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Original Popeye Cartoons Coming to DVD

10 Apr, 2007 By: John Latchem

Warner Home Video July 31 (prebook June 26) will release Popeye the Sailor: 1933-1938 Vol. 1, featuring 60 remastered and unedited classic animated shorts.

“Popeye is an icon,” said Jeff Brown, Warner SVP and GM of television and franchise. “He represents the good and the underdog. This sailor has been integral to pop culture for over seven decades.”

The $64.92, four-DVD set includes more than nine hours of cartoons, including “Blow Me Down,” the Oscar-nominated “Popeye the Sailor Meets Sinbad the Sailor,” and a cameo by Betty Boop in Popeye's first cartoon in 1933, “Popeye the Sailor.”

The cartoons were created by Max Fleischer, and this DVD release is the first authorized by Hearst Entertainment and King Features Syndicate.

Bonus features include commentaries with historians, animators and filmmakers; “Behind the Toons” featurettes; the new documentaries “I Yam What I Am: The Story of Popeye the Sailor Man,” “The Evolution of Animation: The History of the Fleischer Studios” and “Max Fleischer and the New York Style”; bonus Popeye shorts and bonus Fleischer cartoons.

Through a promotion with Allens Popeye brand spinach cans, consumers can earn a $5 rebate off the purchase of the DVD.

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