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Warner Archives to Release TV Popeye Cartoon Collection

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by Jerry Beck
April 18, 2013 12:05 PM
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Calling all Baby-Boomers! Your past is catching up with you! 

Warner Archives is releasing Vol. 1 of Popeye: The 1960's Animated Classics Collection (1960). These are not the Fleischer classics from the 1930s (Thankfully those were released years ago - and still available on three must-have volumes). These are the TV cartoons rushed out by King Features to cash in on the popularity of the old cartoons being re-run (to tremendous ratings) back in the late 50s/early 60s. 

According to the Warner Archive press release:

King Features commissioned a new series of Sailor Man shorts under the aegis of executive producer Al Brodax. The TV incarnation of Popeye made up for its scaled-back animation with a broadened narrative scope and scale while still staying true to the source, thanks to the continued use of voice actors Jack Mercer (Popeye), Mae Questel (Olive) and Jackson Beck (now called Brutus) as well as the use of veteran Popeye animation talents then working at Paramount Cartoon Studios. Adding to the "I yam what I yam" authenticity is the addition of a number of Thimble Theater comic strip characters making their cartoon debuts - including King Blozo, Toar and Sea Hag!

King Features hired several studios, in several countries, to create 210 five-minute episodes in record time. This disc collects specifically the 63 cartoons produced by the original animation artists of Fleischer and Famous,  then employed by Paramount's in-house studio (titles listed below). The set is filled out with a bonus group of TV Popeye cartoons produced by Jay Ward animator Gerald Ray. Future volumes will collect the cartoons from the satellite studios (by Gene Deitch, Halas and Batchelor, Jack Kinney, Larry Harmon). This first collection will be available directly through Warner Archives online, on May 7th for $29.95. 


Here's an example of the cartoons - the first one in the series:
 

All 72 titles included in Vol. 1 are:

Disc 1

Hits and Missiles

The Ghost Host

Strikes, Spares An' Spinach

Jeep Is Jeep

The Spinach Scholar

Psychiatricks

Rags to Riches to Rags

Hair Cut-ups

Poppa Popeye

Quick Change Ollie

The Valley of the Goons

Me Quest for Poopdeck Pappy

Mopey Hick

Mirror Magic

It Only Hurts When They Laughs

Wimpy the Moocher

Voo-Doo to You Too

Popeye Goes Sale-ing

Popeye's Travel

Incident at Missile City

Dog Catcher Popeye

What's News

Spinach Greetings

The Baby Contest

Oil's Well That Ends Well

Motor Knocks

Abusement Park

Duel to the Finish

Gem Jam

Bathing Beasts

The Rain Breaker

Messin' Up the Mississippi

Love Birds

Sea Serpent

Boardering on Trouble

Aladdin's Lamp

Disc 2

Butler Up

The Leprechaun

County Fair

Hamburgers Aweigh

Popeye's Double Trouble

Kiddie Kapers

The Mark of Zero

Myskery Melody

Scairdy Cat

Operation Ice-Tickle

The Cure

William Won't Tell

Pop Goes the Whistle

Autographically Yours

A Poil for Olive Oyl

My Fair Olive

Giddy Gold

Strange Things Are Happening

The Medicine Man

A Mite of Trouble

Who's Kiddin' Zoo

Robot Popeye

Sneaking Peeking

Seer-Ring Is Believering

The Wiffle Bird's Revenge

Going...Boing...Gone

Popeye Thumb

Where There's a Will

Take It Easel

I Bin Sculped

Fleas a Crowd

Popeye's Junior Headache

The Big Sneeze

The Last Resort

Jeopardy Sheriff

Baby Phase

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11 Comments

  • Brenton Clark | May 10, 2013 8:30 PMReply

    I will get the volumes. Most of the Gene Deitch and the Gerald Ray ones are pretty entertaining. So are the Larry Harmon ones. My favorites are the Paramount ones, however I could pass with the Jack Kinney ones. The Jack Kinney ones are very plain and boring, especially the "Fairy Tale" ones.

  • Brenton Clark | April 20, 2013 6:43 PMReply

    I can't wait for the release. I wasn't really that satisfied with the Koch release in 2004.

  • Craig D | April 20, 2013 2:06 PMReply

    If "Hits and Missles" is the fisrt in the series, does that make "Barbecue for Two" the pilot?

  • Russell H | April 19, 2013 1:04 PMReply

    What I find so frustrating about so many of these cartoons is, they actually used a lot of the original Segar comic-strip characters, like Rough House and the Sea Hag, the writing and voice-work were usually good, but the animation was just so wildly uneven.

  • Nic Kramer | April 19, 2013 1:47 PM

    To be fair, I'm not so crazy of Paramount's decision of switching to a limited animation style shortly after the theatrical Popeye series ended. I mean Baby Huey looks so off-model in that style.

  • Mark Kausler | April 18, 2013 6:33 PMReply

    In a world in which the Keystone XL Pipeline could be OKed to be built any moment, and the Congress can't even pass a weak bill to require a few background checks to buy a handgun, Warner Bros. puts out the TV Popeyes! After all this time, still no Famous Studios Popeye color cartoons, but plenty of KFS junk. THAT's the kind of world we live in.

  • NameNic Kramer | April 18, 2013 6:40 PM

    Mark, in case you didn't notice the updates on Jerry's old FAQ page, the Famous cartoons will be out next year (to tie-in Genndy's film).

  • Fred Grandinetti | April 18, 2013 6:02 PMReply

    Very happy they are putting out the best of the bunch but I don't think we need future volumes of a lot of the Jack Kinney stuff. Avoid the likes of Popeye and The Giant, Timber Toppers, Popeye the Fireman, Old Salt Tale, Invisible Popeye, etc., I don't mind most of the Larry Harmons or Gene Deitch cartoons.

  • Matt | April 18, 2013 2:58 PMReply

    Jerry, do you know what kind of restoration has been done for these, if any?

  • Nic Kramer | April 18, 2013 1:25 PMReply

    I thought the Paramount and Ray shorts were the best of the TV shorts and wouldn't mind getting them. It's the Kinney shorts (and most of the others) that were the problem.

  • Name Gene L. | April 18, 2013 1:11 PMReply

    Your Comment After growing up watching the original Popeye cartoons of the 30's and 40's on TV...my initial reaction in the 60's ( and everlasting reaction ) to Big Al Brodax's product was - these cartoons suck ! - I wouldn't want them for free - they are an insult to the real Popeye cartoons.

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