Popeye the Sailorpedia
Popeye the Sailorpedia

This article is about the animated short. For the song, see I Yam What I Yam (song).

I Yam What I Yam
Number 1
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Popeye the Sailor
Blow Me Down!

I Yam What I Yam is the first cartoon in Fleischer Studios's Popeye series, following the introductory Popeye the Sailor, which was presented as part of their Betty Boop series. Like its predecessor, it was released in 1933.


Popeye, Olive Oyl, and J. Wellington Wimpy are traveling the seas in a rowboat during a fierce rainstorm, with Olive doing all the rowing. After Popeye scares away the storm clouds, they reach dry land and Popeye builds a log cabin by simply punching some trees. Wimpy suggests he also go find some ducks for their dinner. Popeye leaves, running into some hostile Native American warriors and fighting them off. More warriors are found hunting ducks at a pond, and Popeye manages to take all the ducks from them. Meanwhile, other Native American warriors surround the cabin, to the horror of Olive and Wimpy. The latter flees meeting Popeye and then ducks along the way. Popeye reaches the cabin and tries to protect Olive, but is showered with arrows. At this point, he proceeds to eat his spinach (and the can as well) and defeat most of the warriors, although their chief lunges at him. This last "Indian" is then punched by Popeye and hops out of the chief outfit only to be revealed to be none other than Mahatma Gandhi. It was a pun on the word "Indian" as Gandhi ji was gaining fame in 1933.

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