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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Popeye does not fight Bluto in many of these toons. He is an opponent, but often they merge their efforts to fight the common enemy, normally Japan. The brat like kids are featured a few times, as is poop deck pappy. Eugene the Jeep, wimpy, the Genie, are some of the characters that I do not recall seeing. Overall, the fight in the Pacific is the most prominent feature, but there are several peacetime toons also. This should not be your 1st or only collection of Popeye, as it is not inclusive of those missing characters that made it Popeye. However, the restoration of these toons is very well excecuted.
I purposely started watching a few of the cartoons near the end of disc 2, just to see how bad they could be. The first "good" sign was that they were still black and white, and though visually, the characters were beginning to look a little different, the nice thing was that there were now some unique and differant stories.
The last of the Fleischer cartoons are the first two on disc two, and to me, they almost seem like a smooth transition into the "Famous Studios" look. In other words, everything seems to nicely meld, and again, these first "Famous Studio" ones aren't so bad after all! It seems to me as though the new company was nice enough to keep the same "vibe", so to speak, and were still well aware of the roots of their "bread and butter". Of course, all of disc one are pure "Fleischer", that is, as how they had evolved since the much larger company (by now), had set up shop in Florida.
This will probably be the last set for me, though, since I recall later on the series changed "too" much. But this one's still great!