The hawking of Popeye’s Navy pictures is now in full-swing. At this point, the sales department gave up on putting a positive spin on the Fleischers’ original characters and concepts. Besides the financial strain, the Fleischers delivering potboiler after potboiler was an obvious factor in the seismic overhaul of the day-to-day operations. At this point the studio was the Fleischers’ in name only: they were the active producers, but the Miami studio was now Paramount’s.
Open question: did anyone ever ask the Fleischer/Famous alumni why they rarely switched back to the original sailor outfit? Easier to paint, perhaps?
July-August 1941 (click each to enlarge)
Above PEST PILOT – released August 8th 1941