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Toon In: Popeye – Cookin’ With Gags (1955)

Welcome back, friends, to a new Toon In. This week we have Popeye the Sailor in a 1955 Associated Artists Production short entitled Cookin’ With Gags. An appropriate selection I think you will certainly agree as today is April 1st.

When I was growing up, I would watched quite a bit of A.A.P. Popeye cartoons. Whiling way the hours until it was time to race down to the bus stop. This was possible in fact thanks to the block programming by TBS in the early 80s.

Besides the likes of Popeye, that TBS block of cartoons would generally include Looney Tunes. As well as the King Features Syndicate characters Krazy Kat, Beetle Bailey, and even Snuffy Smith and Barney Google.

[Via] Angel Casusol

I think you Toon In fans might find it interesting that both Snuffy and Barney, were voiced by none other than Paul Frees. Of course you should recognize Paul’s distinct voice from his work on The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show and myriad Rankin/Bass specials. Of course he was also well known for voicing animated features and shorts for Walt Disney!

Read: Mars And Beyond (1957)

I apologize, friends. As usual I have let my train of thought run away with me. In our offering today, we find Popeye attempting to remain calm while attending a picnic with Bluto and Olive Oyl. The pranks range from the common industrial spring on an axe.
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To the addition of pouring gasoline on an open flame.

While it may indeed be April Fools Day, there is however only so much a Sailor Man can take. Will Popeye be able to thwart Bluto with a prank of his own? Furthermore will Olive Oyl see that she is being rather mean to our favorite Sailor Man? Toon In and let’s find out together!

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Popeye Met The Defenders Of The Earth In 1972?!

Back in 1985 one of my favorite animated series was Defenders of the Earth. Numerous times on The Retroist I’ve mentioned my fondness for pulp characters. Of heroes of the Golden Age – like The Shadow, The Phantom and others.

Thanks in fact to the 1980 Flash Gordon film. I came across an old collection of comic strips from King Features Syndicate at my local library. Which is of course how I was introduced to the likes of Mandrake the Magician and Lothar. Which like The Phantom was a creation of Lee Falk as well. They even had old Popeye collections from the E.C. Segar strip days!
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So you can easily imagine my joy when the Defenders of the Earth series debuted one morning. Bear in mind that if you didn’t have access to a TV Guide you were generally caught unawares about a new animated weekday show.

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Until last night however I wasn’t aware that the Defenders of the Earth had grouped together before 1985. Back in 1972 in fact for Popeye Meets The Man Who Hated Laughter – which was part of ABC’s Saturday Superstar Movie!

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When I stumbled on this I felt for a moment like I was reading an issue of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Moreover these early Defenders were joined by another King Features Syndicate hero – Milton Caniff’s Steve Canyon.

That is not even the most interesting part of it. The group that we would come to know as the Defenders of the Earth were brought together for a very special mission.

The Defenders of the Earth circa 1972.

In Popeye Meets The Man Who Hated Laughter, the US government asked the team to locate missing comic strip characters. Such as Blondie and Dagwood.

Beetle Bailey and Sarge.

As well as Popeye and Olive Oyl of course!

To say nothing of characters from Henry, Hi and Lois, Tiger and Prince Valiant. In addition to Bringing Up Father, Little Iodine, Snuffy Smith, and more.

Popeye Meets the Man Who Hated Laughter concerns itself with the villainous Professor Morbid Grimsby. A wretch who plans on banishing all laughter in the world – aided by a super computer as well as Popeye’s nemesis, Brutus. Inviting the cast of comic strip superstars aboard a yacht – the S.S. Hilarious. Taking them to the island hideaway of Professor Grimsby, where they will be his prisoners.

It’s up to the proto-Defenders of the Earth to locate the missing characters. Now in view of just how awesome this TV special really is, I should warn you about something. The sound isn’t that good. But in all honesty we are all incredibly lucky that Stupid Dim Bulb was able to upload this rare 1972 movie.

While it would take the Defenders of the Earth 13 years in fact to return to animation. Popeye was back in action in 1978 with The All New Popeye Hour!

[Via] Cartoons Intro

Retroist Means - Vic Sage

What The Retroist Means To Me By Vic Sage

With 2016 all but at an end. I’m sure like many of you there is a sense of fatigue – a welcoming of the closing of the year. Which is certainly why I felt it best today to avoid the negative. Embrace not the cynicism – however easy that option is but instead talk about what The Retroist means to me.

[Via] Steve Sharp

What The Retroist means to me.

You would think that for a person that can write over a thousand words on Dr. Doom it would be easier. On the contrary trying to put my feelings for The Retroist site down is proving rather taxing.

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of The Retroist site is – acceptance. Moreover how I found a community that embraces the very things I cherish. Movies, video games, cartoons and more.
Retroist Means to Me - Buckaroo Banzai
An all-encompassing understanding that what I might find extremely neat. Will in addition ring true with many of you as well. I hadn’t realized I was missing this in my own life until I was allowed to join the site back in 2010. Certainly my friends would listen about my love of things past but they didn’t have the same yearning to discuss it. It was when I began sharing on this site, I learned I wasn’t quite as alone in my appreciation of things nostalgic as I thought.

One of my first articles for The Retroist was a review of the Atari 2600 port of Nintendo’s Popeye. In fact it was the wish for an Atari 2600 version of Kolchak: The Night Stalker that landed me a spot here on the site!
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Friends, back in 2009 I had decided to throw my hat into the blogging ring. I came up with a place on the internet entitled In my youth, victory was a power pellet. The whole point of the blog in fact was a place to avoid clogging up the e-mail of my friends. Like sharing my excitement over Brickshelf’s LEGO Predator bust!

Image courtesy of Brickshelf.

Thanks to a post on my blog about that non-existent Kolchak: The Night Stalker Atari 2600 cartridge, the Retroist invited me to write for the site. No demands where made on what I could discuss beyond it being a family friendly site as well as having something to do with things retro. I’m not sure I can properly describe the joy I felt at being welcomed by not just the readership but my fellow writers. Many that I would quickly become friends with and still chat on Facebook to this day.

Equally important was how the Retroist treated me when I joined full time. I was absolutely naive, friends. No one had taken the time to explain that you should give credit when sharing artwork or videos. And how overwhelming it all seemed back then. I didn’t know a thing about embedding videos or adding links and such. Every single day, the Retroist would patiently explain the way a blogger should behave. Not once did he lose his temper with me nor anyone who was contributing to the site.

But what does The Retroist mean to me?
The Retroist is quite simply my extended and global online Family. Without a doubt the community here is one of the best. Appreciating the joy of simply sharing the things that are of interest from the past. I cherish it, I truly do. I’ll never be able to properly thank the Retroist for letting me experience that.

Without the Retroist paving the way with his 202 podcasts. I never would have had the guts to attempt Saturday Frights, Retro Radio Memories, Projectionist’s Sinister Tales of Terror, or the Diary of an Arcade Employee podcasts. Every step of the way…the Retroist was there to guide me. Along with others, helping to craft the podcasts so that The Retroist site had more to offer.

At last count there were 14,312 posts on The Retroist. Just between you and me, I believe the Retroist himself has been doing some pruning. As I recall a couple of months back it was in the 20,000 range. Furthermore I’ve been fortunate enough to contribute 3,001 of those posts. Not one time has the Retroist asked for help covering the costs of paying the server fees.

What The Retroist means to me!


I’m kind of rambling here. But in all honesty The Retroist feels like my home – where I belong. Thanks to the site I have found my place in the world where I can be creative…and myself. I think you will see from the earlier posts today by Allison Venezio, Gary Burton, RetroArt and the Nerdy Blogger. They all feel the same. I want to thank them for agreeing to this little tribute today to The Retroist site. As well as to all of you for visiting every day – enjoying what all of us writers have to talk about and share.

Most importantly I want to thank the Retroist. For his mentoring but more importantly for his friendship and letting me be much more than I would be if I wasn’t writing on The Retroist. Thanks for six wonderful years, my friend – I’m looking forward to what we the site holds in 2017.