This article is about the animated short. For a catalog of sayings, see List of catchphrases.

Popeye title card
I Yam What I Yam is the first cartoon in Fleischer Studios's Popeye series, following the introductory Popeye the Sailor, which was presented as part of their Betty Boop series. Like its predecessor, it was released in 1933.


Popeye, Olive Oyl and J. Wellington Wimpy are travelling the seas in a rowboat during a fierce rainstorm, with Olive doing all the rowing. After Popeye scares away the storm clouds, they reach dry land and Popeye builds a log cabin by simply punching some trees. Wimpy suggests he also go find some ducks for their dinner. Popeye leaves, running into some hostile Indian warriors and fighting them off. More warriors are found hunting ducks at a pond, and Popeye manages to take all the ducks from them. Meanwhile, other Indians surround the cabin, to the horror of Olive and Wimpy. The latter flees, meeting Popeye along the way and then the ducks, then chasing after them. Popeye reaches the cabin and tries to protect Olive, but is showered with arrows. At this point he proceeds to eat his spinach (and the can as well) and defeat most of the warriors, although their chief lunges at him. This last "Indian" is then defeated and revealed to be none other than Mahatma Gandhi.

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