Monday, February 16, 2015

Daytime Heroes: Popeye vs......Swee'pea? (A Mite of Trouble, 1961)

King Features Syndicate divided the production of their run of Popeye shorts between the remnants of Famous Studios, Gene Deitch's Rembrandt Studios, and Larry Harmon (with Filmation co-founders Lou Scheimer & Hal Sutherland), in addition to Jack Kinney's staff, during the 60's. Longtime Famous writer-director Seymour Kneitel is at the helm for "A Mite of Trouble", co-written by Jack Mercer (Popeye). The Sea Hag arranges for Swee'pea to be subbed out for a cigar chomping midget double, creating a real headache for Popeye.

Sea Hag, until 1960, hadn't been used in the shorts, but proved to be a persistent pain in the butt.

Rating: B.

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