You can argue that I’m vamping on starting my next project here. But I’m also using this gathering of links to all my 60s Popeye cartoon reviews as a chance to better-organize my tags on them, and to discover where I missed a cartoon in my reviewing. I may come back around to them.
So here are the Larry Harmon-produced Popeye cartoons. If you’re curious why this list is in this order, it’s because I’m using the order given at the Popeye Wikia. Why they have that order I don’t know. Maybe production order or production code corder? Maybe original airing order? Maybe in order of when they discovered one of these cartoons? I have no way of knowing. It is going to take me forever to do the Jack Kinney and the Paramount cartoons.
- Muskels Shmuskels — Popeye has to not fight. King Features took the original video of this one off and I haven’t got around to finding a replacement, sorry.
- Hoppy Jalopy — the racecar cartoon, one of the last ones of my project here.
- Dead-Eye Popeye — not reviewed! I had complained of this as too boring to review, back then, and I can’t imagine that stopping me from having thoughts about it now.
- Mueller’s Mad Monster — it’s got a cuteish robot and a bunch of Cartoon Existentialism.
- Caveman Capers — yes, this is the one with a dinosaur.
- Bullfighter Bully — it’s the one where Popeye gets kissed by a calf.
- Ace of Space — for once, aliens abduct Olive Oyl, instead of Popeye. He seems offended.
- College of Hard Knocks — where I couldn’t figure out if Brutus was a legitimate teacher.
- Abdominal Snowman — an Abominable Snowman cartoon, with Olive’s mysterious uncle Sylvan Oyl. What pun is his name about? (There was a Sylvan Oil company in Oklahoma through the 1950s; was that it?)
- Ski-Jump Chump — starring Brutus as Gorgeous Pierre and Jackson Beck doing his French Accent Character.
- Irate Pirate — another one where the video has gone dark. I’ll see if I can do anything about that, until I forget.
- Foola-Foola Bird — turns out to be on Foola-Foola Island, raising the question of why it was so hard for everyone but Popeye to find.
- Uranium on the Cranium — which, of course, has Brutus dress up in a gorilla costume so he can get the uranium mine.
- Two-Faced Paleface — yeah, this one I skipped for the racist depiction of Native American characters.
- Childhood Daze — another Fountain-of-Youth cartoon, this time with Popeye getting youngified.
- Sheepish Sheep-Herder — one more with a missing video. Sorry.
- Track Meet Cheat — a fine enough idea for a cartoon foiled by not really being sure if Brutus is the problem here.
- Crystal Ball Brawl — Wimpy gets a way to foretell the future! Other than asking Eugene the Jeep!
And finally for now, here’s my similar list for the Gerald Ray-produced cartoons.