This article is about the animated short. For the characters, see Pipeye, Peepeye, Poopeye and Pupeye.
We are first introduced to Popeye's nephews Pipeye, Peepeye, Poopeye, and Pupeye, as they have lunch along with their uncle. After they finish their soup, Popeye goes to the kitchen to serve the main course, spinach. Meanwhile, the boys try to sneak away, grabbing their fishing rods on the way out. Popeye notices and climbs down the building's nine floors to intercept them. Back in the apartment, the kids refuse to eat the vegetable, saying "But-we-don't like-spinach" when Popeye asks them if they wanted to grow up to be as big and strong as their uncle. Popeye admits that spinach endows him with enough strength to perform impossible stunts such as playing the piano like a virtuoso, which he does after making use of his spinach can. As they remain unconvinced, he produces a second can, that allows him to dance like "Fred Upstairs." This does not convince the boys either. He then demonstrates the moves of a prizefighter after downing the contents of a third spinach can, to no more avail than the first two were, so he threatens to spank the boys if they do not eat their spinach. They do not change their stance so Popeye, in tears, says, "I hates to do this, but what has to be, has to be" then puts them over his knees in a pile and spanks them. Later, all five are still sobbing as the vegetables are finally consumed, which does, in fact, empower the kids. They are then able to play the piano as did Popeye, until it breaks, providing them with the wooden pieces with which to spank their uncle. They say, "We hates to do this, but what has to be, has to be" before they bash him all through the apartment and all the way down the building. Then, they simply leave to go fishing, walking over him. As the screen irises out, they then appear, one at a time, singing one word, "But," "We," "Don't," "Like," and (together): "Spinach!" and zoom offscreen.
- This and Nix on Hypnotricks are the only theatrical shorts after Popeye's joining the Navy in The Mighty Navy to show him wearing his original outfit from the comics (save from a few flashback-oriented cartoons from Famous Studios).
- Pip-eye, Pup-eye, Poop-eye an' Peep-eye at the Internet Movie Database