Yes, I am pleased to report that Popeye the Sailor Man on DVD is indeed not “finishked” yet!
But first, to set the stage, HERE’S a post on Popeye’s glory days on Warner DVD… and HERE’S another!
|Them's were th' days, all right!|
After a FIVE YEAR hiatus (!), not unlike a similar such gap for ANIMANIACS, Warner Home Video is returning POPEYE THE SAILOR to DVD! …With some key differences, though.
ANIMANIACS Volume Four was a standard WHV release, while Popeye will continue via the Warner Archive Collection.
|We're Aaa-ni-maaiin-nee-acks... and we're "standard" to the max...|
Now, I’m not exactly disappointed at the news… Sure, I’d have preferred a “general release” over one from Warner Archives, for all the reasons cited in my standard WARNER ARCHIVE COLLECTION link. It would also indicate some more confidence in POPEYE as a property than a WAC release does.
Also, the ‘60s Popeye cartoons were not as numbingly repetitive as the Paramount theatricals became – with some of them actually adhering more closely to the work of the Sailor Man’s creator E.C. Segar and subsequent comics, than anything Paramount released in the ‘50s. Sure, the animation was “down a bit” (I’d go as far as “down a lot”), but certain other virtues helped make up for that.
|Did Popeye get back to some basics in the '60s? Just ask The Sea Hag!|
|And, maybe I'll be there, too!|