Classic Cartoons - Popeye The Sailor Man

One thing i always used to look forward to after school finished was to go home and watch Popeye The Sailor Man on television. Never mind changing my clothes, or eating; i would be straight in to the lounge with my bag and shoes plonked in the hallway.

Popeye was one of my cartoon heroes when i was young. I used to love his style, his laugh, his walk and him tooting his tobacco pipe! Toot! Toot!

Before we find out more about who he is or was (nobody talks about him anymore!), i am so excited, so let's watch one of his cartoons!

Enjoy!

 

Popeye - Fright To the Finish!

Popeye the sailor man
Popeye the sailor man

Who Is Popeye?

Popeye is a hero who appeared in comics strips, animated cartoons and television shows. Elzie Crisler Segar was his creator, and in 1929 Popeye first appeared in the daily King Features comic strip called Thimble Theatre. Popeye was the name of the fictional hero, so afterwards Popeye became the series title.

Popeye the sailor man was first created in the year 1919, but did not make his debut for nearly 10 years. After he first appeared in the daily comic strip, King Features, he became an instant hit and was very popular near the 1930s.

Elzie Crisler Segar, Popeye's creator, died in 1938 but his work continued through several writers and artists, most notably by Segar's assistant, Bud Sagendorf.

The Thimble Theatre characters were adapted into a series of Popeye The Sailor theatrical cartoon shorts  by Max and dave Fleischer's Fleischer Studios for Paramount Pictures from 1933 through to 1957.

Since that time, Popeye became so famous that he appeared in comic books, television cartoons, arcade and video games and hundreds of advertisements.

Popeye's Description

 Popeye is such a unique character, that is probably why he has stuck in my memories for so long (i'm not that old you know!).

He has very disproportionate forearms with tattoos of an anchor on each arm. He is missing one eye, but doesn't wear an eye patch. Or maybe he doesn't bother using the other eye because he doesn't need to? Who knows!

He is a middle aged sailor with a very unique way of speaking:

"A wumming cop?!"

"Oh my gosh! A little spinach will take care of thisk!"

His laughter isn't bad either:

"Akak akak akak akak akak!"

He has an ever-present corncob pipe, which he toots like a steamship's whistle at times.

Popeye's love for Olive Oyl is visible in every series she is in, and his enemy, Bluto, is also always after her. But Popeye always wins in the end, because of his special tins of spinach!

Popeye - Doing Impossikible Stunts

Popeye And his Spinach

 Spinach is good for you, everyone knows that, but Segar, Popeye's creator, probably knew that before everyone else!

Every time Popeye gets into trouble, he has his secret super powered spinach. It doesn't matter where he his, whether he is buried in the ground with only his head outside, he still manages to suck out all the spinach from the tin that comes out of his hat.

His tins of spinach are hidden in different parts of his body, appropriate for times when he needs them.

Popeye is depicted as ridicously strong, but when pummeled by Bluto, his enemy, but after he has his spinach, there is no one stronger. The spinach makes Popeye invincible to bullets, being crushed, hammered and anything else you can think of. It's like a cheat in a video game, where you get unlimited ammo, life and nothing can destroy you! He can even fly or swim like a torpedo and lift anything no matter how heavy they are. Popeye is probably one of the best and the most versatile (after Superman of course!).

Popeye - What, No Spinach?

Popeye The Sailor Man

 I hope you enjoyed viewing this hub on one of my favourite classic cartoon characters ever. There are more Classic Cartoons coming your way soon, and i think you won't be able to guess what they are!

Keep your eyes peeled, and come back soon to see if the next instalment is available!

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Comments 12 comments

Justine76 6 years ago

I LOVED popeye when I was a kid!! Thanks for writing this.


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Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia

As a child in the fifties, I loved the Popeye cartoons. Still do for that matter. The things he said when he mumbled just under his breath are so funny sometimes. I never figured out the difference in Bluto's and Brutus's characters though, did you?

Really enjoyed the old toons too! Great hub!


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Popeye is my favorite cartoon character. And I am glad I can found Popeye trough this hub. Thank you very much.


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Ign Andy 6 years ago from Green Home Office

Times is flying so fast. The first time I saw Popeye is 20 years ago and I really enjoy it, it seems only yesterday.

Great hub I enjoy it.


gulnazahmad 6 years ago

It seems like I am listening to the favorite Popeye song, you have refreshed the memories of childhood:)


Biggd 6 years ago

I wonder if anyone knows the story of how Olive Oyle got swea pea?The way I understand it there was a cult preparing to sacrifice the baby but Olive rescued swea pea.


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G Miah 5 years ago from Muslim Nation Author

Not sure what happened there!!! Sorry!


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mega1 5 years ago

Ghosks! Good ol Popeye - loved the movie too. Excellent hub!


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G Miah 5 years ago from Muslim Nation Author

He's a leg end isn't he??? Always will be a legend!


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Kasman 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

I grew up watching this guy. I absolutely loved this hub with a passion. I actually eat spinach almost every day now myself.....I'm just waiting on my forearms to start bulging. Voting this up and I'm sharing big time!


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prospectboy 3 years ago from Texas

Hey there, nice hub. I can really appreciate reading this since I plan on writing more about cartoons from my childhood. I definitely remember watching Popeye while growing up. He was the sole and only reasons that I even attempted to eat spinach as a kid. I enjoyed reading more information about him that I hadn't previously known. Thanks for this piece. Voted up, rated awesome.


brian r morgan 3 years ago

Popeye Song Lyrics

compiled by Jimlaad(tm)

"Popeye the Sailor Man" from various (just to be complete) [Popeye]

I'm Popeye the sailor man.

I'm Popeye the sailor man.

I yam what I yam

And that's all what I yam.

I'm Popeye the sailor man.

I'm Popeye the sailor man!

I'm Popeye the sailor man!

I'm strong to the finich,

'Cause I eats me spinach.

I'm Popeye the sailor man.

I'm one tough gazooka

Which hates all palookas

What ain't on the up and square.

I biffs and I boffs them

And always outroughs 'em

But none of 'em gets nowhere.

If anyone's dasses to risk me fisks

It's "Bop!" and it's "Wham", understand?

So keep good behav'or,

That's your one lifesaver

With Popeye the sailor man.

I'm Popeye the sailor man!

Popeye the sailor man!

I'm strong to the finich,

'Cause I eats my spinach.

I'm Popeye the sailor man!

"Abu Hassan" from "Popeye Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves" (1937) ["Abu Hassan", thieves (and horses), and radio announcer]

[Abu Hassan]

You better lock up your doors today,

'Cause Abu Hassan is on his way!

Go in hidin'

When I go ridin',

There's me and my forty thieves!

Your wives and children and money, too:

I'll steal them from you before I'm through.

I'm out gunnin',

So start in runnin'

From me and my forty thieves!

Abu Hassan!

[Thieves]

Abu Hassan!

[Abu Hassan]

My gang's the roughest,

But I'm the toughest!

And that's no lie.

Abu Hassan!

[Thieves]

Abu Hassan!

[Abu Hassan]

You've got to hand it

To this bad bandit

'Cause I'm one terrible guy!

[Radio Announcer]

You better lock up your doors today!

'Cause Abu Hassan is on his way!

Go in hidin'

When he comes ridin'

There's him and his forty thieves!

Your wives and children and money, too:

He'll steal them from you before he's through.

He's out gunnin'

So start in runnin'

From him and his forty thieves!

Abu Hassan!

Abu Hassan!

In every village,

He'll steal and pillage,

There's not he'll spare!

Abu Hassan!

Abu Hassan!

If he should spy you,

Then we defy you

To cross his path if you dare!

Abu Hassan!

[Thieves]

Abu Hassan!

[Abu Hassan]

When things get quiet,

I start a riot

As I go by!

Abu Hassan!

[Thieves' Horses]

Abu Hassan!

[Abu Hassan]

And you'll discover

They run to cover

'Cause I'm a terrible guy!

"At the Wheel of my Automobile" from "The Spinach Roadster" (1936) [Popeye]

When I'm at the wheel

Of my automobile,

I feel just like a king!

She's not much to see,

But she's okay with me,

She's got that certain swing!

We take the bumps to'getter

As easy as anything!

When I'm at the wheel

Of my automobile,

I feel just like a king!

"The Ballad of Barnacle Bill" from "Beware of Barnacle Bill" (1935) [Olive Oyl, Popeye, and "Barnacle Bill"]

[Olive Oyl]

Popeye, dear, we cannot wed.

Popeye, dear, we cannot wed.

Popeye, dear, we cannot wed.

I love another sailor.

[Popeye]

Who's the guy who won your heart?

[Olive Oyl]

It's Barnacle Bill the sailor.

[Popeye]

Who's the guy who thinks he's smart?

[Olive Oyl]

It's Barnacle Bill the sailor.

[Popeye]

Why, that false heart and flattering tongue.

He courts them all, both old and young.

He courts them all but marries none,

Your Barnacle Bill the sailor.

[Olive Oyl]

But he's strong and handsome, too.

But he's strong and handsome, too.

But he's strong and handsome, too.

My Barnacle Bill the sailor.

[Popeye]

I'll twist his toes

And squeeze the nose

Of Barnacle Bill the sailor!

I'll mop the place

With his false face,

That Barnacle Bill the sailor!

I'll grab him by his dirty neck,

And when I'm through he'll be a wreck.

I'll sweep and smear and swab the deck

With Barnacle Bill the sailor!

[Knock! Knock!]

[Olive Oyl]

Who's that knocking at my door?

Who's that knocking at my door?

Who's that knocking at my door?

Tell the fair young maiden.

[Barnacle Bill]

It's only me from over the sea.

It's Barnacle Bill the sailor.

I've come to take you away with me.

I'm Barnacle Bill the sailor.

Hurry before you get me sore.

I'll rare and tear and rant and roar!

Hurry before I bust in the door!

It's Barnacle Bill the sailor!

[Olive Oyl]

Here I come to let you in.

Here I come to let you in.

Here I come to let you in.

My Barnacle Bill the sailor.

[Barnacle Bill]

No one ever challenges me!

[Popeye]

Says Barnacle Bill the sailor.

[Barnacle Bill]

I'm the terror of the sea!

[Popeye]

Says Barnacle Bill the sailor.

[Barnacle Bill]

A fe and a fi and a fo and a fum!

Yo he ho and a bottle of rum!

Before your silly old day is done!

[Popeye]

Says Barnacle Bill the sailor.

[Olive Oyl]

Popeye, dear, I love you best.

Popeye, dear, I love you best.

Popeye, dear, I love you best.

When will we get married?

[Popeye]

I've changed me mind, so you can wed

Your Barnacle Bill the sailor.

You're nothing but a cabbage-head.

Every dame's a selfish cat.

They only turn and leave you flat.

Just the way you did to that

Poor Barnacle Bill the sailor.

"Brotherly Love" from the cartoon of the same name (1936) [Olive Oyl]

What we all need is brotherly love!

You can't go wrong with brotherly love!

Let everybody be

One great big family.

No scrappin',

No yappin':

How happy we will be!

Now I don't care who's brother you love,

As long as there is brotherly love.

Make every Tom and Dick and Otto

Obey our golden motto!

'Cause what we need is brotherly love!

"A Clean Shaven Man" from the cartoon of the same name (1936) [Olive Oyl]

I want a clean shaven man!

I want a clean shaven man.

If he's short or tall,

Doesn't matter at all.

He doesn't have to be too sharp to be my razor man!

I want a clean shaven man!

I want a clean shaven man.

Oh, how I'd behave

When he takes a shave.

I want a clean shaven man!

"Climb the Mountain with Me" from "I-ski Love-ski You-ski" (1936) [Popeye and Bluto]

[Popeye]

Heidell dee, heidell ho, heidell day-hee-dee-ho.

Day-hee-dee-ho, Day-he-dee-ho!

[Bluto]

Hedelly dee, hedelly ho, hedelly dee-tee-dee-do.

Dee-tee-dee-do, dedelly dee!

[Popeye]

Won't you come and climb the mountain with me?

O-lay-hee-dee-ho, don't say-ee no.

Oh the air up there is fresh as can be.

O-lay-hee-dee-ho, dee-ho.

[Bluto]

I'll take you up, up, up to the tip.

It's a wonderful trip.

I won't let you slip.

Won't you come and climb the mountain with me?

O-lay-hee-hey-ho, hee-ho.

"I Don't Want to Walk Without You" from "Klondike Casanova" (1946) [Olive Oyl]

I don't want to walk without you, baby.

I walk with my arm about you, baby.

I thought the day you left me behind,

I'd take off so and get you off my mind,

But now I find

That I don't want to walk without sunshine.

Why'd you have to turn off all that sunshine?

Oh, baby, please come back to break my heart for me.

'Cause I don't want to walk without you, no siree.

"I Found Out Where to Find My Pappy" from "Goonland" (1938) [Popeye]

I found out where to find my pappy,

My pappy what got lost when I was born.

One look at me made him unhappy,

Forty years has gone since he was saw'n!

But I'll sail and sail and sail the sea,

And I'll never come back 'till he comes with me.

'Cause I found out where to find my pappy,

My pappy what got lost when I was born!

"I Wanna Be a Life Guard" from the cartoon of the same name (1936) [Bluto and Popeye]

[Bluto]

I wanna be a life guard,

Just a public servin' life preservin' man.

[Popeye]

I wanna be a life guard,

With a million dollar coat of tan.

[Bluto]

So, if you want a life guard,

[Popeye]

You can bet your life that I'm your man.

"If I Were President" and "She's a Jolly Good Female" from "Olive Oyl for President" (1948) [Olive Oyl, Congress]

[Olive Oyl]

If I were president, if I were president,

There'd be at least ten months of June,

For folks to spend their honeymoon,

And night winds would all have the sweetest scent.

If I were president.

If I were president, if I were president,

Silk worms in every house would grow

And they would all be on the go

(In case there were a stocking accident).

If I were president.

There'd be lampposts like you've never seen.

And streets would

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