Not much to boast this week. The misfires were unfortunately becoming prevalent in the Popeye series. Flies Ain’t Human (released on April 4th) set a standard for appropriating Popeye for “Donald Duck stories,” pitting him against animal adversaries. The writers seemed content at lowering the bar with the concept with just about every entry, save Dan Gordon’s The Hungry Goat. (There are many contenders for “worst” Famous Popeye, but the 1949 Flies remake, The Fly’s Last Flight, is a strong contender.)
The advertised two-reeler (!) Raggedy Ann and Andy (the film was released on April 11th) started a very active trend of aiming cartoons squarely at children that would ultimately eclipse all of the cartoons bearing Paramount’s name by the end of the decade. April 23’s panel is also unintentionally ironic, because grandma funerals are generally funnier than a Gabby cartoon.