Not available for years, Popeye the Sailor: The 1940’s, Volume 1 collects the spinach-eating, pipe chomping sailor’s first fourteen Technicolor animated shorts, making them available for the first time ever on home video; complete not always politically correct, and full of humor.
The 14 shorts in this set are as follows:
Her Honor, The Mare directed by I. Sparber
The Merry-Go-Round directed by Seymour Kneitel
We’re On Our Way To Rio directed by I. Sparber
The Anvil Chorus Girl directed by I. Sparber
Spinach Packin’ Popeye directed by I. Sparber
Puppet Love directed by I. Sparber
Pitchin’ Woo At The Zoo directed by I. Sparber
Moving Aweigh – No director credited
She-Sick Sailors directed by Seymour Kneitel
Pop-Pie A La Mode directed by I. Sparber
Tops In The Big Top directed by I. Sparber
Shape Ahoy directed by I. Sparber
For Better Or Nurse directed by I. Sparber
Mess Production directed by Seymour Kneitel
The voice cast included Jack Mercer as Popeye, Jackson Beck as Bluto, and Mae Questel as Olive. When Jack Mercer served in the military during World War II, others filled in as Popeye. Surprisingly, Mae Questel (with a mechanically controlled raised voice) is rumored to be the voice of Popeye in 1945’s Shape Ahoy!
Reportedly sourced from 4K remasters of each short’s original nitrate Technicolor negative, these shorts look fabulous. The amount of detail is stunning. Colors are well balanced and bright. This is truly top tier stuff for cartoon fans.
The DTS mono 2.0 Master Audio (mono) is free of any hisses, pops, or crackles. Dialogue and music cues are clean and clear throughout. While the negative briefly shows its age in a couple of spots, it’s impossible to complain about the level of restoration work done here.
Optional English subtitles are available during all 14 shorts.
There are no extras.
Popeye the Sailor - The 1940's, Volume 1 (2019)
Movie title: Popeye the Sailor - The 1940's, Volume 1
Director(s): I. Sparber, Seymour Kneitel, ,
Actor(s): Jack Mercer , Jackson Beck , Mae Questel, Harry Welch
Genre: Animation, Short, Comedy