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Popeye meets Aladdin


One of the highlights of the forthcoming Popeye Vol. 2 DVD is the remastered print of the 1939 two-reel special, Aladdin And His Wonderful Lamp. The image above is from the very rare set of still photos released by Paramount for promotional purposes. A set of three are currently being auctioned off on ebay. These stills are actually black and white images of production cels and backgrounds, repositioned, “colorized” with inks using primary colors. Click on image at left to see the same set up, in full color, from the actual restored film.
Back in February I posted the rare opening title, previously lost, to this Technicolor Popeye cartoon. That image was snapped with my funky cel phone off a TV screen. Below are the actual frames (of the three cards that make up the titles) for your calligraphic pleasure. The DVD set goes on sale June 17th.

  • Jerry, The images look incredible, I always enjoyed Aladdin more than the more famous (and IMO padded to fill 2 reels) Sindbad.

    Sad note, though credited in the main title card, Elzie Segar passed away at the age of 43 a year before the cartoon’s release.

  • Michael

    OH… MY… GOD… I can’t wait! Thanks a million!

  • What a dramatic change in colours. Popeye’s wearing a red shirt in one, and a green shirt in the other! Just shows how much colour tastes vary, I guess.

  • This is really something to look forward to, since all the earlier prints I’ve seen of Aladdin have awful color. I just wish Fleischer had used his 3D set for this one.

  • Bob Porrazzo

    Though Aladdin is the weaker of the 3 color features, it is though nice to see it come up on this set. I’m down for getting Vol. 2 even w/o seeing those frame grabs. I have Woody Woodpecker Vol. 2 and love seeing those cartoons I would watch on New York’s Channel 5 back in the day (the late 70’s/80’s mind you).

  • Bugsmer

    Absolutely beautiful, Jerry.

  • I never realized until now that Popeye’s got five fingers! ‘Looks so unnatural in the cartoon tradition. Then again, he talks out of the side of his face, so it’s a minor point.

  • Pop-eyed

    Yum Yum!

  • Ken Layton

    Fantastic! About 20 years ago Dave Tendlar sent me a letter stating this was his favorite cartoon he worked on. He was very proud of it.

  • I can’t wait for the second volume! So great that a couple of new generations will get to enjoy something that we got to see on a daily basis in the early days of TV.

    Great service you’re perfoming here, Jerry.

  • Chuck R.

    Even without pictures, I love those Popeye title cards! There’s a lot of contrast in the letterforms —all handled very elegantly. The warm light coming in from the lower right is another nice touch.

    Most of the Popeye posters were outstanding as well. The graphic art surrounding Golden Age Cartoons deserves a book of its own.
    BTW, thanks, Jerry, for the info on title cards from the Cartoon Research website. Always worth revisiting.

  • Mitch Kennedy

    Oh man! My mom bought this for me on VHS when I was three or four, and it’s ALWAYS been my favorite! I can’t wait!!

  • Kevin Wollenweber

    I’m already on for pre-order!! There are so many great cartoons coming in this set, sometimes some of the most surreal, like the one with Eugene the Jeep and the one in which Popeye meets William Tell, complete with Rossini’s familiar musical piece to go with it, and Popeye and Olive and their attempt at…Vaudeville? Let’s hear it for Fleischer!!

  • PorkyMills

    My favourite Popeye cartoon. I loved the quirky humour in this one.

  • OM

    …Oh, come off it, kids! The change in shirt color makes sense. Even Popeye knows that spinach is no defense against the “Red Shirt Curse”. Had he not changed shirts, he’d have been dead before the second reel!

  • I can’t wait to see the restored version of Popeye and Aladdin. It’s the only Fleischer’ Popeye i got in video. I remember laughing a lot about this two-reeler short. And great color lobby. I love the colors.

  • DC Smith

    Any idea if Popeye the Sailor, Vol. 2 will be offered in a tin box to match Vol. 1?