Popeye the Sailor: 1933-1938, Volume 1
is the first authorized collection of theatrical Popeye
cartoons on home video. This four DVD set with 60 theatrical Popeye cartoons was released on July 31, 2007. Also included inside this box is a booklet of 1936 vintage Popeye comic strips titled "The S'prise Fight!" and a recipe sheet with 25 cents off coupon for two cans of Allens' Popeye Spinach
. These cartoons are fully restored with the original Paramount Pictures
logos at the beginning and ending of each cartoon. They are arranged in the order they were released to theaters. This collection was released by Warner Home Video
Because these uncut and uncensored 1930s vintage cartoons contain material which may be considered politically incorrect today, each disc in this collection includes a title card disclaimer which summarizes that the cartoons depict sexist, ethnic and racist stereotypes that may be offensive to modern audiences.
The first Popeye cartoon was released as a Betty Boop
cartoon. Paramount held the copyright
for every Fleischer cartoon. Early Popeye cartoons ended with the Fleischer "Out of the Inkwell
" ending in which the mouth of the ink bottle zoomed out, places itself on the desk then the cap somersauts itself back on the bottle. The final Popeye cartoon with this ending was the 1934 cartoon "Let's You and Him Fight." The rest of the 1934 Popeye cartoons had the standard Paramount end card. Beginning with the 1935 Popeye cartoon "Beware of Barnacle Bill", the Popeye cartoons had a new end card featuring a large anchor
which was used for all subsequent Fleischer produced Popeye cartoons. The anchor title was retained when Associated Artists Productions
distributed the Popeye cartoons to television stations. Until the 1934 Popeye cartoon Strong to the Finich
, the titles bore the words "Max Fleischer
presents..." Beginning with the next 1934 Popeye cartoon Shiver Me Timbers!
, the titles bore the words "Adolph Zukor
presents a Max Fleischer cartoon." Zukor was president of Paramount Pictures. The original voice of Popeye was William "Billy" Costello
, a.k.a. "Red Pepper Sam." He was replaced in 1935 by Fleischer in-betweener and story man Jack Mercer
, beginning with the cartoon King of the Mardi Gras
, leading to a lifelong career for Mercer as the voice of Popeye.
Unless otherwise indicated, these are one reel black and white cartoons.Dave Fleischer
received director credit on every cartoon in this set.
- Sock-a-Bye Baby
- Let's You and Him Fight
- The Man on the Flying Trapeze
- Can You Take It?
- Shoein' Hosses
- Strong to The Finich
- Shiver Me Timbers!
- Axe Me Another
- A Dream Walking
- The Two Alarm Fire
- The Dance Contest
- We Aim to Please
- Beware of Barnacle Bill
- Be Kind to Aminals
- Pleased to Meet Cha!
- The Hyp-Nut-Tist
- Choose Yer Weppins
- For Better or Worser
- Dizzy Divers
- You Gotta Be a Footbal Hero
- King of the Mardi Gras
- Adventures of Popeye (compilation film, partial live-action)
- The Spinach Overture
- Retrospective documentary: "Forging the Frame: The Roots of Animation 1900-1920"
- Popeye Popumentaries: "Wimpy the Moocher: Ode to the Burgermeister", "Sailor's Hornpipes: The Voices of Popeye"
- From the vault: Three Bray Productions/Sullivan Studios shorts: "Bobby Bumps Puts a Beanery on the Bum" (1918), "Feline Follies" (1919), "The Tantalizing Fly" (1919)
- A Clean Shaven Man
- Brotherly Love
- I-Ski Love-Ski You-Ski
- Bridge Ahoy!
- What-No Spinach?
- I Wanna Be a Lifeguard
- Let's Get Movin'
- Never Kick a Woman
- Popeye the Sailor with Little Swee' Pea
- Hold The Wire
- The Spinach Roadster
- Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor in Technicolor (two reel, fully restored with its original theatrical titles)
- I'm In The Army Now (compilation film)
- The Paneless Window Washer
- Organ Grinder's Swing
- Popeye Popumentaries: "Blow Me Down! The Music of Popeye", "Popeye in Living Color: A Look at the Color Two-Reelers"
- From the vault: Six Out of the Inkwell shorts: "Modeling" (1921), "Invisible Ink" (1921), "Bubbles" (1922), "Jumping Beans" (1922), "Bedtime" (1923), "Trapped (1923)
- My Artistical Temperature
- The Twisker Pitcher
- Morning, Noon and Nightclub
- Lost and Foundry
- I Never Changes My Altitude
- I Likes Babies and Infinks
- The Football Toucher Downer
- Proteck The Weakerist
- Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves in Technicolor (two reel, fully restored with its original theatrical titles)
- Fowl Play
- Let's Celebrake
- Learn Polikeness
- The House Builder Upper
- Big Chief Ugh-A-Mugh-Ugh
- Popeye Popumentaries: "Me Lil' Swee'Pea: Whose Kid is He Anyway?", "Et Tu, Bluto? Cartoondom's Heavist Heavy"
- From the vault: Four Out of the Inkwell/Fleischer Studio shorts: "A Trip to Mars" (1924), "Koko Trains 'Em" (1925), "Koko Back Tracks" (1927), "Let's Sing with Popeye" (1934)