Popeye the Sailor filmography (Fleischer Studios)

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This is a list of the 109 cartoons starring Popeye the Sailor, produced from 1933 to 1942 by Fleischer Studios for Paramount Pictures.

During the course of production in 1941, Paramount assumed control of the Fleischer studio, removing founders Max and Dave Fleischer from control of the studio and renaming the organization Famous Studios by 1942. Popeye cartoons continued production under Famous Studios following 1942's Baby Wants a Bottleship (see Popeye the Sailor filmography (Famous Studios)).

Popeye the Sailor series[edit]

All cartoons are one-reel (6 to 10 minutes) and in black and white, except for the three Popeye Color Specials (Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor from 1936, Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves from 1937, and Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp from 1939), which are two-reels (20 minutes) long and in Technicolor.

Dave Fleischer was the credited director on every cartoon produced by Fleischer Studios. Fleischer's actual duties were those of a film producer and creative supervisor, with the head animators doing much of the work assigned to animation directors in other studios. The head animator is the first animator listed.[1] Credited animators are therefore listed for each short.

1933[edit]

# Film Original release date Credited animators Notes
Pilot episode Popeye the Sailor July 14 Seymour Kneitel
Roland Crandall
  • First screen appearances of Popeye, Olive Oyl, and Bluto.
  • A Betty Boop cartoon.
  • Some TV versions are edited to remove scenes depicting racial stereotypes of African Americans.
1 I Yam What I Yam August 14 Seymour Kneitel
William Henning
2 Blow Me Down! September 27 Willard Bowsky
William Sturm
  • Final time Bonnie Poe voices Olive Oyl until 1935's Dizzy Divers.
3 I Eats My Spinach October 17 Seymour Kneitel
Roland Crandall
4 Seasin's Greetinks! November 17 Seymour Kneitel
Roland Crandall
5 Wild Elephinks December 29 Willard Bowsky
William Sturm

1934[edit]

# Film Original release date Credited animators Notes
6 Sock-a-Bye, Baby January 19 Seymour Kneitel
Roland Crandall
  • First and only cartoon in which William Costello uses his normal voice during a scene.
7 Let's You and Him Fight February 16 Willard Bowsky
William Sturm
  • Final Popeye cartoon to use the "Out of the Inkwell" end title design.
8 The Man on the Flying Trapeze March 16 Willard Bowsky
Dave Tendlar
  • Cameo appearance by Nana Oyl
9 Can You Take It April 27 Myron Waldman
Tom Johnson
10 Shoein' Hosses June 1 Willard Bowsky
Dave Tendlar
  • First cartoon in which Popeye and Bluto compete for work
11 Strong to the Finich June 29 Seymour Kneitel
Roland Crandall
  • Final cartoon to say max Fleischer presents.
12 Shiver Me Timbers! July 27 Willard Bowsky
William Sturm
  • First carton to say a max Fleisher cartoon.
  • First cartoon with Paramount president Adolph Zukor's name above Max Fleischer's on title card
13 A Dream Walking September 26 Seymour Kneitel
Roland Crandall
14 Axe Me Another September 30 Seymour Kneitel
Roland Crandall
15 The Two-Alarm Fire October 26 Willard Bowsky
Nick Tafuri
16 The Dance Contest November 23 Willard Bowsky
Dave Tendlar
17 We Aim to Please December 28 Willard Bowsky
Dave Tendlar

1935[edit]

# Film Original release date Credited animators Notes
18 Beware of Barnacle Bill January 25 Willard Bowsky
Harold Walker
  • First use of the "anchor" end title design.
19 Be Kind to Aminals February 22 Willard Bowsky
Charles Hastings
  • Floyd Buckley (the voice of Popeye on the Popeye radio program) voices Popeye.
20 Pleased to Meet Cha! March 22 Willard Bowsky
Harold Walker
21 The Hyp-Nut-Tist April 26 Seymour Kneitel
Roland Crandall
22 Choose Your "Weppins" May 31 Dave Tendlar
George Germanetti
23 For Better or Worser June 28 Seymour Kneitel
Roland Crandall
  • First Popeye cartoon with stereoptical (3D background) process.
24 Dizzy Divers July 26 Willard Bowsky
Harold Walker
  • Bonnie Poe voices Olive Oyl.
25 You Gotta Be a Football Hero August 31 Willard Bowsky
George Germanetti
  • William Costello's last performance as the voice of Popeye
26 King of the Mardi Gras September 27 Dave Tendlar
William Sturm
  • First cartoon with Jack Mercer as the voice of Popeye.
  • Stereoptical process.
27 Adventures of Popeye October 15 no animation credits
  • Compilation film, scenes from I Eats My Spinach, Wild Elephinks, Axe Me Another, and Popeye the Sailor.
  • Partial live-action.
28 The Spinach Overture November 11 Seymour Kneitel
Roland Crandall
  • Cameo appearance by Castor Oyl.
  • Disputed over whether William Costello or Jack Mercer voiced Popeye.

1936[edit]

# Film Original release date Credited animators Notes
29 Vim, Vigor and Vitaliky January 3 Seymour Kneitel
Roland Crandall
30 A Clean Shaven Man February 7 Seymour Kneitel
Roland Crandall
  • Cameo appearance by George W. Geezil.
  • Disputed over whether William Costello or Jack Mercer voiced Popeye.
31 Brotherly Love March 6 Seymour Kneitel
Roland Crandall
32 I-Ski Love-Ski You-Ski April 3 Willard Bowsky
George Germanetti
  • Stereoptical process
33 Bridge Ahoy! May 1 Seymour Kneitel
Roland Crandall
  • Stereoptical process
34 What--No Spinach? June 7 Seymour Kneitel
Roland Crandall
35 I Wanna Be a Life Guard June 26 Dave Tendlar
William Sturm
36 Let's Get Movin' July 24 Willard Bowsky
Orestes Calpini
  • Stereoptical process
37 Never Kick a Woman August 30 Seymour Kneitel
Roland Crandall
  • First and only Fleischer cartoon in which Olive Oyl eats Popeye's spinach to overcome her adversary
38 With Little Swee'Pea September 25 Seymour Kneitel
William Henning
  • First screen appearance of Swee'Pea.
  • Stereoptical process.
  • In the public domain in the United States. Earliest public-domain Popeye cartoon.
39 Hold the Wire October 23 Willard Bowsky
Orestes Calpini
40 The Spinach Roadster October 26 Willard Bowsky
George Germanetti
41 Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor November 27 Willard Bowsky
George Germanetti
Ed Nolan
  • A two-reel Popeye Color Special.
  • Stereoptical process.
  • In the public domain in the United States.
  • Final cartoon where Popeye sings his full theme song whenever he first appears.
42 I'm in the Army Now December 25 no animation credits
  • Compilation film, scenes from Blow Me Down, Shoein' Hosses, Choose Your Weppins, and King of the Mardi Gras.
  • In the public domain in the United States.

1937[edit]

# Film Original release date Credited animators Notes
43 The Paneless Window Washer January 22 Willard Bowsky
Orestes Calpini
  • In the public domain in the United States.
44 Organ Grinder's Swing February 19 Dave Tendlar
William Sturm
45 My Artistical Temperature March 19 Seymour Kneitel
Abner Matthews
  • Stereoptical process.
  • Some TV versions are edited to remove the scene where Popeye turns Bluto's sun picture into a blackfaced minstrel.
46 Hospitaliky April 16 Seymour Kneitel
William Henning
  • Popeye feeds Bluto spinach to get beaten and put in the hospital with Olive
47 The Twisker Pitcher May 21 Seymour Kneitel
Abner Matthews
  • Bluto eats Popeye's spinach to best him at baseball
48 Morning, Noon and Nightclub June 18 Willard Bowsky
George Germanetti
49 Lost and Foundry July 16 Seymour Kneitel
Abner Matthews
  • First time Swee'pea eats spinach to save the day
50 I Never Changes My Altitude August 20 Willard Bowsky
Orestes Calpini
  • Stereoptical process
  • In the public domain in the United States.
51 I Likes Babies and Infinks September 18 Seymour Kneitel
Graham Place
  • Although Popeye tries to, nobody consumes spinach in this cartoon.
52 The Football Toucher Downer October 15 Seymour Kneitel
Graham Place
53 Protek the Weakerist November 19 Seymour Kneitel
William Henning
54 Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves November 26 Willard Bowsky
George Germanetti
Orestes Calpini
  • A two-reel Popeye Color Special.
  • Stereoptical process.
  • Shows Popeye serving in the U.S. Coast Guard
  • In the public domain in the United States.
55 Fowl Play December 17 Dave Tendlar
William Sturm

1938[edit]

# Film Original release date Credited animators Notes
56 Let's Celebrake January 21 Seymour Kneitel
William Henning
57 Learn Polikeness February 18 Dave Tendlar
Nick Tafuri
  • Stereoptical process.
  • Final cartoon with Gus Wickie as the voice of Bluto.
58 The House Builder Upper March 18 Seymour Kneitel
Abner Matthews
59 Big Chief Ugh-Amugh-Ugh April 25 Willard Bowsky
George Germanetti
  • Final cartoon to feature the voice of Gus Wickie.
60 I Yam Love Sick May 29 Seymour Kneitel
William Henning
  • Bonnie Poe voices Olive Oyl.
61 Plumbing is a 'Pipe' June 17 Willard Bowsky
Orestes Calpini
62 Popeye the Sailor with the Jeep July 15 Seymour Kneitel
Graham Place
63 Bulldozing the Bull August 19 Willard Bowsky
George Germanetti
64 Mutiny Ain't Nice September 23 Dave Tendlar
William Sturm
65 Goonland October 21 Seymour Kneitel
Abner Matthews
66 A Date to Skate November 18 Willard Bowsky
Orestes Calpini
  • Final Fleischer cartoon with Mae Questel as the voice of Olive Oyl. Margie Hines takes over the role for all remaining Fleischer Popeye cartoons.
  • In the public domain in the United States
67 Cops is Always Right December 30 Seymour Kneitel
William Henning

1939[edit]

# Film Original release date Credited animators Notes
68 Customers Wanted January 22 Seymour Kneitel
William Henning
  • Compilation film, scenes from Let's Get Movin' and The Twisker Pitcher.
  • First cartoon with Pinto Colvig as the voice of Bluto.
  • In the public domain in the United States.
  • First appearance of the "Paramount presents" byline.
69 Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp April 7 Dave Tendlar
Nick Tafuri
William Sturm
Reuben Grossman
  • A two-reel Popeye Color Special.
  • In the public domain in the United States.
70 Leave Well Enough Alone April 28 Seymour Kneitel
Abner Matthews
71 Wotta Nitemare June 11 Willard Bowsky
George Germanetti
  • No ship door opening sequence.
72 Ghosks is the Bunk July 5 William Henning
Abner Matthews
  • No ship door opening sequence.
73 Hello-How Am I August 6 William Henning
Abner Matthews
  • No ship door opening sequence.
74 It's the Natural Thing to Do October 10 Tom Johnson
Lod Rossner
  • No ship door opening sequence.
75 Never Sock a Baby November 12 William Henning
Abner Matthews
  • First appearance of the revamped ship door opening sequence.
  • Final on screen credit for E.C. Segar.

1940[edit]

# Film Original release date Credited animators Notes
76 Shakespearean Spinach January 19 Roland Crandall
Ben Solomon
  • First Popeye cartoon with story credit, given here to George Manuel.
77 Females is Fickle March 8 Dave Tendlar
William Sturm
78 Stealin' Ain't Honest March 22 Tom Johnson
Frank Endres
  • William Pennell voices Bluto.
79 Me Feelins is Hurt April 12 Orestes Calpini
Bob Leffingwell
80 Onion Pacific May 24 Willard Bowsky
James Davis
81 Wimmin is a Myskery June 7 Willard Bowsky
Joe D'Igalo
  • Early appearance by Pip-eye, Pup-eye, Poop-eye and Peep-eye in dream sequence.
82 Nurse-Mates June 20 Graham Place
Louis Zukor
  • Rare occasion where Popeye does not eat spinach.
83 Fightin' Pals July 12 Willard Bowsky
Robert Bentley
  • Last cartoon with Pinto Colvig as the voice of Bluto.
84 Doing Impossikible Stunts August 2 Tom Johnson
Frank Endres
  • Compilation film, includes scenes from I Never Changes My Altitude, I Wanna Be a Life Guard, Bridge Ahoy! and Lost and Foundry.
85 Wimmin Hadn't Oughta Drive August 16 Orestes Calpini
Reuben Grossman
86 Puttin' on the Act August 30 Dave Tendlar
Tom Golden
87 Popeye Meets William Tell September 20 James Culhane
Al Eugster
88 My Pop, My Pop October 18 Abner Kneitel
Arnold Gillespie
89 With Poopdeck Pappy November 15 Bill Nolan
Winfield Hoskins
90 Popeye Presents Eugene the Jeep December 13 Grim Natwick
Irv Spector
  • Final film appearance of Eugene the Jeep.
  • Final cartoon to feature the voice of Pinto Colvig.

1941[edit]

# Film Original release date Credited animators Notes
91 Problem Pappy January 10 Myron Waldman
Sydney Pillet
92 Quiet! Pleeze February 7 Willard Bowsky
Lod Rossner
  • Footage re-used from 1934's Sock-A-Bye, Baby.
93 Olive's Sweepstakes Ticket March 7 Arnold Gillespie
Abner Kneitel
94 Flies Ain't Human April 4 Tom Johnson
George Germanetti
95 Popeye Meets Rip Van Winkle May 9 Myron Waldman
Sidney Pillet
96 Olive's Boithday Presink June 13 Dave Tendlar
Tom Golden
  • Cameo appearance by George W. Geezil.
97 Child Psykolojiky July 11 Bill Nolan
Joe Oriolo
  • Final appearance of the ship door opening sequence.
98 Pest Pilot September 8 Dave Tendlar
Tom Baron
  • First appearance of the opening sequence with Popeye's pipe and headshot.
99 I'll Never Crow Again October 19 Orestes Calpini
Rueben Grossman
100 The Mighty Navy November 14 Seymour Kneitel
Abner Matthews
  • First World War II themed cartoon.
  • First appearance of Popeye in white US Navy uniform.
  • 100th Popeye cartoon.
101 Nix on Hypnotricks December 28 Dave Tendlar
John Walworth

1942[edit]

# Film Original release date Credited animators Notes
102 Kickin' the Conga 'Round January 19 Tom Johnson
George Germanetti
  • William Pennell voices Bluto.
103 Blunder Below February 13 Dave Tendlar
Harold Walker
  • Some TV versions edited for racial stereotyping of Japanese people.
104 Fleets of Stren'th March 13 Al Eugster
Tom Golden
105 Pip-eye, Pup-eye, Poop-eye and Peep-eye April 21 Seymour Kneitel
George Germanetti
  • First canonical appearance of Pip-eye, Pup-eye, Poop-eye and Peep-eye.
106 Olive Oyl and Water Don't Mix June 8 Dave Tendlar
Abner Kneitel
107 Many Tanks July 15 Tom Johnson
Frank Endres
108 Baby Wants a Bottleship August 10 Al Eugster
Joe Oriolo
  • Final Fleischer Popeye cartoon.

Other appearances[edit]

Popeye also appeared in a 1934 short titled Let's Sing with Popeye which had recycled footage from the first Popeye cartoon and had no plot other than to allow the audience to sing along with Popeye via the famous bouncing ball. This film was made for theaters that participated in Paramount's weekly Popeye Fan Club meetings.

Official DVD releases[edit]

All of the Fleischer Popeye cartoons have been released through Warner Home Video's Popeye the Sailor DVD box set series. The Popeye cartoons from 1933 through mid-1938 (from Popeye the Sailor to Big Chief Ugh-Amugh-Ugh) are available on Popeye the Sailor: 1933–1938, Volume 1, released on July 31, 2007 . A second set, Popeye the Sailor: 1938–1940, Volume 2 was released on June 17, 2008 and contains the cartoons from mid-1938 through 1940 (I Yam Love Sick through Popeye Presents Eugene the Jeep). The remaining Fleischer cartoons from 1941 and 1942 (Problem Pappy through Baby Wants a Bottleship) were included in Popeye the Sailor: 1941–1943, Volume 3, released on November 4, 2008.[3]

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