Here on the Retroist we have been fortunate enough to share the artwork of the extremely talented Tom Whalen once or twice…or a handful of times before. Just the other day though we received an e-mail from those mad geniuses over at Dark Hall Mansion letting us know that their latest limited edition art print was up for sale!
This time it’s Tom Whalen’s print for Fleischer Studios’ 1936 animated short “Popeye the Sailor Meets Sinbad the Sailor”! An absolutely classic two-reeler that was nominated for a 1936 Academy Award for Best Animated Short…but lost to The Silly Symphony short entitled “The Country Cousin”.
I know this isn’t a Toon In post but see for yourself why animation fans love the short so very much!
[Via] Dr1 Mastermind
Now as I’ve already said, this print by Tom Whalen is already on sale so jump on over to the official Dark Hall Mansions Store to secure a copy for yourself. From the press release:
“Dark Hall Mansion, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, King Features Syndicate and Fleischer Studios will release Tom Whalen’s colorful take on the classic 1936 long-format Fleischer Studios cartoon classic that finds everyone’s favorite sailor matching wits with Bluto (er, Sindbad!) in Max Fleischer’s singular Popeye Color Special. We chose this very special Popeye short for DHM’s first officially licensed Fleischer release as we’re huge fans of the early groundbreaking Fleischer Studios shorts, and know this 16-minute Popeye special was so well received it was nominated for a 1936 Academy Award for the best short category: Cartoons. In addition, this short is formally recognized by no less than the United States Library of Congress as “culturally significant” and selected for preservation within the National Film Registry, as well as having been recognized as #17 among the Greatest Cartoons of all time by members of the animation field.
Think it also pretty clear to all just what a fan artist Tom Whalen is of classic Popeye by simply taking in this piece, one that not only includes the menagerie of insane Fleischer characters that Popeye, Olive, and Wimpy encounter on Sindbad’s island but a piece that lays out the film’s story arc and humor, an element so key to classic Fleischer Studios shorts. What’s not to love about a hamburger-crazed Wimpy chasing about after an adorable duck that not only has the better of him but is very much enjoying flaunting that fact! As we always say, Tom makes it look easy where it’s not. He’s not only laid out the short’s story arc via his composition but made sure to include classic Popeye and Fleischer Studios touches, Sindbad’s island warning, skull and treasure chest, villains galore, and of course, Popeye’s classic spinach can, all framing a print which formally pays tribute to the legendary brothers, Max Fleischer and Dave Fleischer as well. As always, truly an honor for Dark Hall Mansion to be entrusted to work on such legacy projects.”
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