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)).

Notes[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.

The black-and-white Popeye cartoons were sold to television distributor Associated Artists Productions (a.a.p.) in 1956, and the three Popeye Color Specials were sold to a.a.p. the following year. The original opening and closing Paramount titles were cut for TV syndication. By the early 2000s, the Popeye shorts were owned by Turner Entertainment, whose Cartoon Network broadcast restored versions of many of the shorts as part of an anthology series called The Popeye Show.

Popeye the Sailor series[edit]

1933[edit]

# Film Original release date Animated by Story by Notes
Pilot episode Popeye the Sailor July 14 Seymour Kneitel
Roland Crandall
TBA
  • 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. Bill Costello was the voice of Popeye.
1 I Yam What I Yam August 14 Seymour Kneitel
William Henning
TBA
2 Blow Me Down! September 27 Willard Bowsky
William Sturm
TBA
  • Final time Bonnie Poe voices Olive Oyl until 1935's Dizzy Divers.
3 I Eats My Spinach October 17 Seymour Kneitel
Roland Crandall
TBA
4 Seasin's Greetinks! November 17 Seymour Kneitel
Roland Crandall
TBA
5 Wild Elephinks December 29 Willard Bowsky
William Sturm
TBA

1934[edit]

# Film Original release date Animated by Story by Notes
6 Sock-a-Bye, Baby January 19 Seymour Kneitel
Roland Crandall
TBA
  • 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
TBA
  • Final Popeye cartoon to use the "Out of the Inkwell" end title design.
8 The Man on the Flying Trapeze March 16 Willard Bowsky
David Tendlar
TBA
  • Cameo appearance by Nana Oyl.
9 Can You Take It April 27 Myron Waldman
Thomas Johnson
TBA
10 Shoein' Hosses June 1 Willard Bowsky
David Tendlar
TBA
  • First cartoon in which Popeye and Bluto compete for work
11 Strong to the Finich June 29 Seymour Kneitel
Roland Crandall
TBA
  • Final cartoon to say Max Fleischer presents.
12 Shiver Me Timbers! July 27 Willard Bowsky
William Sturm
TBA
  • First cartoon to say a Max Fleischer 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
TBA
14 Axe Me Another September 30 Seymour Kneitel
Roland Crandall
TBA
15 The Two-Alarm Fire October 26 Willard Bowsky
Nicholas Tafuri
TBA
16 The Dance Contest November 23 Willard Bowsky
David Tendlar
TBA
17 We Aim to Please December 28 Willard Bowsky
David Tendlar
TBA

1935[edit]

# Film Original release date Animated by Story by Notes
18 Beware of Barnacle Bill January 25 Willard Bowsky
Harold Walker
TBA
  • First use of the "anchor" end title design.
19 Be Kind to "Aminals" February 22 Willard Bowsky
Charles Hastings
TBA
  • Floyd Buckley (the voice of Popeye on the Popeye radio program) voices Popeye.
20 Pleased to Meet Cha! March 22 Willard Bowsky
Harold Walker
TBA
21 The "Hyp-Nut-Tist" April 26 Seymour Kneitel
Roland Crandall
TBA
22 Choose Your "Weppins" May 31 David Tendlar
George Germanetti
TBA
23 For Better or Worser June 28 Seymour Kneitel
Roland Crandall
TBA
  • First Popeye cartoon with stereoptical (3D background) process.
24 Dizzy Divers July 26 Willard Bowsky
Harold Walker
TBA
25 You Gotta Be a Football Hero August 31 Willard Bowsky
George Germanetti
TBA
  • William Costello's last performance as the voice of Popeye.
26 King of the Mardi Gras September 27 David Tendlar
William Sturm
TBA
  • First cartoon with Jack Mercer as the voice of Popeye.
  • Stereoptical process.
27 Adventures of Popeye October 15 TBA TBA
  • 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
TBA
  • Cameo appearance by Castor Oyl.
  • Disputed over whether William Costello or Jack Mercer voiced Popeye.

1936[edit]

# Film Original release date Animated by Story by Notes
29 Vim, Vigor and Vitaliky January 3 Seymour Kneitel
Roland Crandall
TBA
30 A Clean Shaven Man February 7 Seymour Kneitel
Roland Crandall
TBA
  • 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
TBA
32 I-Ski Love-Ski You-Ski April 3 Willard Bowsky
George Germanetti
TBA
  • Stereoptical process.
33 Bridge Ahoy! May 1 Seymour Kneitel
Roland Crandall
TBA
  • Stereoptical process.
  • First cartoon where Popeye swallows more than one can of spinach.
34 What--No Spinach? June 7 Seymour Kneitel
Roland Crandall
TBA
35 I Wanna Be a Life Guard June 26 David Tendlar
William Sturm
TBA
  • Stereoptical process.
36 Let's Get Movin' July 24 Willard Bowsky
Orestes Calpini
TBA
  • Stereoptical process
37 Never Kick a Woman August 30 Seymour Kneitel
Roland Crandall
TBA
  • 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
TBA
  • 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
TBA
40 The Spinach Roadster October 26 Willard Bowsky
George Germanetti
TBA
41 Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor November 27 Willard Bowsky
George Germanetti
Edward Nolan
TBA
  • A two-reel Popeye Color Special.
  • Stereoptical process.
  • Popeye's First Color Appearance.
  • 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 TBA TBA
  • Compilation film, scenes from Blow Me Down, Choose Your Weppins, Shoein' Hosses, and King of the Mardi Gras.
  • In the public domain in the United States.

1937[edit]

# Film Original release date Animated by Story by Notes
43 The Paneless Window Washer January 22 Willard Bowsky
Orestes Calpini
TBA
  • In the public domain in the United States.
44 Organ Grinder's Swing February 19 David Tendlar
William Sturm
TBA
  • The DVD restoration of this cartoon incorrectly copies credits from The Paneless Window Washer, hence the incorrect certificate number, including Willard Bowsky and Orestes Calpini being wrongly credited for the animation.
45 My Artistical Temperature March 19 Seymour Kneitel
Abner Matthews
TBA
  • 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
TBA
  • Popeye feeds Bluto spinach to get beaten and put in the hospital with Olive.
47 The Twisker Pitcher May 21 Seymour Kneitel
Abner Matthews
TBA
  • Bluto eats Popeye's spinach to best him at baseball.
48 Morning, Noon and Nightclub June 18 Willard Bowsky
George Germanetti
TBA
49 Lost and Foundry July 16 Seymour Kneitel
Abner Matthews
TBA
  • First time Swee'pea eats spinach to save the day.
50 I Never Changes My Altitude August 20 Willard Bowsky
Orestes Calpini
TBA
  • Stereoptical process.
  • In the public domain in the United States.
51 I Likes Babies and Infinks September 18 Seymour Kneitel
Graham Place
TBA
  • Although Popeye tries to, nobody consumes spinach in this cartoon.
52 The Football Toucher Downer October 15 Seymour Kneitel
Graham Place
TBA
53 Protek the Weakerist November 19 Seymour Kneitel
William Henning
TBA
54 Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves November 26 Willard Bowsky
George Germanetti
Orestes Calpini
TBA
  • 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 David Tendlar
William Sturm
TBA

1938[edit]

# Film Original release date Animated by Story by Notes
56 Let's Celebrake January 21 Seymour Kneitel
William Henning
TBA
57 Learn Polikeness February 18 David Tendlar
Nicholas Tafuri
TBA
  • Stereoptical process.
  • Final cartoon with Gus Wickie as the voice of Bluto.
58 The House Builder-Upper March 18 Seymour Kneitel
Abner Matthews
TBA
59 Big Chief Ugh-Amugh-Ugh April 25 Willard Bowsky
George Germanetti
TBA
  • Final cartoon to feature the voice of Gus Wickie.
60 I Yam Love Sick May 29 Seymour Kneitel
William Henning
TBA
  • Bonnie Poe voices Olive Oyl.
61 Plumbing Is a "Pipe" June 17 Willard Bowsky
Orestes Calpini
TBA
62 With The Jeep July 15 Seymour Kneitel
Graham Place
TBA
63 Bulldozing the Bull August 19 Willard Bowsky
George Germanetti
TBA
64 Mutiny Ain't Nice September 23 David Tendlar
William Sturm
TBA
  • Bluto does not appear in the cartoon.
65 Goonland October 21 Seymour Kneitel
Abner Matthews
TBA
66 A Date to Skate November 18 Willard Bowsky
Orestes Calpini
TBA
67 Cops Is Always Right December 30 Seymour Kneitel
William Henning
TBA

1939[edit]

# Film Original release date Animated by Story by Notes
68 Customers Wanted January 22 Seymour Kneitel
William Henning
TBA
  • 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 David Tendlar
William Sturm
Nicholas Tafuri
Reuben Grossman
TBA
  • 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
TBA
71 Wotta Nitemare June 11 Willard Bowsky
George Germanetti
TBA
  • No "ship-door" opening segment.
72 Ghosks Is the Bunk July 5 William Henning
Abner Matthews
TBA
  • No "ship-door" opening segment.
73 Hello-How Am I August 6 William Henning
Abner Matthews
TBA
  • No "ship-door" opening segment.
74 It's the Natural Thing to Do October 10 Tom Johnson
Lod Rossner
TBA
  • No "ship-door" opening segment.
75 Never Sock a Baby November 12 William Henning
Abner Matthews
TBA
  • First appearance of the redesigned "ship-door" opening segment.
  • Final on screen credit for E.C. Segar.
  • Popeye does not eat spinach, as he finds his can empty.

1940[edit]

# Film Original release date Animated by Story by Notes
76 Shakespearean Spinach January 19 Roland Crandall
Ben Solomon
George Manuell
  • First Popeye cartoon with story credit, given here to George Manuel.
77 Females Is Fickle March 8 David Tendlar
William Sturm
Joseph E. Stultz
78 Stealin Aint Honest March 22 Thomas Johnson
Frank Endres
George Manuell
  • William Pennell voices Bluto.
79 Me Feelins Is Hurt April 12 Orestes Calpini
Bob Leffingwell
William Turner
80 Onion Pacific May 24 Willard Bowsky
James Davis
Joseph E. Stultz
81 Wimmin Is a Myskery June 7 Willard Bowsky
Joseph D'Igalo
Ted Pierce
  • Early appearance by Pip-eye, Pup-eye, Poop-eye and Peep-eye in dream sequence.
82 Nurse-Mates June 20 Graham Place
Louis Zukor
George Manuell
  • Rare occasion where Popeye does not eat spinach.
83 Fightin' Pals July 12 Willard Bowsky
Robert Bentley
Joseph E. Stultz
  • Last cartoon with Pinto Colvig as the voice of Bluto.
84 Doing Impossikible Stunts August 2 Tom Johnson
Frank Endres
Jack Ward
  • 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
George Manuell
86 Puttin on the Act August 30 Dave Tendlar
Thomas Golden
William Turner
87 Popeye Meets William Tell September 20 James Culhane
Alfred Eugster
Dan Gordon
88 My Pop, My Pop October 18 Arnold Gillespie
Abner Kneitel
William Turner
89 With Poopdeck Pappy November 15 Bill Nolan
Winfield Hoskins
George Manuell
90 Popeye Presents Eugene, the Jeep December 13 Grim Natwick
Irving Spector
Joseph E. Stultz
  • Final film appearance of Eugene the Jeep.
  • Final cartoon to feature the voice of Pinto Colvig.

1941[edit]

# Film Original release date Animated by Story by Notes
91 Problem Pappy January 10 Myron Waldman
Sidney Pillet
Ted Pierce
92 Quiet! Pleeze February 7 Willard Bowsky
Lod Rossner
Milford Davis
  • Footage re-used from 1934's Sock-A-Bye, Baby.
93 Olive's Sweepstakes Ticket March 7 Arnold Gillespie
Abner Kneitel
Joseph E. Stultz
94 Flies Ain't Human April 4 Tom Johnson
George Germanetti
Eric St. Clair
95 Popeye Meets Rip Van Winkle May 9 Myron Waldman
Sidney Pillet
Dan Gordon
96 Olive's Boithday Presink June 13 Dave Tendlar
Thomas Golden
Ted Pierce
  • Cameo appearance by George W. Geezil.
  • Although Olive's name is in the title and she's mentioned, she does not appear in this cartoon.
97 Child Psykolojiky July 11 Bill Nolan
Joe Oriolo
George Manuell
  • Final appearance of the "ship-door" opening segment.
98 Pest Pilot September 8 Dave Tendlar
Tom Baron
George Manuell
  • First appearance of the opening segment with Popeye's head and pipe.
99 I'll Never Crow Again October 19 Orestes Calpini
Reuben Grossman
Cal Howard
100 The Mighty Navy November 14 Seymour Kneitel
Abner Matthews
William Turner
Ted Pierce
  • First World War II themed cartoon.
  • First appearance of Popeye in white US Navy uniform.
  • 100th Popeye cartoon.
  • The working title of this cartoon is 'In The Navy'.[3]
101 Nix on Hypnotricks December 28 Dave Tendlar
John Walworth
Bill Turner
Cal Howard

1942[edit]

# Film Original release date Animated by Story by Notes
102 Kickin' the Conga 'Round January 19 Tom Johnson
George Germanetti
Bill Turner
Ted Pierce
  • William Pennell voices Bluto.
103 Blunder Below February 13 Dave Tendlar
Harold Walker
Bill Turner
Ted Pierce
  • Some TV versions edited for racial stereotyping of Japanese people.
104 Fleets of Stren'th March 13 Al Eugster
Tom Golden
Dan Gordon
Jack Mercer
  • Popeye goes to war in this cartoon.
105 Pip-eye, Pup-eye, Poop-eye an' Peep-eye April 21 Seymour Kneitel
George Germanetti
Seymour Kneitel
  • First canonical appearance of Pip-eye, Pup-eye, Poop-eye and Peep-eye.
  • Final Fleischer cartoon with Popeye in his comic strip uniform.
106 Olive Oyl and Water Don't Mix June 8 Dave Tendlar
Abner Kneitel
Jack Mercer
Jack Ward
107 Many Tanks July 15 Tom Johnson
Frank Endres
Bill Turner
Carl Meyer
108 Baby Wants a Bottleship August 10 Alfred Eugster
Joseph Oriolo
Jack Ward
Jack Mercer

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.[4]

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