The Football Toucher-Downer (1937)

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In his efforts to convince Swee'pea to eat his spinach, Popeye flashes back to his own childhood, when he played a game of backyard football against the formidable opposition of Bluto and his fellow bullies. The youthful Popeye proves no match for his brawny opponent until he downs a can of spinach--and then it's every man (or every kid) for himself. The "early" versions of Popeye, Bluto, Olive Oyl and Wimpy are a joy to behold, as is a remarkable sight gag in which the adult Popeye "devolves" to his younger self before our very eyes. Some sources claim that Jackson Beck, who was later heard as the voice of Bluto in the color "Popeye" entries of the 1940s and 1950s, makes his cartoon debut in this episode.