Pastor Steve's Popeye Page





By Steve R. Bierly




Until now, the Famous Studios Popeye cartoons have never really been given a fair treatment by animation writers and historians. Authors have concentrated on the earliest Popeye cartoons from Fleischer Studios because those films broke new ground in technique and humor, and on the made-for-TV cartoons of the 1960s because many of them are so awful. The Famous Studios cartoons are often just mentioned in passing.


But from 1942-1957, Famous Studios, a division of Paramount Pictures, produced Popeye cartoons that have a fan-following to this day. These cartoons were shown on TV during the Baby Boomers' formative years and continue to be shown on cable and satellite channels today. In fact, they are the longest running cartoons in television syndication.


Many of the kids through the years who grew up watching the Famous Studios films have found that the films grew up with them because these cartoons were originally made to entertain adult movie-going audiences, before they were sold to TV and broadcast as kiddie fare. So, they contain adult themes, humor that uses verbal and visual double entendres, and mature sensibilities. They also, of course, are full of slapstick and are just plain fun. So, unlike some childhood joys that are left behind, the pleasure of the Famous Studios Popeye cartoons gets even stronger the older one gets.


The Secret Appeal of the Famous Studios Popeye Cartoons explores the reasons for that. It sets Famous Studios in historical context and explains why the creators working there made the films they did. Then the changes the creators made to the three main characters - Popeye, Olive Oyl, and Bluto are examined, along with Famous Studios' emphasis on sex and romance, tension and suspense and violence, and moral confusion - it's often hard to know who to root for in the cartoons, Popeye or Bluto! Amid the puns and the slapstick, there was a lot more going on. And it's the "more" which makes the films endlessly fascinating.


Eleven cartoons are explained in depth, and then all the Famous Studios cartoons are scanned to uncover the magic elements they each contain. The The Secret Appeal of the Famous Studios Popeye Cartoons ends by exploring the ways the films could have influenced other cartoons, comic books, and even feature length movies.


The Secret Appeal of the Famous Studios Popeye Cartoons is a must read for anyone who has ever enjoyed Popeye cartoons and/or is interested in the character's history. And, perhaps even more importantly, it's a lot of fun, too!


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Pre-release comments include:


   “an interesting read”


    “lots of fun”


    “sexy, nostalgic, funny, and even shocking at times”


    “reminds me of the days when Popeye cartoons were beamed

into our living rooms as we were growing up and the ways they

used to make us feel”


     “great pictures!”








Bluto's Booster Page

The Famous Studios' Bluto (and those bad guys who shared his spirit) is the greatest cartoon villain of all time!! 

What other cartoon villain has played so many different parts (Hercules, Sinbad, Tarzan, etc.)?  What other villain could be used as a very serious romantic rival for the hero, and as a bank robber, and as just a plain nasty bully, and as a sci-fi threat?  NO OTHER BAD GUY!  Bluto is versatile! 

And he's both a physical threat with his super strength and a cunning schemer.  Yes, he can punch out Popeye, but he can also frame the Sailorman and use psychology to trick Popeye and Olive.  And with the well-oiled charm of a snake, he can easily work his way into Olive's heart.

And, as with all truly great villains, (like the Silver Age Lex Luthor or Marvel's Doctor Doom), you can often see things from his perspective and sympathize with him.  In fact, were it not for the character flaws of impatience and a violent temper, Bluto actually could have won in many of the cartoons!  It's quite easy to start rooting for him.

Click on pictures to learn more about the greatest cartoon villain of all time (and those in the Popeye cartoons that were like him)!!!!


Popeye's Worst Nightmare

Bluto is a very competent villain!  Something to be proud of???

Click on Bluto!

The Other Blutoes

Fleischer, KFS, etc. versions

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Handsome Samson

Bluto's fatal flaws.

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Why Bluto Is An Idiot

Equal time for Popeye fans.

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Pop Quiz

Test your knowledge of evil.

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Bluto, My Role-Model

I suppose a Pastor shouldn't admit this!!!

Click on Bluto!

Were The Creators On Bluto's Side?

Examining music and frames of the cartoons.  Also, Fun With Slo-Mo!

Click on Bluto!

Bluto's List Page

Lists featuring Bluto and others from the Famous Studios' cartoons.

Click on Bluto!







Updated 11-21-2009. 


 There's lots of other stuff on my site too, like:

Popeye Page

Go check out the "opposition." 

Click on Popeye!

Olive Oyl Page

Will bring out the animated wolf within you.

Click on Olive!

sex, popeyes, and videotape

An article expanding on some of the thoughts here.

Click on Olive!

E-mail me 

Say, "Howdy!"

Click on Popeye!
BUT check out FAQ's for him first please!


My Home Page.  Links to Buffy, Comic Book, Star Trek, Movie Reviews, and other pages about and by me.

Click on Enterprise!






My home page with links to my  Buffy, Popeye,  TV/Movies, Beliefs, and other pages.


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The Bluto Booster Page

All the aspects of Bluto I could think of are discussed on various Bluto pages.  Go here for a complete listing.

Oodles Of Olive Oyl

As the title says, lots about Olive Oyl.  You can choose from a number of titles to link to many other of my pages about this lovely  lady.


My Popeye Page.  Lots of links to my pages about the King Of Spinach.

My Olive Yahoo Group

Discuss the Famous Studios and KFS cartoons featuring Olive Oyl with other fans .


This page was created using Corel Word Perfect Suite 8 and Netscape Navigator Composer and Microsoft Word. All characters and images are legal properties of their respective companies and are used here without permission for entertainment, review, and informational purposes only. All other material is copyright 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 by Steve R. Bierly.