Here in Norway, the original Popeye was really huge because of the national tv broadcaster NRK showed them a lot for a very long time. They are all about this Popeye that gets very strong each time he eats spinach and inspired millions of children to eat salad everywhere.
Now you can see many episodes on Tubi. A streaming service that I have written about, which is totally free and that’s really awesome. I have been digging through this streaming service now and I must say that I am quite impressed even though most of the content that the service got for Europeans is very limited compared to what people in the USA get.
Amazing Popeye quality from 1959 on Tubi
The spunky but lovable spinach-eating sailor is known everywhere. But because of new ways of doing cartoons that were introduced. The Popeye cartoons seemed to be sort of forgotten today which is a huge shame because it is one of the best cartoons ever made together with the Disney and Warner Brothers characters.
Our loveable spinach-eating Popeye stars alongside with his friends and rivals to share his rousing adventures. This Popeye cartoons that is shared on the Tubi streaming network comes from 1959 and is made by King Features Syndicate, Inc., ™ Hearst Holdings, Inc. according to the Tubi information. But Popeye as a character is much older. The start of his popularity across the globe began back in November 1932! Then the very first cartoon in the series was released in 1933. It was then released by Paramount Pictures, remained a staple of Paramount’s release schedule for nearly 25 years. So Paramount Pictures is not a new company. They have been active for many years. Today they even have their own streaming service called Paramount+ here in Norway.
In May 1942, Paramount Pictures assumed ownership of Fleischer Studios, and they also fired the Fleischers and began reorganizing the studio, which they renamed Famous Studios.
Lots of World War II-themed short cartoons with Popeye were made
The early era of shorts of Popeye was often World War II-themed, featuring Popeye fighting Nazis and Japanese soldiers with the most notable episode released back in 1942. This provocative short cartoon was named You’re a Sap, Mr. Jap. It is still banned in Japan and it is possible to understand why. But it is great that YouTube allows it to be there for learning purposes. World War II was a terrible war that no one should experience again.
In late 1943, the Popeye series was moved to Technicolor production. This meant that the releases could be shown in colors which were something really huge at that time. The very first one was named Her Honor the Mare which isn’t to be found among the 55 Popeye cartoons that is available on Tubi. Popeye was getting more and more popular. So both Famous and Paramount continued to produce the Popeye series all the way until 1957, with Spooky Swabs being the last of the 125 Famous shorts in the series which is also no available at this time of writing.
Paramount then sold the Popeye film catalog to Associated Artists Productions, which was bought out by United Artists in 1958. Through various mergers, the rights are currently controlled by WarnerMedia’s Turner Entertainment. Cartoon Network tried to revive the show but it didn’t succeed. So the classic Popeye productions are still very attractive. But no tv channel that I know of broadcasts them here and after asking a few people in the USA and Japan no channels broadcasts them there neither.
So it is nice of Tubi to bring the classic Popeye cartoons to everyone. I hope that they can release all that can be brought to life. Because this was my childhood. Popeye will never leave my mind for sure.
Source: Tubi and Wikipedia with lots of Nostalgia