Popeye is abducted by Martians who conduct a series of hideous experiments on him, but thanks to his copious spinach supply (4 cans), all the experiments fail.
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One of two Paramount cartoons filmed in 3-D (the other was Boo Moon
(1954). See more
The opening credits are slightly different from the usual credits of the Famous Studios Popeye cartoons (with the inclusion of "A Stereotoon"). Also, animated clouds are seen drifting to the right from the bottom. At the end, after Popeye sings "I'm Popeye the Sailor Man" and makes his trademark tooting sound with his pipe, the smoke from his pipe begins to take shape while the rest of the picture fades out and becomes the mountain and stars for the Paramount logo (sans the "A Paramount Picture" text). The smoke (from Popeye's pipe) then morphs into the text for "A Paramount Picture." See more
Original theatrical version was in 3-D, whereas regular TV versions feature it without the 3-D effect. In the original opening credits, under the "Paramount Presents: Popeye The Sailor" title card (which, this time, fades in a second after Popeye's head-on-a-star fades out) reads "A Stereotoon" (right over "Color by Technicolor"). The shadowy texture around the titles (like in the other Famous Studios Popeye cartoons) is conspicuously absent, also notable in the Famous Studios credit (which also fades in a second after said title card fades out). Also notable are clouds at the bottom drifting to the right. Note that in non-3-D versions of the print, the said logos and texts are slightly shifted to the left from the Paramount mountain/stars (because of the 3-D effect). The opening and closing credits were replaced in subsequent TV versions with either the standard Paramount opening credits and/or Associated Artist Productions (AAP) logos, respectively. However, on December 23, 2001, the short in its integrity (sans the 3-D effects) premiered on Cartoon Network's POPEYE SHOW. The original opening credits and ending (where Popeye's pipe smoke morphs into the Paramount logo) were restored. See more