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Big Bad Sindbad (1952)

Approved  |   |  Animation, Comedy, Short  |  12 December 1952 (USA)
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Popeye tells his nephews about the time he walloped Sinbad, the *second* greatest sailor who ever lived.


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Jackson Beck ...
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Popeye's nephews are touring a museum of nautical history (only three of them, for some reason). They come to a statue of Sindbad, the world's greatest sailor, and ask Popeye to explain, since *he* is supposed to be the world's greatest sailor. He explains by telling the story of the time he met Sindbad, as seen in part of the earlier short Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor (1936). Inspired by his tale, the nephews adjust the statue. Written by Jon Reeves <>

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12 December 1952 (USA)  »

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Iso, paha Sindbad  »

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(RCA Sound System)



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1.37 : 1
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[first lines]
Popeye: If you kids wants to be sailors like your Uncle Popeye, you'll has to loin about them.
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Edited from Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor (1936) See more »

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A most unusual "cheater", indeed!
18 December 2002 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

"Cheaters", cartoons that use stock footage and clips from previous cartoons to form the bulk of a "new" cartoon, usually with new footage as a framing device to incorporate the re-used clips, are not all that unusual. What makes this one of the strangest compilation cartoons is the fact that Paramount Famous Studios uses clips from Popeye Meets Sinbad the Sailor, which was made by Fleischer Studios (!) in 1936! Fleischer Studios made three color Popeye two-reel "Specials" in the mid-to-late 1930s. Paramount Famous Studios made three "cheaters" using footage from those three Fleischer shorts. The truly sad thing is, using the older footage makes it crystal clear how much better the old Fleischers were in terms of animations, backgrounds and plotting compared to the 1950s Paramount Famous Studios product. To be fair, cost had a lot to do with the disparity-it was a lot more expensive in the 1950s to make cartoons. But mostly, the 1950s Popeyes were remakes of old Fleischer shorts done in color with a few changes. Here, the framing footage is nice, but 75% of the cartoon is older material and they re-looped some of the dialogue and changed it, losing some of the charm. This is the saddest of the cheaters, because Sinbad was the best of the two-reel Specials. Big Bad Sinbad isn't that bad a cartoon, actually. It simply isn't that good, either. For completeists only, or people who just like Popeye, period.

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