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Release Date:
14 July 1933 (USA) See more »
Plot:
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: Learn Polikeness"
 (From SneakPeek. 29 January 2014, 5:50 PM, PST)

Jules Feiffer Sails With Idw's "Popeye" - April 2012
 (From SneakPeek. 19 January 2012, 1:45 PM, PST)

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Cast

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

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Trivia:
Popeye's theme song was never intended to be used in any movie. It was a quick sketch done by Sam Lerner to show Dave Fleisher how the song he intended to write could go. Instead, Fleischer snatched up the song, paid him for it, and used it in the completed musical.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Volere volare (1991)See more »
Soundtrack:
Strike Up the Band for Popeye the SailorSee more »

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
From Comic Strip To The Big Screen, 3 September 2007
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

Wow, it's interesting to see how different this first Popeye cartoon was from all the others we are used to seeing. Right off the in the introduction, other - not Popeye - is singing a "Strike Up the Band" song. Actually, we find out it's a "Betty Boop" as Betty joins in the singing, with a similar lyric about it "being a cinch that every inch he's a sailor."

Popeye came from the comic strips, so the first thing we see when the story begins in a newspaper headline reading, "Popeye A Movie Star," meaning the audience will now see him at the movie theater. (There was no television back then.)

Anyway, just watching the first few minutes of this cartoon produced a big smile on my face. It's tough to beat these clever, funny 1930s Popeye cartoons. The combination of sight gags and music - they loved music in cartoons and movies back in the '30s - is guaranteed to make you feel good after watching.

Popeye demonstrates his strength, dexterity and resourcefulness in his screen debut and it's quickly established Bluto is the enemy and wants Olive. That storyline went on for decades but was always fun to see as the sailor man bested the bearded bully time after time.

Betty only has a small number in here, so even if the cartoon is under name, it's really Popeye's. Betty does a quick Hawaiian dance which she did in several other cartoons before they made her put more clothes on by the end of 1934.

The only thing different was Bonnie Poe doing some voice work as Olive. Her voice was a lot lower than Mae Questel's who did Olive for most, if not all, of the other cartoons. Mae also did Betty Boop, and my guess is they didn't want the same voice for both characters in the same cartoon.

Also, Popeye's answer to everything was a punch, destroying whatever he hit....even a train! He's always ready to show his stuff, but a little more so than normal in this debut cartoon. This guy was punching everybody and everything, and so was Olive! In later cartoons, Popeye entertained us more with his clever remarks and reinventing of words. However, you can see from this early cartoon that it's no surprise this comic strip character made it big "in the movies."

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