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Patriotic Popeye (1957)

Approved | | Animation, Short, Comedy | 10 May 1957 (USA)
Popeye is enjoying watering his patriotic garden on July 4 when he catches his nephews attempting to light fireworks. The game is on when he attempts to confiscate the fireworks and the ... See full summary »

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Jack Mercer ...
Popeye (voice) (uncredited)
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Popeye is enjoying watering his patriotic garden on July 4 when he catches his nephews attempting to light fireworks. The game is on when he attempts to confiscate the fireworks and the boys strike back with edgy pranks. No Pluto/Olive Oyl. Written by calcaylor

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10 May 1957 (USA)  »

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Isänmaan ystävä  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Jack Mercer does Popeye's voice as usual except for one second around the three-minute mark when Jackson Beck takes over for a yell. See more »

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Fair but a bit too responsible for my taste!
19 October 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a very late Popeye cartoon--done long after the Fleischer era at Paramount was gone. Because of that, the cartoon is different in two main ways--it is in color but, being from the late 50s, it features extremely simple backgrounds--something all the studios began to do to save money and because UPA was so successful after they pioneered the use of crappy animation. While this certainly is not a pretty Popeye cartoon, it is better quality animation than the average short cartoon of the day.

The story begins with two of Popeye's nephews* trying to play with dangerous fireworks for the 4th of July. However, Popeye isn't about to let them and spends much of the cartoon nearly getting killed by these little juvenile delinquents. However, after nearly killing themselves, the film ends with the two kids now enjoying very safe (albeit very LAME) fun without the fireworks.

This cartoon, to me, seemed a bit preachy and very socially responsible. Hence, I hated it.

*By the way, in earlier cartoons, Popeye had FOUR nephews (Peepeye, Pipeye, Poopeye and Pupeye) but there are inexplicably only two here. My guess is that the others had already blown themselves up with the fireworks or, more likely, the studio eliminated two in order to make the cartoon simpler to animate and thus save a few bucks.


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