Monday, December 30, 2013
I remember watching a local TV variety program called The Uncle Gus Show, because once per episode, the host would introduce a (usually black and white) Popeye cartoon. Back in those days it was the only place I could see the animated adventures of the world's most famous sailor, and his nemesis Bluto. There was something special about these cartoons, the creativity and detail involved in those shorts were definitely above the standard cartoon fare I was used to. I later discovered that these were produced by The Fleischer Studios, which explains the quality. Whether it was Popeye, Superman, Betty Boop or one of their other properties, their cartoons were always top notch.