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Here are more of the Famous Studios' Popeye cartoons rated by me!


 

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THE CARTOONS

For a listing of all the cartoons, click on the following list names: 
Alphabetical
By year
By category


  

Bilge Water - The Worst

In Alphabetic Order: 
(Cartoons appear by year in the next section.)

A Job For A Gob (1955)
Baby Wants A Battle (1953)
Barking Dogs Don't Fite (1949)
Big Bad Sinbad (1952)
Bride And Gloom (1954)
Cookin' With Gags (1955) 
Gift Of Gag (1955)
Gopher Spinach (1954)
Happy Birthdaze (1943)
Hillbilling And Cooing (1956)
Marry-Go-Round (1943)
Moving Aweigh (1944)
Patriotic Popeye (1957)
Pilgrim Popeye (1951)
Popeye For President (1956)
Popeye's Pappy (1952)
Popeye's Mirthday (1953)
Shuteye Popeye (1952)
The Fly's Last Flight (1949)
Woodpeckin' (1943)


 

BILGE WATER - 
THE WORST

 

Happy Birthdaze (1943)

This cartoon introduces Shorty, a dud character if there ever was one.  Instead of facing Bluto or formidable foes, Popeye is done in by his bumbling, obnoxious friend.  Not what I tune into a Popeye cartoon to see.  And our hero actually resorts to murder at the end of the picture!

Woodpeckin' (1943)

Popeye versus a woodpecker in a cartoon totally indistinguishable from a hundred other "funny animal versus the hunter" cartoons from other studios.  And the other studios did it better.

Marry-Go-Round (1943)

Shorty's back.  'Nuff said.  This time he tries to show Popeye how to propose to Olive and she winds up falling (for some completely unfathomable reason) for Shorty.



Moving Aweigh (1944)

Shorty again!  Thankfully it's his last appearance.  He "helps" Popeye move Olive.

Barking Dogs Don't Fite (1949)

Mostly a "small animal gets chased by a large animal" cartoon with Popeye and Bluto thrown in.

The Fly's Last Flight (1949)

A fly beats up Popeye and drives him crazy.  Some hero!

Pilgrim Popeye (1951)

A thanksgiving turkey saves Popeye from Indians in this turkey of a film.

Popeye's Pappy (1952)

Popeye discovers his long-lost father.  Vastly inferior to the Fleischer version of the story.  WARNING: Contains racial stereotypes.

Shuteye Popeye (1952)

This time a mouse eats the spinach and beats up Popeye.  It's bad enough that Mickey Mouse gets all the press, but this?


Big Bad Sinbad (1952)

Just another "cheater" cartoon that uses footage from the Fleischer two-reeler.  The new framing sequences add absolutely nothing.  Yes, the Fleischer stuff is great, but his time the Famous Studios' stuff stinks.

Popeye's Mirthday (1953)

Popeye at the mercy of his nephews as they try to keep him out of the house until his surprise party is ready.  It sounds a lot funnier than it is.

Baby Wants A Battle (1953)

A sick cartoon that uses cruelty to children (even cartoon children) and child abuse for "humor."  It's a flashback to when Popeye and Bluto were infants.  Bluto's father encourages him to pick on Popeye in violent ways and stops Popeye's Pappy from trying to save him.  At least we see where Bluto gets it from.  However, this must be apocryphal, because the Poopdeck Pappy we all know from the comic strip and the Fleischer cartoons wouldn't have put up with the Bluto Family's garbage for more than two seconds and he could have done something about it!!

Bride And Gloom (1954)

Another sick cartoon that thinks children physically terrorizing their mother is funny.  Granted it's just Olive dreaming of what life would be like married to Popeye, but still...



Gopher Spinach (1954)

Another cartoon where Popeye is pitted against a "funny animal."

Cookin' With Gags (1955)

Olive spends the whole cartoon out of character, joining in with Bluto as he laughs uproariously over the painful, cruel, and humiliating April Fool tricks he plays on Popeye. 







If Popeye tries to object or retaliate in any way, Olive chastises him.  It seems, though, that Bluto can do whatever he wants.


Gift Of Gag (1955)

Both Popeye and his nephews are unsympathetic jerks in this cartoon as the little pests try to keep Popeye's surprise birthday present away from him.


A Job For A Gob (1955)






Bluto turns into a psychotic pyromaniac at the end of this cartoon, doing his dirty work for no real goal.  He's already lost cowgirl Olive and the job on her ranch.  There's nothing to gain by destroying the spread in full view of Popeye and Olive Oyl.  Maybe this cartoon means to explore the truly irrational depths of his dark soul, but it sure is unpleasant to watch.  (For a further review of this cartoon, click on the name.)

Hillbilling And Cooing (1956)

An attempt at role reversal which leaves you wondering, "Why?"  The Fleischers' did a great job of it in "Never Kick A Woman,"  But here, in an unfunny cartoon, a big, backwoods, bully of a woman wants Popeye and Olive has to stop her.  There's something disquieting about seeing our superhero Popeye helplessly pushed around by Possum Pearl.

Popeye For President (1956)

Despite the title, this cartoon mainly deals with Popeye and Bluto competing to do the chores at Olive's farm so they can get her vote. 









Ho-hum.  We've seen it all before.  Why couldn't the creators have given us a look inside Popeye's mind and how he would deal with the country's problems, like they did with Olive Oyl in the great cartoon "Olive Oyl For President" (1948)?

Patriotic Popeye (1957)

The Sailor comes across as a fussbudget killjoy and the nephews as dangerous, dumb, little brats in this tale of them trying to shoot off fireworks despite their uncle's protests.


 
 
 

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