Yes folks, the most anticipated cartoon box set since the introduction of DVD technology is finally out, and I hope most of you have already bought it last week. The expectations were really high, and this set fulfills nearly all of them. Cartoons are of course fantastic, and it's a real treat to watch them in chronological order and witness all the changes in Popeye's character, and in Fleischer studio animation style. Video transfer is really nice (though not flawless... more about it in another article), the cover art is probably the best ever on a classic animation DVD set (courtesy of superb artist Stephen DeStefano), bonus material is generous and fascinating. This is a great example of classic cartoons getting the highly respectful treatment similar to the greatest live-action classics. It's something that unfortunately doesn't happen too often.
I'm going to dedicate a number of posts in the next two weeks to Popeye
and is there any better starting point than this:
The very first theatrical Popeye cartoon, released on 7/14/1933. A great date in animation history. Enjoy!
As usual, I'm presenting few excellent links related to Popeye:
Fleischer Popeye Tribute
For many years, this web site has been the main stop for all the fans of one-eyed sailor, and I'm sure it will keep that status in the future. It's a wonderful work of love and enthusiasm from Gordan and Nenad Calma. Thank you guys!
A great artist known for many years for his work in comics and animation. He's the best modern-day artist of Popeye, and the author of the wonderful artwork on the DVD package. Don't miss his blog!
Our regular visitor, Bruce (hey, what's your second name?) recently started his own animation blog, and it's going to be a really great one, folks! His impressive multi-part article on history of Popeye is well researched and amazingly informative.
Made of Pen and Ink: The Fleischer Cartoons
An extraordinary blog by film and animation historian Mike Dobbs, who extensively researched the history of Fleischer studio for several decades.
And finally, a little bit of shameless self-promotion. Here's a Popeye drawing I did last September. Take a look HERE (click on the picture to see the large version)