Friday, January 20, 2012
More Public Domain Videotapes
Hey everyone, I'm back with another round of public domain videotapes. So, unlike last time when I rambled on and didn't have enough energy to get through one videotape, this time I'll just jump right into them. So here we go: PUBLIC DOMAIN VIDEOTAPES, ROUND TWO!!!! DVD. The lone exception were the three two-reel color cartoons released in 1936, 1937, and 1939. The first of which is on this tape and shown in the images below. "Popeye Meets Ali Baba and His Forty Theives." Now, unfortunately, the title is wrong. Popeye does not meet Ali Baba himself but a gang of his known as the forty theives. The character that Bluto is playing is called Abu Hasan. here. YouTube. Big Bad Sindbad." It's actually a remake of "Sindbad the Sailor" and uses much of the same footage. The new footage is Popeye taking his nephews (why is it always nephews? Where are these kids' real parents? Donald Duck has the same situation with Huey, Dewey, and Louie) on a tour of a museum housing the great sailors of the world. Anyway, the dialogue is changed and it is very poor in comparison to the original Fleischer cartoon. Of course, when I was young, I thought the two shorts were made by the same company and within just a few years of each other. Looking back on them now, I can notice the big differences between the animation done by the Fleischer Studios and the animation done by Famous Studios. I should also mention that there was a remake of the Ali Baba cartoon entitled "Popeye Makes a Movie." Unlike "Big Bad Sindbad", this was not public domain. I can't see why, it's just as bad as the Sindbad remake. Oh well, his annoying nephews are in this one to. Nothing for me to really review so just check it out on YouTube. Oh, as for the other shorts on this tape, just check them out. You know where to see them.