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Popeye's Paramount/Famous Studios' cartoons were always my favorites while I was growing up.  This web page primarily deals with them, though other aspects of the sailor's long career are touched on.   I was practically weaned on Popeye cartoons, being born at about the time they were sold in syndication to TV stations across the country.  Certain scenes, musical scores, lines, and plots are firmly embedded in my mind and the best of the cartoons are still entertaining when viewed today.

 

Dec. 8, 2009 - Happy 115th Birthday, Elzie!

 

 

Page last updated on 12-09-2009. 

 

See the following sites for more birthday wishes and interesting short articles about Popeye and E.C. Segar, his creator:

ew.com (by Ken Tucker)

guardian.co.uk (by Adam Gabbatt)

csmonitor.com (by Chris Gaylord)

 

Then come back here and enjoy browsing!

 

 

STRONGER THAN SPINACH: THE SECRET APPEAL

OF THE FAMOUS STUDIOS POPEYE CARTOONS

By Steve R. Bierly

 

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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who grew up watching the Famous Studios films have found that the films grew up with them because these cartoons were originally made to entertain adult movie-going audiences, before they were sold to TV and broadcast as kiddie fare.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!

 

Published by:

BEAR MANOR MEDIA

 

Available at amazon.com

 

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!”

 

 

 

 

 

 
 


Popeye's Choices
(Some choices will make you load other pages,
but don't worry.  They are all fairly small.)

 

THE CARTOONS - Listings and ratings of the cartoons

Popeye Book Reviews

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OLIVE OYL PAGE - Takes you to the menu page that  links to lots of my Olive Oyl pages

FAN ALERT-Stuff Popeye fans should be aware of

POPEYE LINKS - Links to My Favorite Popeye Sites

ESSAYS - Spiritual, moral, and life lessons from the cartoons

Popeye's POP QUIZ - Test your knowledge of the toons.

FAQ????- What most visitors to the site want to know about Popeye And Company.

FAN FICTION - Stories written by Steve Bierly

Discuss the Cartoons featuring Olive Oyl in a Yahoo Group format!

LISTS - Lots of lists focusing on various aspects of the cartoons.

THE OTHER POPEYES - Comments on Popeye's other incarnations

Rewind With Popeye - Several cartoons discussed/reviewed in depth.  More added regularly.

POPEYE
BLOOPERS!!!-
Ones I saw, plus yours!

THANKS!!! To all who helped make this site a success!

The Armed Forces Speak!!

sex, popeyes, and video tape - An article discussing the influence the toons had on many baby boomers

THE BLUTO BOOSTERS PAGE - Bluto is the greatest villain of all time!  Takes you to the menu page that links you to lots of my Bluto pages!

FIRST IMPRESSIONS-My 14 year old son's comments on his first viewing of the Popeye cartoons

Popeye Sightings - Sometimes the Sailorman turns up in the most unexpected places!

Popeye: The Lost Episode - Details on the Famous Studios cartoon that never was.

 

The KFS Cartoons Reviews and descriptions of many of the toons I've seen recently


 

Essays about Popeye
and his mates include:

Essays Part I:

It's His Cartoon, After All !!!

The Resurrection Factor

The Bigger They Are, The Easier They Fall

I'm Strong To The Finish 'Cause I Eats Me Spinach

The Long Shadow Of Segar

A Tale Of Two Redheads
 

Essays Part II:

The Faith Of Olive Oyl

"I Yam What I Yam" And The Great "I AM"

Of Popeye, Political Correctness, Prof. Traver, And Poetic Justice

A Child Shall Lead (And Occasionally Bleed) Him

Spinach, Spinach Everywhere!

Sir Popeye?

Essays Part III:

 I Yam Popeye The Sailor Man

A Rabbit Punch

Olive And The Bad Boys

The Magic Green Veggie
 


 
 

"Well, blow me down!  The BLUTO BOOSTERS PAGE is here!!!!!


 
 
 
 
 
 

MY FAVORITE POPEYE LINKS


 
 

 

THE OFFICIAL 
POPEYE FANCLUB

I'm a member. Why not join, too? You'll be an expert on Popeye lore in no time and commune with fellow fans from around the world! 

I write a column for their news-magazine, too! 

 

My Olive Yahoo Group

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

Roadside America site

See a statue of Popeye.

Chester, Illinois

The Chester, Illinois site (birthplace of Popeye)

The Rough House

Imaginative, informative, and entertaining site. Also has an on-line forum!

The Unofficial Popeye Page

Has a section called, "The Much Deserved Olive Oyl Page" with info on Ms. Oyl, who actually pre-dates Popeye as a character in Thimble Theater.

King Features Syndicate

See the comic strip of today.

Spinach Can Collectibles

One Stop Popeye Shop!

I Love Spinach!

This would be Popeye's favorite site, featuring spinach recipies and info about the green vegetable.

Thimble Theatre Homepage

A great fan site dedicated to Segar's work and the early Fleischer cartoons.

Al Eugster - Cartoon Animator

A site with interesting material on Al and other Famous Studios' craftsmen.

Go vote for Olive Oyl, Popeye, Bluto, or other characters that caught your imagination! 
Site Rated PG

Cartoon Research

Top animation historian Jerry Beck keeps you up-to-date on cartoon news and answers your questions about the classics.

The Big Cartoon Data Base

Rate and review Popeye cartoons.

The Internet Movie Data Base

Rate and review Popeye cartoons.

LikeTelevision

Watch public domain Famous Studios' cartoons online.

 

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 

THANKS

My thanks to my wife without whom these pages wouldn't be possible.

And to The Official Popeye Fanclub co-founders, Mike Brooks and Fred Grandinetti, fellow club members Chuck Anders, Donnie Pitchford, and Tim Hollis (Donnie and Tim are also officers in The National Lum And Abner Society, dedicated to the old-time radio show and to good, clean fun in general), and fellow member and loyal pen pal Richard Ranke, along with Neil Tenczar (who provided a bunch of of the pictures), John Bohnsack, Phillip Johnstone, "Uncle Wayne," dchrisner, Harold Nichols, Kevin Crowley (he provided some great pics too!), "wogggly", Sparki, and Paul Forest for information used in this and the Olive Oyl and Bluto sections. They eats their spinach!

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