The History of Cartoons

Popeye the Sailor Man has been known as everyone’s favorite fist-fighting, spinach eating character in film and television. Debuted in the comics in the late 1910’s, he eventually made it to the silver screen in 1933 in a Betty Boop cartoon called “Popeye the Sailor”. Later that year, Popeye began his own cartoon series with his first cartoon being entitled, “I Yam What I Yam” which was first produced by Fleischer Studios from Paramount Pictures. Fleischer Studios’ Popeye ran in theaters from 1933 to 1942, then Famous Studios took control of the Popeye cartoons and aired them in theaters from 1942 to 1957. Overall, leading to modern day TV, over 750 cartoon segments were produced for Popeye over the course of 80 years.


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