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With: (voices) Jack Mercer, Margie Hines, etc.
Written by: Tedd Pierce, Milford Davis, Joe Stultz, etc.
Directed by: Dave Fleischer, etc.
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 201
Date: 03/18/2013

Popeye the Sailor: Volume 3 - 1941-1943 (2008)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Popeye Goes to War

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

This new two-disc set represents the last, and least, of the "Popeye" cartoons produced at the Fleischer studios. The brothers Max and Dave had begun upping the ante and concentrating on their extraordinary "Superman" cartoons, leaving the "Popeye" duties to others. Moreover, it was decided that, as the U.S. entered WWII, the sailor man should participate in war-themed cartoons. So the shorts in this set have a flat look, visually inferior to the others, and are more badly dated. (It includes some potentially offensive racial stereotyping of Japanese, some of which was banned from television.) Popeye's nephews "Pip-eye, Pup-eye, Poop-eye & Peep-eye" were also introduced during this period, which may give you an idea of how the series had settled down. The DVD quality is beautiful and still better than its public domain predecessors, but only completists and collectors of war memorabilia need apply. Extras include various commentary tracks, short documentaries, and bonus "Out of the Inkwell" cartoons, as well as a short documentary on the history of animation from 1921 to 1930.

Disc One:
Problem Pappy (1941)
Quiet! Pleeze (1941)
Olive's $weep$take Ticket (1941)
Flies Ain't Human (1941)
Popeye Meets Rip Van Winkle (1941)
Olive's Boithday Presink (1941)
Child Psykolojiky (1941)
Pest Pilot (1941)
I'll Never Crow Again (1941)
The Mighty Navy (1941)
Nix on Hypnotricks (1941)
Kickin' the Conga Round (1942)
Blunder Below (1942)
Fleets of Stren'th (1942)
Pip-eye, Pup-eye, Poop-eye an' Peep-eye (1942)
Olive Oyl and Water Don't Mix (1942)

Disc Two:
Many Tanks (1942)
Baby Wants a Bottleship (1942)
You're a Sap, Mr. Jap (1942)
Alona on the Sarong Seas (1942)
A Hull of a Mess (1942)
Scrap the Japs (1942)
Me Musical Nephews (1942)
Spinach Fer Britain (1943)
Seein' Red, White 'n' Blue (1943)
Too Weak to Work (1943)
A Jolly Good Furlough (1943)
Ration Fer the Duration (1943)
The Hungry Goat (1943)
Happy Birthdaze (1943)
Wood-Peckin' (1943)
Cartoons Ain't Human (1943)

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