Popeye Meets William Tell (1940) - Popeye the Sailor Theatrical Cartoon Series

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Popeye Meets William Tell

Alternate Title: Wee Willie Tell

Popeye Meets William Tell (Wee Willie Tell) (1940) - Popeye the Sailor Theatrical Cartoon Series Popeye Meets William Tell

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  • Popeye the Sailor Theatrical Cartoon SeriesTheatricalSeriesCartoon
  • Traditional Animation
  • Fleischer Studios
  • Distributed by: Paramount Studios
  • Cartoon Characters: Popeye, William Tell, Gessler, The Royal Executioner.
  • Voice Actors: Jack Mercer.
  • Directed By Dave Fleischer, Shamus Culhane.
  • Produced By Max Fleischer, Adolph Zukor.
  • Animated By Al Eugster.
  • Originally Released on September 20, 1940.
  • Originally Released Theatrically.
  • Running Time: 6:18 minutes.
  • Black & White
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.

Cartoon Summary:

When William Tell can't bring forth his son for a display of his archery talents, the evil dictator Gessler orders the archer to be killed. Popeye takes the place Tell's son, and has the archer shoot an apple off of his head. When Gessler discovers the deception,...  (more)

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"Wee Willie Tell (Working Title)."

This cartoon resumes the use of a redesigned "shipboard" series title card. This special title card was used through "Popeye Presents Eugene, the Jeep." A picture of Groucho Marx is seen in...  (more)

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The title suggests another epic concept that could have become another Popeye two-reel Special. Instead it devolved into a badly conceived cartoon directed by Shamus Culhane which totally violates Popeye's characer.He willingly bows down to...  (read more)

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Regrettably, this is the bottom of the barrel for the Fleischer Popeye series. Shamus Culhane--who started at Fleischer, moved west to refine his craft at Disney, then moved south to Fleischer's new Miami studio--tells in his memoirs of actually...  (read more)

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