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Little Swee'pea (1936)

Popeye takes Swee' Pea to the zoo and spends most of his time rescuing the tot from the various animals.

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Dave Fleischer, Seymour Kneitel (uncredited)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Jack Mercer ... Popeye (voice) (uncredited)
Mae Questel ... Olive Oyl / Swee' Pea (voice) (uncredited)
Gus Wickie Gus Wickie ... Crocodile - Elephant - Hippo (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Popeye takes Swee' Pea to the zoo and spends most of his time rescuing the tot from the various animals.

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Certificate:

Approved
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Popeye the Sailor with Little Swee' Pea See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fleischer Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This cartoon makes use of Fleischer's Tabletop process, which animates the cells vertically between set pieces, in this case a model of the city street, in order to create the feeling of depth. The whole effect is lost in the color version, as the backgrounds is a flat redraw. See more »

Quotes

Popeye: [singing] There's no ifs, ans or maybes / I'll never have babies / I'm Popeye the Sailor Man!
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Remade as Baby Wants Spinach (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Popeye the Sailor Man
(uncredited)
Written by Samuel Lerner
Played during the opening credits
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The animation is better than the gags.

This is basically a 'Baby Herman' movie: a baby keeps obliviously wandering into perilous situations, and then just as obliviously wandering out of them again ... while the frantic guardian, all too aware of the danger, keeps getting hurt. But at least this cartoon gives Popeye a change from his usual formula of trading punches with Bluto or some other menace.

Is Swee'Pea meant to be Olive Oyl's nephew, or is he her illegitimate son? Whatever he is, Olive dumps him on Popeye for the day. Popeye dumps Swee'Pea into the pram, and heads for the zoo. There's some nice multiplane animation during the trip to the zoo, and the sequence with the cartoon elephant seems to contain some rotoscoped footage of a live-action elephant.

Most of the gags are quite obvious. At one point, Swee'Pea rides bareback astride a leopard while the soundtrack plays 'Hold that Tiger'. Given that choice of music, why didn't the animators put Swee'Pea on a tiger instead of a leopard? I suspected that there was some gag coming up involving the leopard's spots, which wouldn't work as well with a tiger's stripes. Sure enough.

I dislike movies about babies, and I like cartoon babies even less. Popeye is funnier without Swee'Pea, and it's unfortunate that Olive's role in this toon is so brief that it gives her nothing to do. More for the impressive animation than anything else, I'll rate this 6 out of 10. The Fleischer Studio's cartoons were released through Paramount. After they lost Fleischer, the cartoons produced by Paramount's in-studio animation unit were consistently the worst animation output by any major Hollywood studio. Even the worst Fleischer Popeye cartoon is far better than any of the post-Fleischer Popeyes.


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