian Spinach, 18. Females Is Fickle, 19. Stealin Ain't Honest, 20. Me Feelins Is Hurt, 21. Onion Pacific, 22. Wimmin Is A Myskery, 23. Nurse-Mates, 24. Fightin Pals, 25. Doin Impossikible Stunts, 26. Wimmin Hadn't Oughta Drive, 27. Puttin On The Act, 28. Popeye Meets William Tell, 29. My Pop, My Pop, 30. With Poopdeck Pappy, 31. Popeye Presents Eugene The Jeep)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, 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:
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  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 17, 2008
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014VPFHW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,827 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Warner Home Video has issued this disc 1 advisery:

Notice regarding Popeye the Sailor 1938-1940 Volume 2, Disc 1

Warner Home Video is advising consumers who purchased Popeye the Sailor 1938-1940 Volume 2 DVD that two shorts on Disc 1 have an alternate opening credits sequence.

For any consumer who wants to have disc 1 replaced with the original opening credits sequence, please contact Warner Home Video at 1-800-553-6937 so that a self-addressed stamped envelope can be sent to you for return of your current disc. Please note that the replacement discs will be sent to you in approximately 8-10 weeks.


The cartoons in error are:


They start with the Paramount Logo replacing the TV "aap" logo, but then jump to the plain white "Popeye" TV title card, and then return to the original episode title & credits. The editor did not realize that the Popeye section needed to be replaced also.

As this is not a disc "Recall" but a replacement program, don't expect the stores to send them back for replacement copies. I would suggest purchasing the DVDs now. If you are unhappy with the alternate title sections, then call for a replacement. I would not wait in hopes the new discs will appear on the store shelves. That would require them to sell out of all existing copies in the distribution warehouses.

Most likely many viewers will not care about this, but historians will want the corrected discs.
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Someone has already commented in Volume One that these early Popeye cartoons are totally different from what is often seen on TV. Those cartoons were largely made in the 60's and are quite monotonous - Bluto wants Olive as a girlfriend, he initially gets the upper hand, and then Popeye eats his spinach and saves the day. If that were the case here I'd say save your money. However, this is not the case. These early Popeye cartoons feature funnier, more interesting versions of the Popeye characters in a wide variety of plots. The following is the press release indicating the contents of volume 2:

I Yam Love Sick
Plumbing Is A Pipe
The Jeep
Bulldozing The Bull
Mutiny Ain't Nice
A Date To Skate
Cops Is Always Right
Customers Wanted
Leave Well Enough Alone
Wotta Nitemare
Ghosks Is The Bunk
Hello, How Am I
It"s The Natural Thing To Do

Never Sock A Baby
Shalespearian Spinach
Females Is Fickle
Stealin' Ain't Honest
Me Feelin's Is Hurt
Onion Pacific
Wimmin Is A Myskery
Fightin' Pals
Doin' Impossikible Stunts
Wimmin Hadn't Oughta Drive
Puttin On The Act
Popeye Meets William Tell
My Pop, My Pop
With Poopdeck Pappy
Popeye Presents Eugene The Jeep

Extras will include commentaries, Popeye Popumentary featurettes, an Out of the Inkwell: The Fleischer Story retrospective documentary, the feature-length movie Gulliver's Travels, vintage audio recordings, radio interviews, and more.
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The Fleischers' Popeye series really hit its stride in the late 1930's, and this set contains many classic shorts. For those poor uninformed folks that think all Popeye cartoons are the same, be sure and show them "It's the Natural Thing To Do," wherein Popeye and Bluto try a more civilized approach at courting Olive. More characters from the Segar comic strip appear as well, including Eugene the Jeep, Poopdeck Pappy, and the Goons. "Females Is Fickle" is the well-known episode in which Popeye nearly kills himself trying to save Olive's pet goldfish. And the "Aladdin" short is the final color "2-reeler" in the series.

As with Volume 1, Warner Bros. has provided a generous set of extras for this release. These include a lengthy documentary on the Fleischer studios, featurettes on supporting players, various art galleries, audio commentaries on several cartoons, and a Superman cartoon from the Fleischers. While that last item might seem an odd addition to this set, it's another fine example of what the studio could do with a popular comic character.

There are still a couple of more years' worth of great Popeye cartoons from the Fleischers, before the changeover to Famous Studios. . .and the long, slow death (creatively speaking) of the spinach-eating sailor. Popeye the Sailor-1941-43 Volume 3 hits the shelves on Sept. 30. In the meantime, enjoy some of his greatest adventures with this terrific collection.
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These cartoons were notoriously difficult to restore--where Volume 2 was originally intended to be another four disc set, the restorations on this particular group of films proved to be much more challenging than expected.

With that said, I think the producers did a great job delivering us another high-quality "official" Popeye The Sailor release. There are some instances where the picture jumps during the opening credits or the sound quality swells, but overall the quality and integrity of these cartoons has been restored 99 percent. In other words, the producers of this set did the best they could to fix what were very damaged originals.

If you enjoyed Popeye The Sailor Vol. 1 you will enjoy Vol. 2 as well. You definitely see some changes in the Fleischers' direction, as they uprooted their studio and moved to Miami, in some cases placing Popeye in a suburban setting rather than the gritty city of the cartoons in the first volume. And it's interesting to see all of that off-screen drama manifest itself on-screen. But as the saying goes, you can take the kid out of the city but you can't take the city out of the kid; even though Popeye may find himself in calmer neighborhoods, he is still the same rough and tumble sailor, ready to crack a can of spinich and throw down with anyone.

What I think is so impressive about these sets is that they don't only rekindle your interest in Popeye--they pull you into the Fleischers' history and they boost your overall interest in animation. The extras and "Popumentaries" give you detailed looks at specific characters and voice-actors, and the packaging is really beautiful, perfectly capturing the era that these films represent.
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