I’m on my way today for a very brief visit to my park operation at Six Flags New England, so little time to blog. However, here’s something I’ve been meaning to mention: The newly released Popeye DVD.
I’m not a big animation afficinado, but I regcognize good stuff when I see it. The early Popeye animated shorts from Max Fleischer studios are good stuff. Warner Brothers just released the first of several volumes of Popeye cartoons on DVD: “Popeye the Sailor: 1933-1938 Vol.1“. This is something special for Popeye fans… the first 60 Fleischer shorts all remastered from the original negatives, uncut, shown in chronological order (by theater release dates) on four DVDs. The restorations are supposed to be spectacular.
I knew about the upcoming release because, among the several included commentaries by the likes of Mark Kausler, Jerry Beck and our old friend Mark Evanier, there is some commentary by long time MAD artist, current MAD art director and (unbeknown to me) lifelong Popeye fan Sam Viviano. Sam was very excited about the release… not about his commentary but just because this kind of collection was being produced at last. I think a lot of Popeye fans will be giddy over this collection.
This is something I will definitely be picking up. It’s true animation history.
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