A 1936 Fleischer Studios Popeye cartoon, this particular film was twice as long (16 minutes) as the usual short.
Popeye the Sailor Meets Sinbad the Sailor opened on the Island of Sinbad, completely guarded by asps, wild dogs, dragons, vultures, and lions posted at the main entrance of the compound. Sinbad declared that he was the “greatest sailor in the world,” and boasted of his prowess.
Reminiscent of the queen in Snow White, Sinbad asked rhetorically, “Who is the most extraordinary fellow?” The answer came in the toot of a pipe whistle and a voice in the distance singing, “I’m Popeye the Sailor man.” Through a telescope, Sinbad saw Popeye cruising by the island in his boat, Wimpy onboard grinding and cooking hamburgers, Olive Oyl sunning.
Enraged, Sinbad ordered a very large vulture to wreck the ship and bring him Olive. As the bird easily dispatched the boat and headed back to shore, screamed for help.
Spotting his new rival “smooching” Olive against her will, Popeye began swimming to the island, Wimpy in one arm eating a hamburger. Once on land, Wimpy spotted a duck and followed through the rest of the film, trying to get him in his hamburger grinder.
Boring through the castle wall, Popeye saw Sinbad playing a flute, making Olive dance. His first words were, “Hey, I wants me guyl.” Sinbad, once again, revived his ego driven routine about how great he was and had all his vicious animals show themselves as a reminder of his power.
A fight ensued and it did not look promising for Popeye when Sinbad punched him into the waiting arms of the big buzzard. Popeye turned the tables temporarily though, turning the monstrous bird into a turkey on a platter.
Ultimately, the two clashed directly as Sinbad’s animals circled and watched. Popeye’s nemesis was easily getting the best of Olive’s hero, turning him into a punching bag, until a can of spinach “turned the tides.”