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14 July 1933 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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POPEYE THE SAILOR {Short} (Dave Fleischer and, uncredited, Seymour Kneitel, 1933) **1/2 See more (13 total) »


  (in alphabetical order)
William Costello ... Popeye (voice) (uncredited)
William Pennell ... Bluto (voice) (uncredited)
Bonnie Poe ... Olive Oyl / Betty Boop (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Dave Fleischer 
Seymour Kneitel (animation director) (uncredited)
Produced by
Max Fleischer .... producer (uncredited)
Animation Department
Roland Crandall .... animator
Seymour Kneitel .... animator
William Henning .... animator (uncredited)
Music Department
Manny Baer .... conductor (uncredited)
Lou Fleischer .... musical director (uncredited)
Sammy Timberg .... composer: incidental music (uncredited)
Other crew
Max Fleischer .... presenter
Crew believed to be complete

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7 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Popeye's appearance is based on that of a fighter named Francis "Rocky" Fiegel whom his creator, Elzie Segar, used to know. Because of this, a tombstone was put on his hitherto unmarked grave in 1996. Segar paid Fiegel a small fee for the use of his likeness, as he was still alive when Popeye first appeared.See more »
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Referenced in The Green Hornet (2011)See more »
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POPEYE THE SAILOR {Short} (Dave Fleischer and, uncredited, Seymour Kneitel, 1933) **1/2, 11 January 2014
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

Despite a brief (semi-nude!) appearance by Betty Boop as an exotic dancer at a fair, this cartoon by the Fleischer brothers introduced us to the popular figures of Popeye, Olive Oyl and Bluto – who would naturally take off in a long-running series of their own and basically eclipsed the career of the studio's afore-mentioned star attraction! It is interesting to note, at this juncture, that the essence – with respect to characterization, gag type and plot structure (not to mention, the equally iconic theme tune!) – was there from the outset. That said, while I admit to having sat through many of these during my childhood, much like the live-action stuff of The Three Stooges which yours truly sampled again a few years back (let alone their strictly kiddie-oriented animated fare!), I seem to have irrevocably outgrown this particular brand of comedy and now approach it with an inevitable measured step…

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