Popeye the Sailor: 1938-1940, Volume 2
is the second of a series of theatrical Popeye
cartoons produced by Fleischer Studios
to be released on a DVD set by Warner Home Video
. This two-DVD set was released on June 17, 2008.
This collection has 31 cartoons of which 30 are black-and-white and the remaining is the last of the two-reel color Popeye Specials, Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp. There are also special features included in each disc. The cartoons in this collection are arranged in the order they were released to theaters.
On October 1938, Fleischer Studios moved from New York City
to a new studio they built in Miami, Florida
with money loaned from their distributor Paramount Pictures
. The reasons for the move were that the studio needed additional space required to make the Fleischers' first feature film Gulliver's Travels
, the bitter 1937 labor dispute at the studio and tax breaks from the city of Miami. It is generally believed that Wotta Nitemare
was the first Popeye cartoon to be produced from start to finish in Miami. It's also the first of four 1939 cartoons not to feature the familiar ship door titles as it was generally believed that the ship door artwork was misplaced during the move.
Also significant was that Mae Questel
refused to move to Miami so Margie Hines
was the voice of Olive Oyl
during the period that the cartoons were produced in Miami. The move to Miami made the cartoons less gritty and more sunny, just like the new Miami surroundings. The animation improved due to the influx of experienced west coast animators into Miami. The 1939 cartoon Cops is Always Right
was the final Popeye cartoon to bear Paramount head Adolph Zukor
All subsequent theatrical Popeye cartoons would say "Paramount presents..." TV syndicator Associated Artists Productions
replaced those titles with new titles while keeping the Zukor titles intact.
The original Paramount titles were restored for this collection. Shakespearian Spinach
from 1940 was the first cartoon not to bear Popeye creator Segar
's name after his death in 1938. But storm clouds were starting to appear over Fleischer Studios. World War II
broke out in Europe in 1939, cutting off that valuable and profitable foreign market for the Fleischers.
Warner Home Video reported that two cartoons on the initial batch of disc one have incorrect opening sequences. While all the cartoons bear the Paramount logo, two of the cartoons, Customers Wanted
and Hello, How Am I?
have a.a.p.-created Popeye title cards. WHV is allowing owners with the faulty disc to call a toll-free number to receive a self-addressed stamped envelope in order to exchange the disc.
Unless otherwise indicated, these are one reel black and white cartoons.Dave Fleischer
received director credit on every cartoon in this set.
- I Yam Love Sick
- Plumbin' Is A Pipe
- Popeye the Sailor with the Jeep
- Bulldozing the Bull
- Mutiny Ain't Nice
- A Date to Skate
- Cops is Always Right
- Customers Wanted (compilation film)
- Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp (in Technicolor, two reel)
- Leave Well Enough Alone
- Wotta Nitemare
- Ghosks Is The Bunk
- Hello-How Am I?
- It's The Natural Thing to Do
- Eugene the Jeep: A Breed of His Own
- Poopdeck Pappy: The Nasty Old Man and the Sea
- O-Re-Mi: Mae Questel and the Voices of Olive Oyl
- Out of the Inkwell: The Fleischer Story.
- Shakespearean Spinach
- Females is Fickle
- Stealin' Ain't Honest
- Me Feelins is Hurt
- Onion Pacific
- Wimmin is a Myskery
- Nurse Mates
- Fightin' Pals
- Doing Impossikible Stunts
- Wimmin Hadn't Oughta Drive
- Puttin' on the Act
- Popeye Meets William Tell
- My Pop, My Pop
- Popeye the Sailor with Poopdeck Pappy
- ''Popeye Presents Eugene the Jeep
Popeye Popumentry: Men of Spinach and Steel
From the Vault:
- Paramount presents Popular Science: behind the scenes at Fleischer's Miami studio--a 1938 Paramount short
- The Mechanical Monsters--a 1941 Superman short
- Early Max Fleischer Art Gallery
- Females is Fickle pencil test
- Stealin' Ain't Honest storyboard reel
- I'm Popeye the Sailor Man vintage audio recording by Billy Costello
- Michael Sporn interviews Jack Mercer (audio only).