Popeye begins his movie career by singing his theme song, demonstrating his strength at a carnival, dancing the hula with Betty Boop, pummeling Bluto, eating his spinach and saving Olive Oyl from certain doom on the railroad tracks.
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Popeye, Olive (rowing), and Wimpy (eating) arrive in America by rowboat. Popeye builds a log cabin (by punching some trees) and sets off to gather some ducks. He fights a few indians along ... See full summary »
Popeye introduces himself to us (including a quick live-action shot of newspapers announcing that he's a movie star). The ship docks, and the sailors try to pick up Olive, but she only wants Popeye. They head for a carnival, but Bluto isn't giving up easily. The boys compete at the various games. Betty Boop does a hula dance, and Popeye joins her on stage. Meanwhile, Bluto runs off with Olive and ties her to the tracks. Popeye comes along and rescues her in the nick of time. Written by
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Olive Oyl and Wimpy are based on real people, too. Wimpy was based on Segar's former newspaper editor, Bill Schuschert, who was a great hamburger lover, and on an underhanded fight promoter whom Segar used to know. Olive Oyl was based on a schoolteacher named Dora Paskal, who was tall and wore high-bottom boots like Olive's and wore her hair in a bun just like Olive. She appeared in the strip long before Popeye did (her original beau was a cowboy named Ham Gravy), back when it was still called THIMBLE THEATER, long before Popeye came on the scene. See more »
Usually in old cartoons in which a cartoon character as a debut do not have the character on for very long, or they do not make a big thing of the character's personality. Here, unusually, Popeye and Olive Oyl, in their first episode, seem to already be very developed characters (almost definitely because of the comics). It was my first official time to watch a Popeye cartoon. I quite enjoyed it, but Popeye and Olive Oyl are not yet my favourite cartoon characters.
Things I enjoyed about this episode were the great introduction of Popeye "the sailor-man" and his gal, Olive Oyl. I also liked the quick appearance of Betty Boop, the old style of the cartoon which was around in those days (in Fleisher, Warner Brothers and Disney cartoons), the basic plot-line and the fact that spinach works quicker for Popeye than drugs do on normal people. Go spinach! :-) Basically, in "Popeye the Sailor", we are introduced to Popeye as a strong sailor, on a boat, who likes his spinach. Then we meet Olive Oyl, in a quay, waiting for her love (Popeye) to arrive off the boat. While she is waiting a number of sailors eye her (as she is attractive to them). She punches them and they move away, except for one huge sailor who is not hurt by her kicks. Just then, Popeye comes along and takes her to the funfair, where the horrible sailor follows them...
I am not sure whether this was aimed for children at the time, not all cartoons were, but if it was it is not exactly suitable for kids in this day and age. This is because the horrible sailor tries to seduce Olive Oyl a little and yet does truly horrible things to her. It does not seem so bad partly because it is in a cartoon.
I recommend this to people who are interested in Popeye, to people who like old cartoons and to people who like cartoons with quite a lot of singing (yes, sorry, I forgot to mention this). Enjoy "Popeye the Sailor"! :-) 7 and a half out of ten.
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