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|Popeye the Sailor 1933-1938 Vol 1|
Genres: Kids & Family, Animation
The plot lines in the animated cartoons tended to be simple. A villain, usually Bluto, makes a move on Popeye's "sweetie", Olive Oyl. The bad guy then clobbers Popeye until Popeye eats spinach, which gives him superhuman s... more »
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Reviewed on 10/2/2009...
At last an official Popeye DVD set! The picture and sound quality is amazing, considering the age of the cartoons. A must for an cartoon DVD collector!
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This Is The Real Thing... At Long Last !!!!
JohnL | Alexander, NC United States | 04/14/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is it, Popeye cartoon fans! We have dreamed about it, wished for it, and hoped for it. Warner Brothers Video, by arrangement with King Features Syndicate, is issuing here the first 60 ORIGINAL Fleischer Studios Popeye cartoons. Wonderful! These fantastic cartoons are being released in chronological order of their theatrical release, FULLY RESTORED from the original negatives in beautiful black and white, UNCUT, with all Paramount titles restored. Volume 1, 1933-1938, is a 4-disc collector's edition. Also included in this release are the first two Three-Color-Technicolor two-reel specials: "Popeye the Sailor Meets Sinbad the Sailor", and "Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves". If that isn't enough, 5 hours worth of bonus materials are included: Audio commentaries from Mark Kausler, Jerry Beck, Mark Evanier, and others. More features include restrospectives on Popeye and Max Fleischer, behind the toons featurettes, and bonus shorts.
So many of us remember seeing many of these vintage Popeye shorts when we were kids, and fondly remember the incredible animation from those early Fleischer Studios Popeye's. In 1933, the original Popeye voice was done by William Costello. Sometime in 1935 he was fired and The Sailor Man's voice was taken over by Jack Mercer, who kept at it for the remaining duration of these great cartoons. Remember that wonderful muttering in those early years by Popeye? That was the great Jack Mercer. Who could forget that fantastic "Is that so?" and all the other regular mutterings that Popeye would utter, more so especially during the Fleischer years. Bluto was fantastic, too, with some great back-and-forth quips between himself and his rival. His voice was delivered by William Pennell from 1933-1935, then Gus Wickie from 1935 until his death in 1938. The voice of Olive Oyl was delivered by Mae Questel.
So, all you Popeye fans... this is what we have been waiting for many a year. Throw out all your other Popeye videos and DVDs. Get rid of your VHS tapes that you made from the Cartoon Network. Destroy (with pleasure) all of those horrible colorized Popeye's made infamous by Mr. Turner. Animation historian Jerry Beck says that "your eyes will POP at the restorations. If you've never seen them you are in for a revelation." At long last...the first official release of the Max Fleischer cartoons on DVD. Without a doubt, you will be absolutely, positively delighted!!!"
So much more than spinach. . .
A. Gammill | West Point, MS United States | 04/28/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As a lifelong fan of classic animation, I simply could not be more THRILLED at the prospect of finally owning restored versions of the Fleischer Popeye cartoons. Other reviewers have expertly detailed the contents of this set, so I'd like to take a moment to try and convince/convert those folks who may not know and love these things as much as I do. . .
There has been, as long as I can recall, a misconception about Popeye cartoons. I recently had this discussion with a good friend, who could not understand why I was so excited about this release. She, like so many people, was raised on the color Popeye cartoons made in the 1960's. "They're all the same," she complained. "Popeye and Bluto fight over Olive Oyl, and Popeye eats spinach and beats up his rival. Big deal." And you know something? Based solely on the cartoons my friend had seen, she was right. She knew nothing of these original black & white gems made by the Fleischers beginning in the early 1930's. And while the voice of Popeye in most of those shorts is the same (Jack Mercer) as the later ones, that's where the similarities end. The early 'toons are full of creative gags, ad-libs and boundless energy. Plus, they have the inimitable Fleischer style, which can also be found in Betty Boop and, later, the first Superman cartoons.
I hope that those of you who only know Popeye from the later, bland incarnations will check out this set. Forget Poopdeck Pappy or Popeye's nephews (those these will eventually surface in the Fleischer versions); this is the REAL POPEYE in all his elastic, mumbling glory.
Essential viewing for Popeye enthusiasts, and anyone interested in the early history of animated sound cartoons.
P.S. I wish I could get back all the money I've blown on cheapskate VHS and DVD versions by Goodtimes, etc. Those things are headed for a garage sale faster than you can say "I yam what I yam!"
The REAL Deal - Popeye Is BACK IN BLACK (& WHITE)!!
Erik Rupp | Southern California | 05/22/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The original Fleischer Studios Popeye cartoons were groundbreaking. The animation had a near 3-D look to them as the backgrounds were amazingly detailed and shaded. For the Popeye animated shorts Max and Dave Fleischer created a great urban world for Popeye to live in (although they did occasionally change the locales depending on story needs). There was a reality to the concrete jungle that was seen onscreen.
Then there were the voice actors, the most recognizable being Jack Mercer as Popeye (he took over the role in 1935) and Gus Wickie as Bluto (who also took over that role in 1935). Both of these voice actors left such an indelible mark on the series that whenever a viewer watches one of the shorts made before they took over their roles (or after Wickie's death in 1938) it just doesn't sound, "right." Wickie's deep voice, in particular, was so unique to the role that the Fleischers didn't even try to replace him with a "sound-alike," but rather went in a different direction.
Included in this set are many of the best Popeye cartoons (but by no means all of the best - there were many great animated shorts to come!), including, "The Paneless Window Washer," "Let's Get Movin," "Lost and Foundry," and, of course, the classic color Popeye, "Epic," "Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor!"
Warner Brothers has restored these animated works of art back to their original glory. It is said that the picture quality on these cartoons will result in, "Shock and awe," as these shorts haven't been seen in this good condition since they were first shown.
This is clearly the set that Popeye enthusiasts have been waiting for. The best news is that it is but the first in a series of releases from Warner Brothers which will eventually include ALL of the classic Popeye cartoons! Way to go Warners!
-Update: This set is even better than expected. The extra features are very good and the shorts themselves look fantastic. One of the best DVD releases of 2007."