1948-49/ 1.33:1 / 121 min.
Starring Jack Mercer, Mae Questel, Jackson Beck
Directed by Izzy Sparber
E. C. Segar’s Popeye made his newspaper debut in 1929 and his first animated appearance in 1933 with Max Fleischer’s Popeye the Sailor. By the time he reached Famous Studios a decade later the ornery bar-fighter had become respectable – safely homogenized for the delicate sensibilities of an audience that existed only for over-cautious suits in the front office.
None of that should stop Popeye fans and animation completists from scooping up Popeye the Sailor: The 1940s – Volume 3, Warner Archive’s third and final round-up of Popeye’s post-war adventures. The glossy veneer of these brightly colored cartoons was tailor made for high def scrutiny.
The set opens with one of the studio’s most memorable productions, the schizoid feminist fantasy, Olive Oyl for President. What at