Western Animation: Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor
Possibly the peak of Popeye
the Sailor's cartoon career during The Golden Age of Animation
, this lavishly animated
, full-color, two-reeler 16-minute theatrical cartoon from 1936 brings together a crisply paced plot with impressive action scenes and comedy. Oh, and awesome 3-D backgrounds too (courtesy of Fleischer Studios' trademark "tabletop" technique).
The short starts off with a close-up on the isle of Sindbad
the Sailor, and not long after we see the man himself, he begins his epic villain boast song
, complete with amazing
live-action model set and animation blending, ending with the introduction of Popeye himself, singing his theme song.
Sindbad promptly sends his giant buzzard to "Wreck that ship!" and kidnap Olive Oyl ("But bring me the woman.") and naturally, Popeye has to travel to Sindbad's Island (along with Wimpy
) to save Olive Oyl.
The short was a smash hit when it was released, resulting in two follow-ups being done within the next few years. It was nominated for an Academy Award
in 1936, but lost to the now obscure Silly Symphonies
short The Country Cousin
. Fortunately, this cartoon got a better reward later on — it got selected for preservation in the National Film Registry
This cartoon is in the Public Domain
and can be viewed online
This short was popular enough to recieve a follow-up in 1937, Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves
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