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Popeye the Sailor (1933)

Popeye begins his movie career by singing his theme song, demonstrating his strength at a carnival, dancing the hula with Betty Boop, pummeling Bluto, eating his spinach and saving Olive Oyl from certain doom on the railroad tracks.

Directors:

Dave Fleischer, Seymour Kneitel (uncredited)

Writer:

E.C. Segar (as Segar)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
William Costello William Costello ... Popeye (voice) (uncredited)
William Pennell William Pennell ... Bluto (voice) (uncredited)
Bonnie Poe Bonnie Poe ... Olive Oyl / Betty Boop (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Popeye introduces himself to us (including a quick live-action shot of newspapers announcing that he's a movie star). The ship docks, and the sailors try to pick up Olive, but she only wants Popeye. They head for a carnival, but Bluto isn't giving up easily. The boys compete at the various games. Betty Boop does a hula dance, and Popeye joins her on stage. Meanwhile, Bluto runs off with Olive and ties her to the tracks. Popeye comes along and rescues her in the nick of time. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 July 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Popeye the Sailor with Betty Boop 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

One of a number of Popeye shorts which were sent off to Asia in the 80's to undergo the infamous redraw and colorization process. See more »

Goofs

When Betty Boop is dancing at the carnival, she goes from being in front of one poster to the next without even moving to the side. See more »

Connections

References Betty Boop's Bamboo Isle (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Strike Up the Band (Here Comes a Sailor)
(uncredited)
Music by Chas. B. Ward
Lyrics by Andrew B. Sterling
Performed by William Pennell and Bonnie Poe as "Strike Up the Band for Popeye the Sailor"
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"Popeye's a Movie Star!"
2 December 2009 | by ja_kitty_71See all my reviews

I had always wonder when Popeye started his animated career, until I've watched this cartoon online. I found out that this short was intended as a test cartoon to see if Popeye could work as an animated character, he was originally a character from a comic strip by a guy named E.C. Segar. This short combines my two favorite Fleischer characters coming together - Betty Boop and Popeye the Sailor. Even though Betty's appearance is more of a cameo then an full-time character in the short.

The one thing that bother me about is cartoon, is Olive's voice, I didn't really like it. I really prefer Mae Questel's take on Olive, but I got to bear with what they got. My favorite scene is when Betty & Popeye do the hula on stage.


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