Popeye the Sailor filmography (Famous Studios)

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This is a list of the 122 cartoons starring Popeye the Sailor and produced by Paramount Pictures' Famous Studios (later known as Paramount Cartoon Studios) from 1942 to 1957, with 14 in BW and 108 in color. These cartoons were produced after Paramount took ownership of Fleischer Studios, which originated the Popeye cartoon series in 1933.

Notes[edit]

All cartoons are one-reel in length (6 to 10 minutes). The first 14 shorts (You're a Sap, Mr. Jap through Cartoons Ain't Human) are in black-and-white. All remaining cartoons, beginning with Her Honor the Mare, are in color. Unlike the Fleischer Studios entries, the director credits for these shorts represent the actual director in charge of that short's production. The first animator credited handled the animation direction. The numbers listed next to each cartoon continue the numbering of the Fleischer entries.

The black-and white Popeye cartoons were sold to television distributor Associated Artists Productions (a.a.p.) in 1956, and the color cartoons 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 Co., whose Cartoon Network broadcast restored versions of many of the shorts as part of an anthology series called The Popeye Show. These shorts are noted below.

Popeye the Sailor series[edit]

1942[edit]

# Film Original release date Animated by Scenics by Story by Directed by Notes
109 You're a Sap, Mr. Jap August 7 Jim Tyer
George Germanetti
TBA Jim Tyer
Carl Meyer
Dan Gordon
  • First cartoon by Famous Studios
  • Does not have the "Famous Studios" branding in the opening segment
  • No longer shown on American television due to World War II ethnic stereotyping of Japanese people and a scene involving a Japanese Naval Officer committing suicide by eating firecrackers and drinking gasoline
  • First cartoon directed by Dan Gordon
110 Alona on the Sarong Seas September 4 Dave Tendlar
Abner Kneitel
TBA Jack Ward
Jack Mercer
I. Sparber
  • Does not have the "Famous Studios" branding in the opening segment
  • The last version of the opening credits sequence from the last Fleischer Studios shorts is used, minus the "A Max Fleischer Cartoon" credit
  • First cartoon directed by I. Sparber
  • Dave Barry voices Bluto, as well as in A Hull of a Mess
  • Bluto was redesigned to appear more muscular compared to his previous appearances
  • Final entry of the 1941-42 film season.
111 A Hull of a Mess October 16 Al Eugster
Joe Oriolo
TBA Jack Ward
Jack Mercer
I. Sparber
  • First appearance of the "Famous Studios" branding in the opening segment
  • First appearance of the opening segment with Popeye's head poking out of a porthole and tooting his pipe. The animation in this segment was the basis for the "spinning star" opening credits, lasting from Her Honor the Mare until the final cartoon in 1957, Spooky Swabs.
  • First entry of the 1942-43 film season.
112 Scrap the Japs November 20 Tom Johnson
Ben Solomon
TBA Carl Meyer Seymour Kneitel
  • No longer shown on American television due to World War II ethnic stereotyping of Japanese people
  • First cartoon directed by Seymour Kneitel
113 Me Musical Nephews December 25 Tom Johnson
George Germanetti
TBA Jack Ward
Jack Mercer
Seymour Kneitel
  • In the public domain in the United States

1943[edit]

# Film Original release date Animated by Scenics by Story by Directed by Notes
114 Spinach Fer Britain January 22 Jim Tyer
Abner Kneitel
TBA Carl Meyer I. Sparber
  • Does not air on American television outside of any scheduled airings on The Popeye Show due to World War II content involving Nazi stereotypes
  • First cartoon where Popeye sings his full theme song when he appears since Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor (1936)
  • Final cartoon with "anchor" designed ending.
115 Seein' Red, White 'N' Blue February 19 Jim Tyer
Ben Solomon
TBA Joe Stultz Dan Gordon
  • An edited-for-TV version is known to exist[citation needed]
  • Final appearance of William Pennell as the voice of Bluto
  • No longer shown on American television due to World War II ethnic stereotyping of Nazis and Japanese people
116 Too Weak to Work March 19 Jim Tyer
Abner Kneitel
TBA Joe Stultz I. Sparber
117 A Jolly Good Furlough April 23 Joe Oriolo
John Walworth
TBA Joseph Stultz Dan Gordon
  • Some TV versions are edited to remove anti-Japanese dialogue spoken by Popeye's nephews
  • Twinkletoes the Carrier Pigeon from the Fleischer Studios film Gulliver's Travels appears.
118 Ration Fer the Duration May 28 Dave Tendlar
Tom Golden
TBA Jack Mercer
Jack Ward
Seymour Kneitel
  • A parody of Jack and the Beanstalk
119 The Hungry Goat June 25 Joe Oriolo
John Walworth
TBA Carl Meyer Dan Gordon
  • The ending gag is cut from a.a.p. prints due to the involvement of the Paramount logo. This gag was recreated for airing on The Popeye Show and for the 2008 DVD release
  • First cartoon to feature the voice of Arnold Stang
  • Breaks the fourth wall
120 Happy Birthdaze July 16 Graham Place
Abner Kneitel
TBA Carl Meyer Dan Gordon
  • The first of three cartoons to feature Popeye's Navy buddy, Shorty
  • Except for uncut airings on The Popeye Show, the ending gag is usually cut from TV airings due to its content suggesting murder, though the "murder" scene was in the dark
121 Wood-Peckin' August 6 Nicholas Tafuri
Tom Golden
TBA Joe Stultz I. Sparber
122 Cartoons Ain't Human September 3 Orestes Calpini
Otto Feuer
TBA Jack Mercer
Jack Ward
Seymour Kneitel
  • Final black-and-white cartoon in the Popeye film series
  • Final entry of the 1942-43 film season.
123 Her Honor the Mare November 26 Jim Tyer
Ben Solomon
TBA Jack Mercer
Jack Ward
I. Sparber
  • First regular Popeye the Sailor series entry in Technicolor (three two-reel Technicolor Popeye Color Specials were produced by Fleischer in the 1930s)
  • One of four cartoons where Popeye's sailor outfit is blue
  • First use of the "spinning star" opening credits
  • First entry of the 1943-44 film season.
124 The Marry-Go-Round December 31 Graham Place
Abner Kneitel
TBA Joe Stultz Seymour Kneitel
  • The second appearance of Shorty
  • Final appearance of Margie Hines as the voice of Olive Oyl
  • A restored version aired on The Popeye Show
  • The last Popeye cartoon to use the Western Electric "Noiseless Recording" sound system

1944[edit]

# Film Original release date Animated by Scenics by Story by Directed by Notes
125 W'ere on Our Way to Rio April 21 James Tyer
Ben Solomon
TBA Jack Mercer
Jack Ward
I. Sparber
  • First of two cartoons to use special opening credits and introductory music
  • The first Popeye cartoon to use the RCA Photophone sound system
  • The last Popeye cartoon produced at the Fleischer/Famous studio in Miami, Florida. Famous moved to New York City (the original home of Fleischer Studios) in late 1943.
  • A restored version was prepared for The Popeye Show, but the show was cancelled before it could air
  • Some TV airings delete Popeye's "sambo dancer" line
  • Final appearance of Dave Barry as the voice of Bluto
126 The Anvil Chorus Girl May 26 Dave Tendlar
Morey Reden
TBA Bill Turner
Jack Ward
I. Sparber
  • Color remake of the Fleischer Studios short Shoein' Hosses
  • The first Popeye cartoon produced after Famous Studios moved back to New York
  • First appearance of Mae Questel as the voice of Olive Oyl since 1938's A Date to Skate
  • First appearance of Jackson Beck as the voice of Bluto. Beck would be the permanent voice for Bluto until The All-New Popeye Hour in 1978.
  • A restored version aired on The Popeye Show
127 Spinach Packin' Popeye July 21 Dave Tendlar
Joe Oriolo
TBA Bill Turner I. Sparber
Dave Fleischer (uncredited, archival)
128 Puppet Love August 11 Jim Tyer
William Henning
TBA Joe Stultz Seymour Kneitel
129 Pitchin' Woo at the Zoo September 1 Nick Tafuri
Tom Golden
TBA Bill Turner
Jack Ward
I. Sparber
  • A restored version aired on The Popeye Show
130 Moving Aweigh September 22 Jim Tyer
Ben Solomon
TBA Carl Meyer Dan Gordon (uncredited)
  • Final film appearance of Shorty. Here, he is voiced by Arnold Stang rather than Jack Mercer.
  • A restored version aired on The Popeye Show
  • Final cartoon directed by Dan Gordon
  • Semi-remake of the Fleischer short Cops is Always Right
  • Although Olive Oyl appears in this cartoon, she doesn't speak at all.
  • Final entry of the 1943-44 film season.
131 She-Sick Sailors December 8 Jim Tyer
Ben Solomon
TBA Bill Turner
Otto Messmer
Seymour Kneitel

1945[edit]

# Film Original release date Animated by Scenics by Story by Directed by Notes
132 Pop-Pie a la Mode January 26 Joe Oriolo
Morey Reden
TBA Dave Tendlar I. Sparber
  • First appearance of the Paramount mountain with a red color scheme and solid blue sky in the opening[1]
  • No longer shown on American television due to Black African native stereotyping
133 Tops in the Big Top March 16 Nick Tafuri
Tom Golden
John Walworth
Robert Little Joe Stultz
Carl Meyer
I. Sparber
  • Second of two cartoons to use special opening credits and introductory music
  • A restored version aired on The Popeye Show
134 Shape Ahoy April 27 James Tyer
Ben Solomon
TBA Jack Ward
Irving Dressler
I. Sparber
  • This is the first of several cartoons where Mercer was unavailable to voice Popeye; however, this is the only time that Mae Questel provides Popeye's voice.
  • Original Paramount version restored and distributed by Turner
  • Despite the fact that Popeye and Bluto are wearing blue pants, it's possible that their Navy sailor suits are blue.
135 For Better or Nurse June 8 Dave Tendlar
John Gentilella
TBA Joe Stultz
Irving Dressler
I. Sparber
  • First time that Harry Foster Welch voices Popeye
  • A color remake of the Fleischer Studios short Hospitaliky
136 Mess Production August 24 Graham Place
Lou Zukor
TBA Bill Turner
Otto Messmer
Seymour Kneitel
  • The last time Jack Mercer voices Popeye until 1946's Rocket to Mars
  • An early appearance of the newly-designed Olive Oyl.
  • Final Popeye cartoon produced and released during World War II.
  • Final entry of the 1944-45 film season.

1946[edit]

# Film Original release date Animated by Scenics by Story by Directed by Notes
137 House Tricks? March 15 Graham Place
Martin Taras
TBA Jack Ward
Carl Meyer
Seymour Kneitel
  • First Popeye short to have a separate opening title card for the "A Famous Studios Production" credit
  • Harry Foster Welch voices Popeye
  • Color remake of the Max Fleischer short The House Builder-Upper
  • First entry of the 1945-46 film season.
138 Service with a Guile April 19 James Tyer
Ben Solomon
TBA Jack Ward
Carl Meyer
Bill Tytla
  • Harry Foster Welch voices Popeye
  • The newly-designed Olive Oyl appears in the opening credits; however, she retains her old style in the cartoon.
  • First cartoon directed by Bill Tytla
139 Klondike Casanova May 31 Dave Tendlar
John Gentilella
TBA I. Klein
George Hill
I. Sparber
  • One of four cartoons where Popeye's sailor outfit is blue
  • Harry Foster Welch voices Popeye
140 Peep in the Deep June 7 Jim Tyer
William Henning
TBA Bill Turner
Otto Messmer
Seymour Kneitel
  • The first Popeye cartoon produced in Cinecolor
  • Original titles were retained in a.a.p. TV syndication print
  • Harry Foster Welch voices Popeye
  • Semi-remake of the Fleischer short Dizzy Divers
141 Rocket to Mars August 9 Jim Tyer
John Gentillela
Anton Loeb Bill Turner
Otto Messmer
Bill Tytla
  • Produced in Cinecolor
  • Jack Mercer and Harry Foster Welch both voice Popeye (Mercer does 3/4 of this cartoon; Welch takes over near the end)
  • Some TV versions are edited to remove a Japanese stereotype
  • Original Paramount version restored and distributed by Turner. However, syndicated TV airings on Boomerang have an editing error on the opening titles.
  • Early appearance of the newly-designed Olive Oyl
142 Rodeo Romeo August 16 Dave Tendlar
Martin Taras
Shane Miller I. Klein
Joe Stultz
I. Sparber
  • Harry Foster Welch voices Popeye
143 The Fistic Mystic November 29 Graham Place
Nick Tafuri
Shane Miller I. Klein
Jack Ward
Seymour Kneitel
  • Harry Foster Welch voices Popeye
  • First regular appearance of the newly-designed Olive Oyl
  • Some TV versions are edited to remove a Black stereotype
144 The Island Fling December 27 John Gentilella
George Germanetti
Robert Connavale Woody Gelman
Larry Riley
Bill Tytla
  • Harry Foster Welch voices Popeye
  • An edited-for-TV version is known to exist
  • Although uncredited, Jim Tyer worked on this short
  • Herman the Mouse makes a cameo appearance
  • No longer shown on American television due to Black African native stereotyping
  • Final entry of the 1945-46 film season.

1947[edit]

# Film Original release date Animated by Scenics by Story by Directed by Notes
145 Abusement Park April 25 Dave Tendlar
Tom Golden
Anton Loeb Joe Stultz
Carl Meyer
I. Sparber
  • Produced in Cinecolor
  • Final short in which Harry Foster Welch voices Popeye
  • Original Paramount version restored and distributed by Turner
  • First entry of the 1946-47 film season.
146 I'll Be Skiing Ya June 13 Tom Johnson
George Germanetti
Robert Connavale Bill Turner
Larry Riley
I. Sparber
  • First time Jack Mercer voices Popeye since 1946's Rocket to Mars. Mercer voices Popeye in all cartoons from here onward
147 Popeye and the Pirates September 12 Dave Tendlar
Martin Taras
Robert Connavale I. Klein
Jack Ward
Seymour Kneitel
  • All prints in circulation use an edited print which cuts out the scene where Popeye transitions from being in drag into having a sailor suit, presumably due to nudity. This clip has been edited out since the original theatrical showing in 1947. This clip is presumed lost or destroyed.
  • The French pirate captain was named after Pierre le Grand
148 The Royal Four-Flusher September 12 Tom Johnson
Frank Endres
Tom Ford Joe Stultz
Carl Meyer
Seymour Kneitel
  • Although uncredited, Jim Tyer worked on this short
149 Wotta Knight October 24 Tom Johnson
John Gentilella
Anton Loeb I. Klein
Carl Meyer
I. Sparber
  • Although uncredited, this is the last Popeye cartoon on which animator Jim Tyer worked on before leaving to join the Terrytoons studio
  • Some TV versions are edited to remove a Black stereotype and Bluto in blackface
  • King Little from the Fleischer Studios film Gulliver's Travels appears as the jousting announcer.
  • Final entry of the 1946-47 film season.
150 Safari So Good November 7 Tom Johnson
Morey Reden
Anton Loeb Larz Bourne I. Sparber
  • First entry of the 1947-48 film season.
151 All's Fair at the Fair December 19 Dave Tendlar
Martin Taras
Robert Connavale I. Klein
Jack Ward
Seymour Kneitel
  • Produced in Cinecolor
  • Dave Tendlar's animation crew got the credit for animation, but this cartoon was actually animated by Tom Johnson's crew.
  • Original Paramount version restored and distributed by Turner

1948[edit]

# Film Original release date Animated by Scenics by Story by Directed by Notes
152 Olive Oyl for President January 30 Tom Johnson
John Gentilella
Tom Ford Joe Stultz
Larry Riley
I. Sparber
  • Final Popeye cartoon produced in Cinecolor
  • Color remake of the Fleischer Studios short Betty Boop for President
  • Little Audrey makes a cameo appearance in a dream sequence. This is the second appearance she has been in a Famous Studios cartoon, the first being the Noveltoon Santa's Surprise. She later appeared in more Noveltoons, billed as her own cartoon series.
  • The ending music for most a.a.p.-distributed Famous Studios Popeye shorts was sourced from this cartoon.
  • Original Paramount version restored and distributed by Turner
153 Wigwam Whoopee February 27 Tom Johnson
William Henning
Robert Connavale I. Klein
Jack Mercer
I. Sparber
  • The first Popeye cartoon produced in Polacolor
  • Original Paramount titles restored and distributed by Turner
  • A special set of titles were used only on this cartoon
154 Pre-Hysterical Man March 26 Dave Tendlar
Morey Reden
Anton Loeb Carl Meyer
Jack Mercer
Seymour Kneitel
  • Produced in Polacolor
  • Opening titles revised to shorten the "Sailor's Hornpipe" portion of the theme, and add clouds behind the Paramount mountain
155 Popeye Meets Hercules June 18 George Germanetti
Tom Moore
Robert Connavale I. Klein Bill Tytla
  • Produced in Polacolor
  • Original titles were retained in a.a.p. TV syndication print
156 A Wolf in Sheik's Clothing July 30 Tom Johnson
George Rufle
Tom Ford Larry Riley
I. Klein
I. Sparber
  • Produced in Polacolor
  • Original titles were retained in a.a.p. TV syndication print
157 Spinach vs Hamburgers August 27 Al Eugster
Tom Moore
Tom Ford Bill Turner
Larz Bourne
Seymour Kneitel
  • Compilation film, uses clips (with original soundtracks) from The Anvil Chorus Girl, Pop-Pie a La Mode, and She-Sick Sailors
  • Some TV versions are edited to remove the clip from Pop-Pie a La Mode
  • Although not appearing in person, this is Wimpy's first mention since 1940's Onion Pacific.
158 Snow Place Like Home September 3 Dave Tendlar
Martin Taras
Anton Loeb Carl Meyer
Jack Mercer
Seymour Kneitel
  • Produced in Polacolor
  • Final entry of the 1947-48 film season.
159 Robin Hood-Winked November 12 Tom Johnson
Frank Endres
Robert Little Larz Bourne
Tom Golden
Seymour Kneitel
  • Produced in Polacolor
  • Original Paramount version restored and distributed by Turner
  • A parody of Robin Hood
  • First entry of the 1948-49 film season.
160 Symphony in Spinach December 31 Tom Johnson
John Gentilella
Robert Connavale Bill Turner
Larry Riley
Seymour Kneitel
  • Produced in Polacolor
  • Original Paramount version restored and distributed by Turner

1949[edit]

# Film Original release date Animated by Scenics by Story by Directed by Notes
161 Popeye's Premiere March 25 Dave Tendlar
John Gentilella
TBA Bill Turner
I. Klein
TBA
Dave Fleischer (uncredited, archival)
  • Compilation film, mostly reused footage from the Fleischer two-reeler Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp with new wrap-around animation and a new soundtrack
162 Lumberjack and Jill May 27 Tom Johnson
George Rufle
Tom Ford Carl Meyer
Jack Mercer
Seymour Kneitel
  • Produced in Polacolor
163 Hot Air Aces June 24 Al Eugster
Bill Hudson
Robert Connavale I. Klein I. Sparber
  • Final Popeye cartoon produced in Polacolor
164 A Balmy Swami July 22 Tom Johnson
George Rufle
Anton Loeb Carl Meyer
Jack Mercer
I. Sparber
  • All cartoons produced in Technicolor from now on
  • A color remake of the Fleischer short The "Hyp-Nut-Tist"
165 Tar with a Star August 12 George Germanetti
Steve Muffatti
TBA Carl Meyer
Jack Mercer
Bill Tytla
166 Silly Hillbilly September 9 Tom Johnson
Frank Endres
Robert Little I. Klein I. Sparber
  • Final entry of the 1948-49 film season.
167 Barking Dogs Don't Fite October 28 Tom Johnson
John Gentilella
Tom Ford Carl Meyer
Jack Mercer
I. Sparber
  • One of four cartoons where Popeye's sailor outfit is blue
  • A color remake of the Fleischer Studios short Protek the Weakerist
  • First entry of the 1949-50 film season.
168 The Fly's Last Flight December 23 Tom Johnson
Frank Endres
Tom Ford Larz Bourne Seymour Kneitel
  • A color remake of the Fleischer short Flies Ain't Human
  • Final Popeye cartoon released in the 1940s

1950[edit]

# Film Original release date Animated by Scenics by Story by Directed by Notes
169 How Green Is My Spinach January 27 Tom Johnson
William Henning
Lloyd Hallock, Jr. I. Klein Seymour Kneitel
  • First Popeye cartoon released in the 1950s
170 Gym Jam March 27 Tom Johnson
John Gentilella
Anton Loeb Carl Meyer
Jack Mercer
I. Sparber
  • Color remake of the Fleischer Studios short Vim, Vigor and Vitaliky
171 Beach Peach May 12 Tom Johnson
Frank Endres
Tom Ford Larz Bourne
Larry Riley
Seymour Kneitel
172 Jitterbug Jive June 23 George Germanetti
Harvey Patterson
Lloyd Hallock, Jr. Carl Meyer
Jack Mercer
Bill Tytla
173 Popeye Makes a Movie August 11 Tom Johnson
George Rufle
Robert Little I. Klein Seymour Kneitel
Dave Fleischer (uncredited, archival)
  • Compilation film, mostly reused footage from the Fleischer two-reeler Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves with new wraparound animation and dubbing voices
  • First film appearance of Wimpy since 1940's Onion Pacific
  • One of two Famous cartoons where Popeye appears in his comic strip uniform
  • This is the first of six cartoons where Popeye's nephews appeared with Bluto (Abu Hassan), and the first of two cartoons where Wimpy and Popeye's nephews appeared together.
174 Baby Wants Spinach September 29 Al Eugster
Wm. B. Pattengill
Robert Owen Carl Meyer
Jack Mercer
Seymour Kneitel
  • First film appearance of Swee'Pea since 1942's Baby Wants a Bottleship. The design for Swee'Pea is different than the Fleischer Studios version.
  • A color remake of the Fleischer Studios short With Little Swee'Pea
175 Quick on the Vigor October 6 Tom Johnson
John Gentilella
Robert Owen Carl Meyer
Jack Mercer
Seymour Kneitel
176 Riot in Rhythm November 10 Tom Johnson
William Henning
Tom Ford Seymour Kneitel Seymour Kneitel
  • Color shot-for-shot remake of Me Musical Nephews
  • One of four cartoons where Popeye's sailor outfit is blue
  • The ending gag is cut from a.a.p. prints due to the involvement of the Paramount logo
177 The Farmer and the Belle December 1 Tom Johnson
Frank Endres
Robert Little Joe Stultz Seymour Kneitel

1951[edit]

# Film Original release date Animated by Scenics by Story by Directed by Notes
178 Vacation with Play January 19 Tom Johnson
John Gentilella
Tom Ford Carl Meyer
Jack Mercer
Seymour Kneitel
179 Thrill of Fair April 20 Tom Johnson
John Gentilella
Tom Ford Carl Meyer
Jack Mercer
Seymour Kneitel
180 Alpine for You May 18 Steve Muffatti
George Germanetti
Robert Connavale Carl Meyer
Jack Mercer
I. Sparber
  • The ending gag is cut from a.a.p. prints due to the involvement of the Paramount logo
  • Original Paramount version restored and distributed by Turner
  • Semi-remake of the Fleischer short I-Ski Love-Ski You-Ski
  • Popeye permanently gains teeth from here on out.
181 Double-Cross-Country Race June 15 Tom Johnson
Bill Hudson
Anton Loeb Larz Bourne Seymour Kneitel
182 Pilgrim Popeye July 13 Al Eugster
George Germanetti
Anton Loeb Carl Meyer
Jack Mercer
I. Sparber
  • Timothy Turkey makes a guest appearance
183 Let's Stalk Spinach October 19 Steve Muffatti
George Germanetti
Anton Loeb I. Klein Seymour Kneitel
  • Alternated rendition of the Popeye theme is utilized; this version would be used for all remaining Popeye theatricals
184 Punch and Judo November 16 Tom Johnson
Frank Endres
Robert Connavale Irving Spector I. Sparber
  • Some TV versions are edited to remove a Black stereotype

1952[edit]

# Film Original release date Animated by Scenics by Story by Directed by Notes
185 Popeye's Pappy January 25 Tom Johnson
Frank Endres
Robert Little Larz Bourne I. Sparber
  • Poopdeck Pappy's first film appearance since 1941's Pest Pilot. This is the first of three appearances he would make in the Famous shorts.
  • Semi-remake of the Fleischer Studios short Goonland
  • No longer shown on American television due to Black African native stereotyping
186 Lunch with a Punch March 14 Al Eugster
George Germanetti
Tom Ford Carl Meyer
Jack Mercer
I. Sparber
  • This is the second of six cartoons where Popeye's nephews appeared with Bluto.
187 Swimmer Take All May 16 Tom Johnson
John Gentilella
Robert Little Carl Meyer
Jack Mercer
Seymour Kneitel
188 Friend or Phony June 20 Al Eugster
George Germanetti
Robert Owen Irving Spector I. Sparber
  • Reused footage from Tar with a Star and I'll Be Skiing Ya
189 Tots of Fun August 15 Tom Johnson
Frank Endres
Robert Owen Larz Bourne Seymour Kneitel
190 Popalong Popeye August 29 Tom Johnson
John Gentilella
John Zago Carl Meyer
Jack Mercer
Seymour Kneitel
  • This is the third of six cartoons where Popeye's nephews appeared with Bluto.
191 Shuteye Popeye October 3 Al Eugster
George Germanetti
Robert Connavale Irving Spector I. Sparber
  • This short has gained some infamy for its use of a sped-up voice clip used for the mouse, which includes swearing.[2]
  • The mouse is rumored to have been voiced by Seymour Kneitel.[citation needed]
  • In the public domain in the United States
192 Big Bad Sindbad December 12 Tom Johnson
William Henning
Robert Connavale I. Klein Seymour Kneitel
Dave Fleischer (uncredited, archival)
  • Mostly reused footage from the Fleischer two-reeler Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor with new wraparound animation and a new soundtrack
  • In the public domain in the United States
  • A restored original print is available on some PD compilations
  • Second of two Famous cartoons where Popeye appears in his comic strip uniform
  • Final cartoon directed by Dave Fleischer
  • This is the fourth of six cartoons where Popeye's nephews appeared with Bluto (Sinbad), and the second of two cartoons where Wimpy and Popeye's nephews appeared together.

1953[edit]

# Film Original release date Animated by Scenics by Story by Directed by Notes
193 Ancient Fistory January 30 Al Eugster
Wm. B. Pattengill
Robert Connavale Irving Spector Seymour Kneitel
  • Poopdeck Pappy's second appearance in a Famous cartoon. This time he appears as Popeye's fairy godfather.
  • In the public domain in the United States
  • A parody of the fairy tale Cinderella
194 Child Sockology March 27 Tom Johnson
Frank Endres
Robert Little Carl Meyer
Jack Mercer
I. Sparber
195 Popeye's Mirthday May 22 Tom Johnson
Frank Endres
Robert Connavale Carl Meyer
Jack Mercer
Seymour Kneitel
196 Toreadorable June 12 Tom Johnson
John Gentilella
Anton Loeb Carl Meyer
Jack Mercer
Seymour Kneitel
197 Baby Wants a Battle July 24 Al Eugster
George Germanetti
Robert Connavale Carl Meyer
Jack Mercer
Seymour Kneitel
  • The final appearance of Poopdeck Pappy in a Famous cartoon. This time, he is a younger version in a flashback sequence
198 Firemen's Brawl August 21 Tom Johnson
Frank Endres
Robert Connavale Carl Meyer
Jack Mercer
I. Sparber
  • A color remake of the Fleischer Studios short The Two-Alarm Fire
199 Popeye, the Ace of Space October 2 Al Eugster
George Germanetti
Wm. B. Pattengill
Robert Little
Anton Loeb
Carl Meyer
Jack Mercer
Seymour Kneitel
  • Originally made in 3D
  • One of two Paramount cartoons filmed in 3D
  • This is the only 3D Popeye cartoon, the other Famous Studios animated theatrical short to be made in 3D was the Casper cartoon Boo Moon.
  • The ending gag is cut from a.a.p. prints due to the use of the Paramount logo
  • A print with original titles aired on The Popeye Show
  • A fully restored 3D print is in circulation for screening at 3D film events
  • A semi-remake of Rocket to Mars
200 Shaving Muggs October 9 Tom Johnson
John Gentilella
Anton Loeb Larz Bourne Seymour Kneitel
  • A color remake of the Fleischer Studios short A Clean Shaven Man
  • 200th Popeye cartoon.

1954[edit]

# Film Original release date Animated by Scenics by Story by Directed by Notes
201 Floor Flusher January 1 Tom Golden
Bill Hudson
Robert Owen Carl Meyer
Jack Mercer
I. Sparber
  • In the public domain in the United States
  • Semi-remake of the Fleischer short Plumbin is a 'Pipe'
  • Copyright is marked as 1953 on the title card, due to this cartoon being released on New Year's Day in 1954.
202 Popeye's 20th Anniversary April 2 Al Eugster
George Germanetti
Joseph Dommerque I. Klein I. Sparber
  • Reused footage from Tops in the Big Top and Rodeo Romeo
  • In the public domain in the United States
203 Taxi-Turvy June 4 Tom Johnson
Frank Endres
Robert Owen Irving Spector Seymour Kneitel
  • In the public domain in the United States
  • Some restored versions on public domain DVDs use the original soundtrack.
204 Bride and Gloom July 2 Tom Johnson
John Gentilella
Robert Connavale Larz Bourne I. Sparber
  • Semi-remake of the Fleischer Studios short Wimmin Is a Myskery
  • In the public domain in the United States
205 Greek Mirthology August 13 Tom Golden
George Germanetti
Anton Loeb I. Klein Seymour Kneitel
  • In the public domain in the United States
  • This is the fifth of six cartoons where Popeye's nephews appeared with Bluto.
206 Fright to the Finish August 27 Al Eugster
Wm. B. Pattengill
Robert Connavale Jack Mercer Seymour Kneitel
  • Semi-remake of the Fleischer short Ghosks is the Bunk
  • In the public domain in the United States
207 Private Eye Popeye November 12 Tom Johnson
Frank Endres
Anton Loeb I. Klein Seymour Kneitel
  • In the public domain in the United States
  • Final entry of the 1953-54 film season.
208 Gopher Spinach December 10 Tom Johnson
John Gentilella
Robert Connavale Carl Meyer Seymour Kneitel
  • In the public domain in the United States
  • To make the film's title safe for emerging widescreen theatres, the Paramount mountain was completely redrawn for this cartoon. Along with other Famous Studios cartoons after Herman and Katnip's Rail-Rodents, the new logo remains permanent for all remaining shorts to the end of the series.
  • First entry of the 1954-55 film season.

1955[edit]

# Film Original release date Animated by Scenics by Story by Directed by Notes
209 Cookin' with Gags January 14 Tom Johnson
William Henning
Anton Loeb Carl Meyer I. Sparber
  • In the public domain in the United States
  • a.a.p. print mistakenly leaves in Famous Studios credit with the Paramount logo in the background.
210 Nurse to Meet Ya February 11 Al Eugster
Wm. B. Pattengill
Robert Connavale Jack Mercer I. Sparber
  • Last film appearance of Swee'Pea
211 Penny Antics March 11 Tom Johnson
Frank Endres
Robert Connavale I. Klein Seymour Kneitel
  • Semi-remake of the Fleischer Studios short Customers Wanted
  • Reused footage from Silly Hillbilly, Wotta Knight, and The Fistic Mystic
  • Some TV versions are edited to remove Black stereotypes that originally appeared in the reused footage from Wotta Knight
212 Beaus Will Be Beaus May 20 Tom Johnson
John Gentilella
Robert Little I. Klein I. Sparber
213 Gift of Gag May 27 Tom Johnson
Frank Endres
Robert Connavale I. Klein Seymour Kneitel
214 Car-azy Drivers July 22 Tom Johnson
John Gentilella
Anton Loeb Larz Bourne Seymour Kneitel
  • Color remake of the Fleischer Studios short Wimmin Hadn't Oughta Drive
  • The last cartoon produced before the cartoons were sold to a.a.p. for television. All following entries only exist with original titles
  • Final entry of the 1954-55 film season.
215 Mister and Mistletoe September 30 Al Eugster
Wm. B. Pattengill
Joseph Dommerque Jack Mercer I. Sparber
  • This is the sixth and final cartoon where Popeye's nephews appear with Bluto.
  • First entry of the 1955-56 film season.
  • From this entry onward, all remaining Popeye shorts retain their original Paramount titles
216 Cops Is Tops November 4 Tom Johnson
Frank Endres
Anton Loeb Carl Meyer I. Sparber
217 A Job for a Gob December 9 Al Eugster
George Germanetti
Robert Connavale Larz Bourne Seymour Kneitel

1956[edit]

# Film Original release date Animated by Scenics by Story by Directed by Notes
218 Hill-billing and Cooing January 13 Tom Johnson
John Gentilella
Robert Connavale Jack Mercer Seymour Kneitel
  • Latest Popeye short not to be in the public domain. All remaining shorts to the end of the series are in the public domain
  • Possum Pearl had her own cartoon short the following year
  • This cartoon was a role-reversal, in which Olive Oyl was the protagonist who had to rescue Popeye.
219 Popeye for President March 30 Tom Johnson
Frank Endres
Robert Connavale Jack Mercer Seymour Kneitel
  • In the public domain in the United States
220 Out to Punch June 8 Tom Johnson
John Gentilella
John Zago Carl Meyer Seymour Kneitel
  • In the public domain in the United States
  • A semi-remake of Punch and Judo
221 Assault and Flattery July 6 Al Eugster
Wm. B. Pattengill
Joseph Dommerque I. Klein I. Sparber
  • Reused footage from The Farmer and the Belle, How Green Is My Spinach, and A Balmy Swami
  • In the public domain in the United States
222 Insect to Injury August 10 Morey Reden
Thomas Moore
Anton Loeb I. Klein Dave Tendlar
  • In the public domain in the United States
  • The only Popeye cartoon supervised by Dave Tendlar
  • Final entry of the 1955-56 film season.
223 Parlez Vous Woo October 12 Al Eugster
Wm. B. Pattengill
Anton Loeb I. Klein I. Sparber
  • In the public domain in the United States
  • First entry of the 1956-57 film season.
224 I Don't Scare November 16 Tom Johnson
Frank Endres
Robert Owen Jack Mercer I. Sparber
  • In the public domain in the United States
225 A Haul in One December 14 Al Eugster
Wm. B. Pattengill
Robert Owen Larz Bourne I. Sparber
  • Color remake of the Fleischer Studios short Let's Get Movin'
  • In the public domain in the United States

1957[edit]

# Film Original release date Animated by Scenics by Story by Directed by Notes
226 Nearlyweds February 8 Tom Johnson
Frank Endres
John Zago I. Klein Seymour Kneitel
  • Last Popeye cartoon to bear the name "Famous Studios" in the credits before the studio became Paramount Cartoon Studios
  • In the public domain in the United States
227 The Crystal Brawl April 5 Al Eugster
Wm. B. Pattengill
Joe Dommerque Carl Meyer Seymour Kneitel
  • Reused footage from Alpine for You and Quick on the Vigor
  • In the public domain in the United States
228 Patriotic Popeye May 10 Tom Johnson
Frank Endres
Robert Owen Carl Meyer I. Sparber
  • Final theatrical film appearance of Popeye's nephews
  • In the public domain in the United States
229 Spree Lunch June 21 Tom Johnson
Frank Endres
Joe Dommerque Jack Mercer Seymour Kneitel
  • Final theatrical film appearances of Bluto and Wimpy
  • In the public domain in the United States
230 Spooky Swabs August 9 Tom Johnson
Frank Endres
John Zago Larz Bourne I. Sparber
  • Final theatrical film appearances of Popeye and Olive Oyl
  • In the public domain in the United States
  • Some of the ghosts from Casper the Friendly Ghost appear in this cartoon.
  • Semi-remake of Shiver Me Timbers!
  • Final cartoon directed by I. Sparber
  • Final entry of the 1956-57 film season.

Official DVD availability[edit]

The black-and-white Famous Studios cartoons were released as part of Warner Home Video's Popeye the Sailor third DVD collection. The color cartoons are being released on Blu-ray and DVD through the Warner Archive Collection.

  • Popeye the Sailor: 1941–1943, Volume 3, released on November 4, 2008, includes the 14 black-and-white Famous Studios cartoons released in 1942 and 1943 (from You're a Sap, Mr. Jap to Cartoons Ain't Human) along with the 18 Fleischer cartoons from 1941 and 1942 (Problem Pappy through Baby Wants a Bottleship).[3]
  • Popeye the Sailor: The 1940s Volume 1, released on December 11, 2018, includes 14 cartoons released in 1943 through 1945 (from Her Honor the Mare to Mess Production)[4]
  • Popeye the Sailor: The 1940s Volume 2, released on June 18, 2019, includes 15 cartoons released in 1946 through 1947 (from House Tricks? to All's Fair at the Fair)[5]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Source confirming appearance of second Paramount mountain variant". Internet Animation Database. Retrieved 2018-12-08.
  2. ^ CartoonSecrets (1 August 2009). ""Shuteye Popeye" - Hidden Audio Clip" – via YouTube.
  3. ^ TVshowsondDVD.com Archived 2009-01-07 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Beck, Jerry (November 21, 2018). "Warner Archive Collection Releases "POPEYE THE SAILOR: The 1940s" Vol. 1". Animaation Scoop. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  5. ^ Beck, Jerry (June 3, 2019). "Warner Archive Collection Releases "POPEYE THE SAILOR: The 1940s" Vol. 2". Animaation Scoop. Retrieved July 3, 2019.