60s Popeye: The Leprechaun, a title that gives away the last scene


The title of this week’s King Features Popeye had me expecting a Jack Kinney short. Somehow it felt like a story built around a “real” legendary creature fit that studio’s style more. Nope; this is Paramount Cartoon Studios. So director and producer credits go to Seymour Kneitel. The story’s credited to Carl Meyer and Jack … Continue reading “60s Popeye: The Leprechaun, a title that gives away the last scene”

60s Popeye: Boardering On Trouble, prequel to the Dan Aykroyd film Nothing But Trouble


Today’s is a Paramount Cartoon Studios cartoon. The story’s credited to Carl Meyer and Jack Mercer. Directing and producing we credit Seymour Kneitel for. From 1961 here’s Boardering On Trouble. A strength in how Popeye adapted to animated cartoons is in the flexibility of setting. The characters are like figures of the Commedia dell’arte. They’re … Continue reading “60s Popeye: Boardering On Trouble, prequel to the Dan Aykroyd film Nothing But Trouble”

60s Popeye: William Won’t Tell, because in this one, William is Popeye, that’s why


Have we entered a new round of Seymour Kneitel-mania? … Almost! It’s a Paramount Cartoon Studios production this week, so yes, he’s the producer. And the director. The story, though, is given to Carl Meyer and Jack Mercer. So here is 1961’s William Won’t Tell. I’ve mentioned the curse of competence. It’s not hard to … Continue reading “60s Popeye: William Won’t Tell, because in this one, William is Popeye, that’s why”

60s Popeye: Messin’ Up The Mississippi (it’s in fact quite tidy)


Soundtrack recommendation: a little piece by Sparks. Wow, feels like forever since I did a cartoon here. Messin’ Up The Mississippi is a 1961 Paramount Cartoon Studios-produced short. Story by Carl Meyer and Jack Mercer and directing by Seymour Kneitel, almost the team you’d expect if you just knew it was a Paramount cartoon. I … Continue reading “60s Popeye: Messin’ Up The Mississippi (it’s in fact quite tidy)”

60s Popeye: The Medicine Man, not a musical-romance, sorry


We’re back at Paramount again today. The story’s from Carl Meyer and Jack Mercer and direction by Seymour Kneitel. Here’s the 1961 short The Medicine Man. Popeye and Olive Oyl sell a “Spinach Health Juice” this cartoon. They do it in the form of the patent medicine show. At least the pop-culture version of the … Continue reading “60s Popeye: The Medicine Man, not a musical-romance, sorry”

60s Popeye: Who’s Kidding Zoo, a title that needs some baby goats to really land


Who’s Kidding Zoo is a 1961 Paramount Cartoon Studios-produced short. The story’s credited to Carl Meyer and Jack Mercer, and the direction to Seymour Kneitel. This is not the same credit given to every Paramount Popeye cartoon of the era. It just feels like it. This is an example of a particular stock Popeye cartoon … Continue reading “60s Popeye: Who’s Kidding Zoo, a title that needs some baby goats to really land”

60s Popeye: The Baby Contest (nb, ‘contest’ is a noun here, not a verb)


I had thought that all these Paramount Cartoon Studios-produced shorts were from 1961 anymore. Nope. This is a 1960 production. So as much as I did not understand how King Features’s YouTube page was bundling these shorts together, I now understand them even less. Or I don’t understand them more. Whichever. As usual for a … Continue reading “60s Popeye: The Baby Contest (nb, ‘contest’ is a noun here, not a verb)”

60s Popeye: Oil’s Well That Ends Well, and how is that not Oyl’s Well?


We’re back on Paramount Cartoon Studios territory here. Oil’s Well That Ends Well, from 1961, is credited to Carl Meyer and Jack Mercer for the story and Seymour Kneitel for direction. My favorite old-time-radio podcast last week ran an episode of The Saint, starring the beloved Vincent Price as Leslie Charteris’s beloved-I’m-told rogue adventurer. It … Continue reading “60s Popeye: Oil’s Well That Ends Well, and how is that not Oyl’s Well?”

60s Popeye: The Cure (not musical)


I’m back on cartoon-watching. Today’s is a 1961 short produced by Paramount Cartoon Studios. The story’s credited to Carl Meyer and Jack Mercer. The direction, as usual, is Seymour Kneitel. Ladies and gentlemen, The Cure. There is a lot of story this cartoon. The broad sweep of it more or less makes sense. Popeye shames … Continue reading “60s Popeye: The Cure (not musical)”

60s Popeye: Love Birds, a cartoon


It’s a Paramount Cartoon Studios-produced short today. The story’s by Carl Meyer and Jack Mercer, with the director as usual Seymour Kneitel. Here’s the 1961 short Love Birds. So, here we delight in the 584th straight “Popeye has to chase a thing” cartoon produced by Paramount this line. I exaggerate. But it is another one … Continue reading “60s Popeye: Love Birds, a cartoon”

60s Popeye: A Mite of Trouble; do you get it? Because, mm.


This is another Paramount Cartoon Studios cartoon. So it’s a fresh 1961 issue too. The director’s Seymour Kneitel and the story’s credited to Carl Meyer and Jack Mercer. Here’s A Mite of Trouble. We’ve got the Sea Hag and her vulture back. That’s usually a good start. It feels like Paramount is the only studio … Continue reading “60s Popeye: A Mite of Trouble; do you get it? Because, mm.”

60s Popeye: County Fair, and that’s about all there is to say about it


Are we back to 1961? Yes, we’re back to 1961, and Paramount Cartoon Studios. County Fair is directed by Seymour Kneitel, like every Famous Studios or Paramount Studios Popeye short. The story’s credited to Carl Meyer and Jack Mercer. The Popeye Wikia for this short summaries it: “Popeye and Brutus are farmers who enter a … Continue reading “60s Popeye: County Fair, and that’s about all there is to say about it”

60s Popeye: Pop Goes The Whistle, a new decade with an old plot


I believe this is the first King Features Popeye that doesn’t have a 1960 copyright date. 1961’s Pop Goes The Whistle is another from the reliable group at Paramount Cartoon Studios, formerly Famous Studios, formerly Fleischer Studios. The story’s credited to Carl Meyer and Jack Mercer. Seymour Kneitel gets listed as director. Why not Popeye … Continue reading “60s Popeye: Pop Goes The Whistle, a new decade with an old plot”

60s Popeye: Strange Things Are Happening, and I have questions about them


We’re back in the hands of Paramount Cartoon Studios this week. Carl Meyer and Jack Mercer have credit for the story. Seymour Kneitel’s the director and the producer. It’s a group that I trust to be competent, if nothing else. From 1960 here’s Strange Things Are Happening. Popeye is in a boring house, but it’s … Continue reading “60s Popeye: Strange Things Are Happening, and I have questions about them”

60s Popeye: returning to the Aladdin’s Lamp


It’s another Paramount/Famous Studios-produced 60s Popeye today. The title, Aladdin’s Lamp, is a mix of expectations. Toss in a genie and you have an excuse to do any crazy idea that couldn’t fit into a reasonable story. But for the seasoned Popeye-watcher there’s knowledge. Whatever they do must pale before the Fleischer Studio’s two-reeler Aladdin … Continue reading “60s Popeye: returning to the Aladdin’s Lamp”

60s Popeye: Go see Sea Serpent, you’ll see it and serpent, I love it


Never mind the subject line. I was referencing this one Saturday Night Live bit from 1989 where they were really laying it on that Gene Shalit guy. They had him say, “Go see Sea of Love, you’ll see it and love it!” For some reason, my brain has decided this is one of the most … Continue reading “60s Popeye: Go see Sea Serpent, you’ll see it and serpent, I love it”

Dog Catcher Popeye, in which Popeye is not a Dog Catcher


There’s familiar names in the credits for this week’s 60s Popeye cartoon. The story’s credited to Carl Meyer and Jack Mercer. Jack Mercer was the voice of Popeye, with a handful of interruptions, from 1935 through to the Robert Altman movie. He’d also written Popeye cartoons, and others, going back to 1942. The director’s Seymore … Continue reading “Dog Catcher Popeye, in which Popeye is not a Dog Catcher”