Popeye the Sailor: The 1940s Volume 1
Popeye the Sailor: The 1940s Volume 1 is the fourth volume in a series of DVD collections released by Warner Home Video collecting, in chronological order, the theatrical Popeye cartoons originally distributed by Paramount Pictures. It is also the first authorized collection of theatrical Popeye cartoons to be released on a Blu-Ray disc in a separate release. This single disc contains the first two Technicolor seasons of Popeye shorts produced by Famous Studios and released from 1943 to 1945 which were the first set of regular length Popeye shorts in color. Both the Blu-Ray and the DVD were released on December 11, 2018, more than 10 years after the release of the last set of authorized Popeye shorts on home video.
During the winter of 1943, Famous Studios, the former Fleischer Studios, moved its studio from Miami, Florida back to New York City at 25 West 45th Street. With the move back to New York, Mae Questel returned as the voice of Olive Oyl beginning with The Anvil Chorus Girl. While Popeye voice actor Jack Mercer was away serving during World War II, Questel often doubled as the voice of Popeye. Mercer also doubled as story man receiving story screen credit. Jackson Beck would settle down as the voice of Bluto, Popeye's main nemesis. Also carried over from the Fleischer era were the Superman series of cartoons, but they were discontinued in 1943. As an aside, a 1944 Popeye cartoon was made in which Bluto disguised himself as Superman which is in this collection titled She-Sick Sailors. By this time, the entire output of Famous Studios cartoons were being made in Technicolor. Famous Studios launched two new series of cartoons in 1943, one is another adaptation of a comic strip, Little Lulu. The other is an anthology series titled Noveltoons which featured both one-shot and recurring characters, some of whom would later be promoted to their own series of cartoons.
Cartoon listing with director credit
- We're On Our Way to Rio (Isadore Sparber)
- The Anvil Chorus Girl (Isadore Sparber)
- Spinach Packin' Popeye (Isadore Sparber)
- Puppet Love (Seymour Kneitel)
- Pitchin' Woo at the Zoo (Isadore Sparber)
- Moving Aweigh (Dan Gordon—uncredited)
- She-Sick Sailors (Seymour Kneitel)
- Pop-Pie a la Mode (Isadore Sparber)
- Tops in the Big Top (Isadore Sparber)
- Shape Ahoy (Isadore Sparber)
- For Better or Nurse (Isadore Sparber)
- Mess Production (Seymour Kneitel)
This collection bears the words "...is intended for the Adult Collector and May Not Be Suitable for Children." More detailed wording in an opening screen explains that the ethnic stereotypes depicted in such cartoons as Pop-Pie a la Mode are considered to be offensive today but are included because they are part of the history of these cartoons.
- Popeye the Sailor: 1933–1938, Volume 1
- Popeye the Sailor: 1938–1940, Volume 2
- Popeye the Sailor: 1941–1943, Volume 3
- Popeye the Sailor: The 1940s Volume 2
- Popeye the Sailor filmography (Famous Studios)
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