This article is about the theatrical short. For the television episode, see Popeye and the Pirates (The All-New Popeye Hour).
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I'll Be Skiing Ya
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Popeye and the Pirates is Popeye's 147th theatrical cartoon, produced by Famous Studios and released on September 12, 1947. It introduces the Bluto-like antagonist Pierre, who would appear again in 1948's Snow Place Like Home.
While sailing, Popeye and Olive come across a mysteriously-appearing, old-fashioned pirate ship. Aboard it, the crew sing about rum, with the smallest crewmember snatching some liquor away from his captain. When she hails the pirates, both Olive and Popeye are captured. Captain Pierre attempts to woo the slender lady by sweet-talking her and offering her a whole cargo of stolen jewels. Popeye's attempts to fight for his 'goil' prove unsuccessful and he is made to walk the plank - but he manages not to fall overboard. When he returns in disguise as an elegantly-dressed woman, Pierre becomes much more attracted to the large-limbed lady and tosses Olive aside. Yet Popeye's ruse is discovered and further struggles end with the sailor hero thrown towards the bottom of the ocean and Davy Jones' locker, chained, with Olive suffering the big pirate's persecution. By chance, a small sawfish swims near Popeye reading an issue of Popeye Comics, recognizes the hero and his predicament, and helpfully rips the spinach can from the comic's cover, sawing it open in order to feed Popeye. Energized, the latter gets back up on deck, defeats Pierre in a swordfight (employing a pocket knife) then uses him as a spinning top to beat the other pirates. As Popeye and Olive are about to celebrate with a kiss, they are interrupted by the smallest pirate coming between them.
- The comic book seen in this short bears the title "Popeye Comics" and shows its main character wearing his U. S. Navy uniform. In reality, the then-current publication was simply titled "Popeye", and never had him wear his Navy whites.
- All copies of this cartoon in circulation (including the versions broadcast on Cartoon Network and its sister channel Boomerang) have an abrupt cut, removing the section where Popeye transitions from female drag back to his sailor suit. No clear reason is given for the edit, but it could be due to the undressing involved. It is currently unknown if this cartoon exists uncut. This clip has been edited out since its original theatrical showing in 1947, and is now presumed lost or destroyed.
- Popeye and the Pirates at the Internet Movie Database