Cool drawings! Is that last image from the 80's toon? It looks so amateurish compared to the others.
The first two look awkward, especially the second one. Tracings by a lesser talent, perhaps? The last one is obviously a Bostonian ancestor of Popeye, who apparently never lost an eye.
Goodness, that last one is creepy!
You can never go home again.
Apparently Popeye also enjoys eating raspberry doughnuts with no napkin.
Yeah, these were some decent shots of Popeye indeed. Also if you hadn't heard yet John, Frank Frazetta passed away today at 82. Sadness, man.
The first few cells and bottom layout are beautiful. Though the bottom cell from The King Features Television series has all the fun sucked out of it. I could never watch more than a minute of those bland 1960's Popeyes. The 1930's Popeyes were so well written and designed and had a good soundtrack to go along with every short. However after Popeyes Golden Age passed when Paramount acquired the Fleischers it seems that other producers tried to imitate the Fleischer formula unsuccessfully I might add. Why is it that when people try to make a remake of popular cartoon character it winds up sucking much worse than the original. Take for example Loonitics, Flimations Tom and Jerry and Droopy, Kingdom Hearts, Yogis Gang, the straight to DVD Disney sequels, and of course King Features 1960's Popeye. Originally good cartoon ideas messed up by people that never understood them.
I wonder who drew each of these drawings. Maybe Bob Jacques, the Popeye expert, would know.Popeye should never be drawn with two eyes. Ever. That's like changing Bluto's name to Brutus. Just my opinion.
RIP Frank Frazetta
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Popeye? With two open eyes? Now I've seen everything!
Where did you get these drawings? I would imagine that original pencils from the Fleischer Studios must be rarer than hen's teeth. Cool toys too.That last cel most have either been a King Features Popeye or some bicentenial TV special I was unaware of.
Olive Oyl is the best dancer in the cartoon world.
John, I know you love the Boscos and the Betty Boops, but Popeye was where animation reached its first high-water mark. Great cartooning, great animation, great music, great violence and great characters. It is a shame that "Steamboat Willie" is remembered with such fondness when even the earliest Popeyes are somewhat forgotten. Even as a "sissy stuff" hating kid I loved the music from the B&W Popeye cartoons.
Poor Popeye. Oral cancer claims another victim.
Is it just me or does the whole idea of ingesting nasally just seem... well... awful!!I think that one was taken from a series of Popeye cartoons produced by Al "Yellow Submarine" Brodax which seemed to keep with the Famous Studio character design for Popeye which would show him with both eyes opened from time to time.I suppose with characters like Little Audrey and Herman and Katnip in Famous Studio's roster, a toothless one-eyed sailor just wasn't cute enough for their standards ;-)
"Molasses" is spelled wrong, too.
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