Released March 22nd 1940, Stealin’ Ain’t Honest is the 79th Fleischer Studios Popeye cartoon. Produced in Miami Florida, by the Tom Johnson unit, it’s one of the cartoons that pursues the adventure feel of the comic strip – or the two-reelers.
Below is one of those storyboards (or beat sheets or “director’s rough layout”) which allows us to see the process – and identifies the animators of each scene. Frank Endres, Hal Walker, Abner Kneitel, Jake (Jack Ozark), and Graham Place do the animation. Margie Hines voices Olive Oyl, and writer Tedd Pierce fills in as Bluto. Jack Mercer, of course, is Popeye and its interesting to compare the dialogue scripted below with the ad libs in the finished film. (click on thumbnails below to enlarge – and follow along with the cartoon embed below that):