Popeye the Sailorpedia

This article is about the animated short. For other meanings, see Popeye the Sailor (disambiguation).

Popeye the Sailor (cartoon)
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Popeye the Sailor or Popeye the Sailor with Betty Boop is a 1933 Fleischer Studios animated short, directed by Dave Fleischer. While billed as a Betty Boop cartoon, it actually stars Popeye the Sailor in his first animated appearance.


The cartoon begins with stock film footage of newspapers rolling off a printing press, a front page appearing with a headline declaring that Popeye has become a movie star, in reference to his animated debut herein. The camera zooms in on the illustration of Popeye, which comes to life as Popeye (voiced by William "Billy" Costello) sings about his amazing prowess in his signature song, "I'm Popeye the Sailor Man".

On land with his nemesis Bluto (voiced by William Pennell), the two sailors vie for the affections of Olive Oyl (voiced by Bonnie Poe). They take the object of their desire to a carnival, where they watch Betty Boop on a stage (also voiced by Bonnie Poe). Betty is performing a hula dance, wearing only a grass skirt, with her modesty protected by a lei necklace. Popeye jumps on stage, wraps himself in a long beard that he pulled from "Madame Hari"'s face, and joins in alongside Betty, watching her moves and imitating them.

Bluto steals Olive away and ties her to a railroad track, using the track itself as ropes. Popeye defeats his adversary and rescues Olive, punching the approaching steam engine in the "face" and bringing the whole train to a crushing halt, thanks to his ever-reliable can of spinach.


  • The engine on the train, with a baggage car, and three coaches, is a 2-4-2 engine or an American type steam locomotive. These kinds of locomotives of this standard wheel arrangement were used most commonly in the 1800s and 1830s, and no later than 1928 on American railroads.


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