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Popeye (Thimble Theatre)

A Popeye comic book cover, featuring Popeye with his characteristic corncob pipe and single good eye, and his girlfriend Olive Oyl.
Author(s) E.C. Segar (creator, 1919 – 1937, 1938)
Doc Winner (1937, 1938)
Tom Sims & Bela Zamboly (1938 - 1955)
Ralph Stein & Bela Zamboly (1955 – 1959)
Bud Sagendorf (1959 – 1994)
Bobby London (1986 – 1992)
Hy Eisman (1994 – present)
Website http://www.popeye.com/
Current status / schedule New strips on Sundays, reprints Monday through Saturday
Launch date 1919-12-19
End Date 1992-07-30 (date of last daily strip, Sunday strips continue)
Syndicate(s) King Features Syndicate
Genre(s) Humor, adventure

Popeye the Sailor is a comic strip character, later featured in popular animated cartoons. He was created by Elzie Crisler Segar,[1] and first appeared in the daily King Features comic strip Thimble Theatre on January 17, 1929. Popeye can refer to: Popeye, a cartoon character. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Popeye-comic-book-cover. ... G. H. Hardy smoking a pipe of tobacco A smoking pipe for tobacco smoking typically consists of a small chamber (the bowl) for the combustion of the tobacco to be smoked and a thin stem (shank) that ends in a mouthpiece (the bit). ... Olive Oyl in Little Swee Pea (1936). ... For other uses, see Author (disambiguation). ... Elzie Crisler Segar (born December 8, 1894 - died October 13, 1938) was an American cartoonist who created the famous comic-strip character Popeye in 1929. ... Tom Sims is a pioneer and world champion of snowboarding, originally from Haddonfield, New Jersey. ... Forrest Bud Sagendorf (March 22, 1915 - September 22, 1994) was an American cartoonist, best known for his work on King Features Syndicates Thimble Theatre Starring Popeye comic strip. ... Bobby London (1950 - ) is an underground comix and mainstream comics artist. ... Hy Eisman (born March 27, 1927) is an American cartoonist. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Year 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... is the 353rd day of the year (354th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 211th day of the year (212th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... King Features 1951 Christmas card King Features Syndicate, a print syndication company owned by The Hearst Corporation, distributes about 150 comic strips, newspaper columns, editorial cartoons, puzzles and games to nearly 5000 newspapers around the world. ... The webcomic genres are the types of themes a webcomic can take. ... This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ... An animated cartoon is a short, hand-drawn (or made with computers to look similar to something hand-drawn) film for the cinema, television or computer screen, featuring some kind of story or plot (even if it is a very short one). ... Elzie Crisler Segar (born December 8, 1894 - died October 13, 1938) was an American cartoonist who created the famous comic-strip character Popeye in 1929. ... King Features Syndicate is a syndication company owned by The Hearst Corporation; it distributes about 150 comic strips, newspaper columns, editorial cartoons, puzzles and games to thousands of newspapers around the world. ... is the 17th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Segar's first Thimble Theatre strip was published on December 19, 1919. Shortly after Popeye's introduction the sailor quickly became the main focus of the strip and Thimble Theatre became one of King Features' most popular strips during the 1930s. Thimble Theatre was carried on after Segar's death in 1938 by several writers and artists, including Segar's assistant Bud Sagendorf. The strip, now titled Popeye, continues to appear in first-run installments in Sunday papers, written and drawn by Hy Eisman. is the 353rd day of the year (354th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... The 1930s (years from 1930–1939) were described as an abrupt shift to more radical and conservative lifestyles, as countries were struggling to find a solution to the Great Depression, also known as the World Depression. ... Forrest Bud Sagendorf (March 22, 1915 - September 22, 1994) was an American cartoonist, best known for his work on King Features Syndicates Thimble Theatre Starring Popeye comic strip. ... Hy Eisman (born March 27, 1927) is an American cartoonist. ...


In 1933, Max and Dave Fleischer's Fleischer Studios adapted the Thimble Theatre characters into a series of Popeye the Sailor theatrical cartoon shorts for Paramount Pictures. These cartoons proved to be among the most popular of the 1930s, and the Fleischers - and later Paramount's own Famous Studios - continued production through 1957. Max Fleischer (July 19, 1883–September 11, 1972) was an important pioneer in the development of the animated cartoon. ... David Fleischer (July 14, 1894 – June 25, 1979) was a German-American animator of Jewish ancestry, film director, and film producer, best known as a co-owner of Fleischer Studios with his older brother Max Fleischer as well as uncle to director Richard Fleischer. ... Fleischer Studios, Inc. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... Famous Studios logo, as seen during the opening credits of a 1950s Popeye the Sailor cartoon. ...


Since then, Popeye has appeared in comic books, television cartoons, a 1980 live-action film (Popeye, directed by Robert Altman), arcade and video games, and hundreds of advertisements and peripheral products. Popeye is a 1980 live-action film directed by Robert Altman, based on the comic strip and cartoon character Popeye the Sailor. ... For other persons named Robert Altman, see Robert Altman (disambiguation). ...

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Fictional character biography

In most appearances to date (except during the World War II era), Popeye is a middle-aged independent sailor (or "sailor man," as he puts it) with a unique way of speaking, muscular forearms with two (sometimes one) anchor tattoos, thinning red hair, and an ever-present corncob pipe (which he toots like a steamship's whistle at times). Despite some mistaken characterizations over the years, Popeye is generally depicted as having only one blue eye, his left. (In at least one Fleischer cartoon, Bluto refers to Popeye as a "one-eyed runt.") It has never been revealed specifically how Popeye lost his right eye, though he claims it was in "the mos' arful battle" of his life. (Later versions of the character would have both eyes, with one of them merely being squinty, or "squinky" as he put it). This article is about maritime crew. ... Youth with pipe by Hendrick Jansz Terbrugghen A pipe is a tool used for smoking. ... toot toot toot ... Paddle steamers - Lucerne-Switzerland Left: original paddlewheel from a paddle steamer on the lake of Lucerne. ... For other uses, see Whistle (disambiguation). ...


Popeye's strange, comedic, and often supernatural adventures take him all over the world, and place him in conflict with enemies such as the Sea Hag and Bluto. His main base of operations is the fictional town of Sweet Haven. Popeye's father is the degenerate Poopdeck Pappy, who does not share his son's moral righteousness and is represented as having abandoned Popeye in some sources. Popeye's sweetheart (and in some sources, wife) for over 77 years has been Olive Oyl, although the two characters often bickered, especially at the beginning of Popeye's appearances. Popeye is the adoptive father of Swee'Pea, an infant foundling left on his doorstep. (Sweet Pea is a term of affection used by Popeye; in the cartoon We Aim to Please, he addressed Olive Oyl as "Sweet Pea" at one point.) Bluto, in Im in the Army Now (1936) Bluto is a cartoon character created in 1933 by Fleischer Studios for its Popeye the Sailor theatrical animated series. ... Poopdeck Pappy is a fictional character featured in the Popeye cartoons. ... Olive Oyl in Little Swee Pea (1936). ... SweePea is a character in E.C. Segars comic strip Thimble Theatre and in the Popeye cartoon series derived from it. ... Child abandonment or the practice of abandoning ones offspring outside of legal adoption is a long standing social ill. ...


In addition to a gravelly voice and a casual attitude toward grammar, Popeye is known for having an apparent speech impediment (a common character-distinguishing device in early cartoons), which either comes naturally or is caused by the ever-present pipe in his mouth. Among other things, he has problems enunciating a trailing "t". Thus, "fist" becomes "fisk" (as sung in his song, which makes it conveniently rhyme with "risk") and "infant" becomes "infink". This speech impediment even found its way into some of the titles of the cartoons.


Popeye is depicted as having superhuman strength, though the nature of his strength changes depending on which medium he is represented in. Originally, the comic-strip Popeye revealed that he had gained his strength by rubbing the head of the rare Whiffle Hen. He later said he was strong because he ate spinach. The animated shorts attributed Popeye's strength to what condition he was in. Even in his most normal everyday condition he was ridiculously strong, but if he became worn out or beaten, he would eat spinach which would restore and amplify his strength to an even greater level (at normal strength Popeye appears capable of lifting or pressing approximately 4000 lbs; when amplified by spinach he can lift or press about 36 tons). Other differences in Popeye's story and characterization show up depending upon which medium he is presented in. While Swee'Pea is definitively the adopted child of Popeye in the comic strips, he is often depicted as being related to Olive Oyl in cartoons. The cartoons also occasionally feature family members of Popeye that have never appeared in the strip, notably Peepeye, Pupeye, Pipeye, and Poopeye, his look-alike nephews.


Thimble Theatre and Popeye comic strips

Popeye's first appearance in Thimble Theatre, January 17, 1929.

Thimble Theatre was created by King Features Syndicate comic writer/artist E.C. Segar, and was his third published strip. The strip first appeared in the New York Journal, a newspaper operated by King Features owner William Randolph Hearst, on December 19, 1919 before later expanding into more papers. In its early years, the strip featured characters acting out various stories and scenarios in theatrical style (hence the strip's name). Image File history File links The first appearance of Popeye in the Thimble Theater daily strip (1929). ... Image File history File links The first appearance of Popeye in the Thimble Theater daily strip (1929). ... is the 17th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... King Features 1951 Christmas card King Features Syndicate, a print syndication company owned by The Hearst Corporation, distributes about 150 comic strips, newspaper columns, editorial cartoons, puzzles and games to nearly 5000 newspapers around the world. ... Elzie Crisler Segar (born December 8, 1894 - died October 13, 1938) was an American cartoonist who created the famous comic-strip character Popeye in 1929. ... The New York Journal American was a newspaper purchased by William Randolph Hearst in 1895 (at the time called the New York Morning Journal, then the New York Journal). ... For other people named William Randolph Hearst, see William Randolph Hearst (disambiguation) William Randolph Hearst I (April 29, 1863 – August 14, 1951) was an American newspaper magnate. ... is the 353rd day of the year (354th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ...


Thimble Theatre's first main characters/actors were the thin Olive Oyl and her boyfriend, Harold Hamgravy. After the strip moved away from its initial focus, it settled into a comedy-adventure style featuring Olive, Ham Gravy, and Olive's enterprising brother Castor Oyl. Olive's parents, Cole and Nana Oyl, also made frequent appearances. Olive Oyl in Little Swee Pea (1936). ... Castor Oyl is a cartoon character, created in 1919 by cartoonist Elzie Crisler Segar for his comic strip Thimble Theater, now known as Popeye. ...


Popeye first appeared in the strip on January 17, 1929 as a minor character. He was initially hired by Castor Oyl and Ham to crew a ship for a voyage to Dice Island, the location of a casino owned by the crooked gambler Fadewell. Castor intended to break the bank at the casino using the unbeatable good luck conferred by stroking the hairs on the head of Bernice the Whiffle Hen. Weeks later, on the trip back, Popeye was shot many times by a stooge of Fadewell's but survived by rubbing Bernice's head. is the 17th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The Popeye character became so popular that he was given a larger role, and the strip was expanded into many more newspapers as a result. Though initial strips presented Olive Oyl as being less than impressed with Popeye, she eventually left Ham Gravy to become Popeye's girlfriend. Over the years, however, she has often displayed a fickle attitude towards the sailor. Castor Oyl continued to come up with get-rich-quick schemes and enlisted Popeye in his misadventures.


In 1933, Popeye received a foundling baby in the mail, whom he adopted and named "Swee'Pea". Other regular characters in the strip were J. Wellington Wimpy, a moocher and a hamburger lover who would "gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today" (he was also soft-spoken and cowardly, hence his name); George W. Geezil, a local cobbler who spoke in a heavily affected accent and habitually attempted to murder or wish death upon Wimpy; and Eugene the Jeep, a yellow, vaguely dog-like animal from Africa with magical powers. In addition, the strip featured the Sea Hag (a terrible pirate, as well as the last witch on earth), and Alice the Goon, a monstrous creature who entered the strip as the Sea Hag's henchman and continued as Swee'pea's baby sitter. Year 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Child abandonment is the practice of abandoning offspring outside of legal adoption. ... SweePea is a character in E.C. Segars comic strip Thimble Theatre and in the Popeye cartoon series derived from it. ... J. Wellington Wimpy, or just Wimpy, is one of the characters in the long-running comic strip, Thimble Theater, and in the Popeye cartoons based upon the strip. ... This article is about the food item. ... Cobbler may mean: a person who makes and repairs shoes and boots for a living. ... Eugene the Jeep is a character in the Thimble Theater comic strip, which stars Popeye. ... A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ... Alice the Goon is a character in E.C. Segars comic strip Thimble Theatre and in the Popeye cartoon series derived from it. ...


Segar's strip was quite different from the cartoons that followed. The stories were more complex, with many characters who never appeared in the cartoons (King Blozo, for example). Spinach-usage was rare and Bluto made only one appearance. Segar would sign some of his early Popeye comic strips with a cigar, due to his last name being a homonym of "cigar" (pronounced SEE-gar). Bluto, in Im in the Army Now (1936) Bluto is a cartoon character created in 1933 by Fleischer Studios for its Popeye the Sailor theatrical animated series. ... For the specialised use of homonym in scientific nomenclature, see Homonym (botany) and Homonym (zoology). ...


Thimble Theatre soon became one of King Features' most popular strips during the 1930s and (following an eventual name change to Popeye in the 1970s) remains one of the longest running strips in syndication today. The strip carried on after Segar's death in 1938, at which point he was replaced by a series of artists. In the 1950s, a spinoff strip was established, called Popeye the Sailorman. Acknowledging Popeye's growing popularity, the Thimble Theatre strip was re-named Thimble Theatre Starring Popeye during the 1960s and 1970s, and was eventually retitled, simply, Popeye, the name under which the strip continues to run. The 1930s (years from 1930–1939) were described as an abrupt shift to more radical and conservative lifestyles, as countries were struggling to find a solution to the Great Depression, also known as the World Depression. ...


Artists after Segar

After Segar's death in 1938, many different artists were hired to draw the strip. Tom Sims, the son of a Coosa River channel-boat captain, continued writing Thimble Theatre strips and established the Popeye the Sailorman spin-off. Doc Winner and Bela Zaboly, successively, handled the artwork during Sims's run. Eventually, Ralph Stein took over the writing, and wrote the comic strip until the series was taken over by Bud Sagendorf in 1958. Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Coosa River is the major tributary when it joins the Tallapoosa River near Wetumpka, Alabama to form the Alabama River. ... Forrest Bud Sagendorf (March 22, 1915 - September 22, 1994) was an American cartoonist, best known for his work on King Features Syndicates Thimble Theatre Starring Popeye comic strip. ...


Sagendorf wrote and drew the daily strip until 1986, and continued to write and draw the Sunday strip until his death in 1994. Sagendorf, who had been Segar's assistant, made a definite effort to retain much of Segar's classic style, although his art is instantly discernible. Sagendorf continued to use many obscure characters from the Segar years, especially O.G. Wotasnozzle and King Blozo. Sagendorf's new characters, such as the Thung, also had a very Segar-like quality. What set Sagendorf apart from Segar more than anything else was his sense of pacing. Where plotlines moved very quickly with Segar, it would sometimes take an entire week of Sagendorf's daily strips for the plot to be advanced even a small amount. See also Comic strip and Sunday strip. ... See also Comic strip and Daily strip. ...


From 1986 to 1992, the daily strip was written and drawn by Bobby London, who after some controversy was fired from the strip for a story that could be taken to satirize abortion [3]. London's strips put Popeye and his friends in updated situations, but kept the spirit of Segar's original. One classic storyline, titled "The Return of Bluto", showed the sailor battling every version of the bearded bully from the comic strip, comic books and animated films. The Sunday edition of the comic strip is currently drawn by Hy Eisman, who took over in 1994. The daily strip began featuring reruns of Sagendorf's strips after London was fired, and continues to do so today. Bobby London (1950 - ) is an underground comix and mainstream comics artist. ... Hy Eisman (born March 27, 1927) is an American cartoonist. ...


Theatrical cartoons

In November 1932, King Features signed an agreement with Fleischer Studios, run by producer Max Fleischer and his brother, director Dave Fleischer, to have Popeye and the other Thimble Theatre characters begin appearing in a series of animated cartoons. The first cartoon in the series would be released in 1933, and Popeye cartoons, released by Paramount Pictures, would remain a staple of Paramount's release schedule for over twenty years. Fleischer Studios, Inc. ... Max Fleischer (July 19, 1883–September 11, 1972) was an important pioneer in the development of the animated cartoon. ... David Fleischer (July 14, 1894 – June 25, 1979) was a German-American animator of Jewish ancestry, film director, and film producer, best known as a co-owner of Fleischer Studios with his older brother Max Fleischer as well as uncle to director Richard Fleischer. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ...


The plot lines in the animated cartoons tended to be simpler than those presented in the comic strips, and the characters slightly different. A villain, usually Bluto, made a move on Popeye's "sweetie", Olive Oyl. The bad guy then clobbered Popeye until Popeye ate spinach, giving him superhuman strength. Thus empowered, the sailor made short work of the villain. Bluto, in Im in the Army Now (1936) Bluto is a cartoon character created in 1933 by Fleischer Studios for its Popeye the Sailor theatrical animated series. ... Olive Oyl in Little Swee Pea (1936). ... Binomial name Spinacia oleracea L. Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults. ...


The animated Popeye shorts were the first stories to suggest that Popeye's enormous strength came from a love of spinach; in the Thimble Theatre strips, Popeye was depicted as disliking the vegetable (a theme later picked up in the Robert Altman Popeye film). The 1954 Popeye cartoon Greek Mirthology depicts the fictional origin of spinach consumption in Popeye's family. Popeye's Greek ancestor, Hercules, originally sniffed garlic to gain his supernatural powers. When the evil Brutus removes the scent of the garlic using chlorophyll (an obvious incongruity), Hercules ends up getting punched into a spinach field, and, upon eating the leafy green substance, finds it empowers him many times more than garlic. For other persons named Robert Altman, see Robert Altman (disambiguation). ... Popeye is a 1980 live-action film directed by Robert Altman, based on the comic strip and cartoon character Popeye the Sailor. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Hercules (disambiguation). ... Binomial name L. Allium sativum L., commonly known as garlic, is a species in the onion family Alliaceae. ... Chlorophyll is a green pigment found in most plants, algae, and cyanobacteria. ...


Many of the Thimble Theatre characters, including Wimpy, Poopdeck Pappy, and Eugene the Jeep, eventually made appearances in the Paramount cartoons, though appearances by Olive Oyl's extended family and Ham Gravy were notably absent. Popeye was also given more family exclusive to the shorts, specifically his lookalike nephews, Pipeye, Pupeye, Poopeye, and Peepeye.


Fleischer Studios

Popeye in Fleischer's Little Swee' Pea (1936).

Popeye made his film debut in Popeye the Sailor, a 1933 Betty Boop cartoon (Betty only makes a brief appearance, repeating her hula dance from Betty Boop's Bamboo Isle). It was for this short that Sammy Lerner's famous "I'm Popeye the Sailor Man" song was written. I Yam What I Yam became the first entry in the regular Popeye the Sailor series. Image File history File links Still frame from the animated cartoon Little Swee Pea (1936), fallen in the public domain. ... Image File history File links Still frame from the animated cartoon Little Swee Pea (1936), fallen in the public domain. ... Popeye the Sailor is a 1933 Fleischer Studios animated short, directed by Dave Fleischer. ... Betty Boop from the opening title sequence of the earliest entries in the Betty Boop Cartoons Betty Boop is an animated cartoon character appearing in the Talkartoon and Betty Boop series of films produced by Max Fleischer and released by Paramount Pictures. ... Hula kahiko performance in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Hula is often performed as a form of prayer at official state functions in Hawaii. ... Betty Boops Bamboo Isle is a 1932 Fleischer Studios Betty Boop animated short, directed by Dave Fleischer. ... It is a Popeye Theatrical Cartoon Short Starring William Costello (Popeye), Bonnie Poe (Olive Oyl) and William Pennell (American Indian, Additional Voices). ...


Songwriter Sammy Lerner composed a theme song, "I'm Popeye the Sailor Man", for the first Popeye cartoon, which became forever associated with the sailor. As one cartoon historian has observed, the song itself was inspired by the first two lines of the "Pirate King" song in Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta, The Pirates of Penzance: "For I am a Pirate King! (Hoorah for the Pirate King!)" The tune behind those two lines is identical to the "Popeye" song except for the high note on the first "King". Samuel Sammy Lerner (January 28, 1903 - December 13, 1989) was a Romanian-born songwriter for American and British musical theatre and film. ... The theme music of a radio or television program is a melody closely associated with the show, and usually played during the title sequence and/or end credits. ... W. S. Gilbert Arthur Sullivan Gilbert and Sullivan refers to the Victorian era partnership of librettist W. S. Gilbert (1836–1911) and composer Arthur Sullivan (1842–1900). ... Drawing of the Act I finale The Pirates of Penzance, or The Slave of Duty, is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. ...


For the first few cartoons, the opening-credits music consisted of an instrumental of "The Sailor's Hornpipe", followed by a vocal variation on "Strike Up the Band (Here Comes a Sailor)" substituting the words "for Popeye the Sailor" in the latter phrase. It was sung by a deep-voiced singer who sounds like the voice of the Bluto character. In the original cartoon, "Strike Up the Band for Popeye the Sailor" was sung twice in the opening credits, first by the deep-voiced singer and then by the voice of Betty Boop. Most of the cartoons after that opened with a bar from "The Sailor's Hornpipe" followed by an instrumental of a few lines from "I'm Popeye the Sailor Man". The typical opening credits showed a freeze-frame of a sailing ship on a stormy sea, with the cabin doors opening and closing several times to reveal the credits for that particular cartoon. As Betty Boop would fade from the movie screen as a result of the Hays Code being enforced in 1934, Popeye would also become the studio's star character as well. The Sailors Hornpipe (also known as The College Hornpipe and Jacks the Lad[1]) is a traditional hornpipe melody. ...


The character of Popeye was originally voiced by William "Billy" Costello, also known as "Red Pepper Sam". When Costello's behavior became a problem, he was replaced by former in-between animator Jack Mercer, beginning with King of the Mardi Gras in 1935. Both actors performed Popeye's gravelly voice in a similar style. Olive Oyl was voiced by a number of actresses, the most notable of which was Mae Questel, who also voiced Betty Boop. Questel eventually took over the part completely until 1938. William Pennell voiced Bluto during the series' first two years of production, with Gus Wickie assuming the role in 1935 and after Wickie's death, Pinto Colvig assumed the role of Bluto. William Billy Costello (1898-1971), a. ... An animator is an artist who creates multiple images called frames that form an illusion of movement called animation when rapidly displayed. ... Jack Mercer (January 13, 1909 – December 4, 1984), began his work in cartoons as an inbetweener, an apprentice animator at Fleicher Studios. ... Mae Questel (September 13, 1908 - January 4, 1998) was an American actress and voice artist. ... Gus Wickie(b. ... Vance DeBar Pinto Colvig was a vaudeville actor, radio actor, newspaper cartoonist, prolific movie voice actor, and circus performer whose schtick was playing clarinet off-key while mugging. ...

Popeye and Olive Oyl in A Date to Skate (1938).

Thanks to the film series, Popeye became even more of a sensation than he had in comic strips. During the mid-1930s, polls taken by theater owners proved Popeye more popular than Mickey Mouse. [4]In 1935, as Popeye was able to surpass Mickey Mouse in popularity, Paramount added to Popeye's popularity by sponsoring the "Popeye Club" as part of their Saturday matinée program, in competition of Mickey Mouse Clubs too. Popeye cartoons, including a sing-a-long special entitled Let's Sing With Popeye, were a regular part of the weekly meetings. For a 10-cent membership fee, club members were given a Popeye kazoo, a membership card, the chance to become elected as the Club's "Popeye" or "Olive Oyl" and opportunities to win other valuable gifts. Despite Popeye's popularity, Disney was able to put Mickey back on top by giving him more audience appeal by partially redesigning him and colorizing him as well[5]. Image File history File links Popeye-a-date-to-skate. ... Image File history File links Popeye-a-date-to-skate. ... Lets Sing With Popeye is a 1934 Screen Songs animated short, produced by Fleischer Studios and directed by Dave Fleischer. ... For the visual effects technology, see ZOO Digital Group. ...


The Popeye series, like other cartoons produced by the Fleischers, was noted for its urban feel (the Fleischers operated out of New York City), its manageable variations on a simple theme (Popeye loses Olive to bully Bluto and must eat his spinach and defeat him), and the characters' "under-the-breath" mutterings. The voices for Fleischer cartoons produced during the early and mid-1930s were recorded after the animation was completed. The actors, Mercer in particular, would therefore improvise lines that were not on the storyboards or prepared for the lip-sync. Even after the Fleischers began pre-recording dialog for lip-sync in the late-1930s, Mercer and the other voice actors would record ad-libbed lines while watching a finished copy of the cartoon.[2] New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...


Fleischer Studios produced 108 Popeye cartoons, 105 of them in black and white. The remaining three were two-reel (double-length) Technicolor adaptations of stories from the Arabian Nights billed as "Popeye Color Features": Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor (1936), Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves (1937), and Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp (1939). By 1938, Popeye would officially surpass Mickey as the most popular animated character as well[6]. Logo celebrating Technicolors 90th Anniversary Technicolor is the trademark for a series of color film processes pioneered by Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation (a subsidiary of Technicolor, Inc. ... Queen Scheherazade tells her stories to King Shahryar. ... Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor is a two-reel animated cartoon short subject in the Popeye Color Specials series, produced in Technicolor and released to theatres on November 27, 1936 by Paramount Pictures. ... Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Babas Forty Thieves is a two-reel animated cartoon short subject in the Popeye Color Specials series, produced in Technicolor and released to theatres on November 26, 1937 by Paramount Pictures. ... Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp is a two-reel animated cartoon short subject in the Popeye Color Specials series, produced in Technicolor and released to theatres on April 7, 1939 by Paramount Pictures. ...


The Fleischers moved their studio to Miami, Florida in September 1938 in order to weaken union control and take advantage of tax breaks. The Popeye series continued production, although a marked change was seen in the Florida-produced shorts: they were brighter and less detailed in their artwork, with attempts to bring the character animation closer to a Disney style. Mae Questel, having just started a family, refused to move to Florida, and Margie Hines, the wife of Jack Mercer, voiced Olive Oyl through the end of 1943. Gus Wickie died in 1938, and several other actors, among them Pinto Colvig (better known as the voice of Disney's Goofy), succeeded Wickie as the voice of Bluto between 1938 and 1943 until Jackson Beck settled in as the voice of Bluto. Despite the success Popeye gave Fleischer Studios, Disney was once again able to remain on top as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs became nationally distributed and became the most successful feature film up to 1938 as well; even after Snow White's run, Disney was able to boast Mickey's popularity again by redesigning him into his most popular image as production for the Fantasia segment Sorcerrer's Apprentice began by late 1938 as well[7]. As a result, Fleischer Studios decided to make features films too. Miami redirects here. ... Disney redirects here. ... Vance DeBar Pinto Colvig was a vaudeville actor, radio actor, newspaper cartoonist, prolific movie voice actor, and circus performer whose schtick was playing clarinet off-key while mugging. ... This article is about the Disney character. ... Jackson Beck (July 23, 1912 in Manhattan, New York - July 28, 2004 in Manhattan) was an American actor best known as the voice of Bluto in the Famous era Popeye theatrical shorts, as well as in the made-for-tv shorts made in the 1960s. ...


In 1941, with World War II becoming more of a source of concern in America, Popeye was enlisted into the U.S. Navy, as depicted in the 1941 short The Mighty Navy. His costume was changed from the black shirt and white neckerchief to an official white Navy suit, and Popeye continued to wear the Navy suit in animated cartoons until the 1960s. Popeye periodically appeared in his original costume when at home on shore leave, as in the 1942 entry Pip-Eye, Pup-Eye, Poop-Eye, An' Peep-Eye, which introduced his four identical nephews. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... USN redirects here. ...


Famous Studios

In 1941, the Fleischers gave their studio to Paramount as a collateral to pay off their debt left from some of their low-quality cartoons like Stone Age[8]. Fleischer Studios was dissolved in April 1942 when Max and Dave were both forced to resign from the company, as the brothers were also no longer able to cooperate with one another and studio co-owner Dave Fleischer had left Florida and moved to California to produce Screen Gems cartoons[9]. Paramount completely took over the studio and renamed it Famous Studios. Appointing Seymour Kneitel and Isadore Sparber as its heads, production was continued on the shorts. The early Famous-era shorts were often World War II themed, featuring Popeye fighting Nazis and Japanese soldiers. Famous Studios logo, as seen during the opening credits of a 1950s Popeye the Sailor cartoon. ... Seymour Kneitel (March 16, 1908 - July 30, 1964) was an American animator. ... Isadore Sparber was an American writer, director and producer of animated films. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Nazi Germany, or the Third Reich, commonly refers to Germany in the years 1933–1945, when it was under the firm control of the totalitarian and fascist ideology of the Nazi Party, with the Führer Adolf Hitler as dictator. ... A Norwegian soldier (a Corporal, armed with an MP-5) A soldier is a person who has enlisted with, or has been conscripted into, the armed forces of a sovereign country and has undergone training and received equipment to defend that country or its interests. ...


In late 1943, the Popeye series was moved to all-Technicolor production, beginning with Her Honor the Mare. Paramount moved the studio back to New York at this time, and Mae Questel re-assumed voice duties for Olive Oyl. Jack Mercer was drafted into the Navy during World War II. When he was unavailable to record his dialogue, Mae Questel stood in as the voice of Popeye, in addition to her role as Olive Oyl. Jackson Beck began voicing Bluto when the series went to color: he, Mercer, and Questel would continue to voice their respective characters into the 1960s. Over time, the Technicolor Famous shorts began to adhere even closer to the standard Popeye formula, and softened, rounder character designs - including an Olive Oyl design which gave the character high heels and an updated hairstyle - were evident by 1948. Logo celebrating Technicolors 90th Anniversary Technicolor is the trademark for a series of color film processes pioneered by Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation (a subsidiary of Technicolor, Inc. ... Jackson Beck (July 23, 1912 in Manhattan, New York - July 28, 2004 in Manhattan) was an American actor best known as the voice of Bluto in the Famous era Popeye theatrical shorts, as well as in the made-for-tv shorts made in the 1960s. ...


Theatrical Popeye cartoons on television

Famous/Paramount continued producing the Popeye series until 1957, with Spooky Swabs being the last of the 125 Famous shorts in the series. Paramount then sold the Popeye film back catalog to Associated Artists Productions (AAP). AAP was bought out by United Artists and later merged with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which was itself purchased by Turner Entertainment in 1986. Turner sold off the production end of MGM/UA in 1988, but retained the film catalog, giving it the rights to the theatrical Popeye library. Associated Artists Productions was a distributor of theatrical features and short subjects for television founded in 1953 and headed by Elliott Hyman. ... This article is about the film studio. ... For alternate meanings of MGM, see MGM (disambiguation). ... Turner Entertainment Company was established August 4, 1986 to oversee Turner Broadcastings film library after its acquisition of MGM/UA. In addition to the studio, Turner got its library, which included all of MGMs films, Warner Bros. ...


The black-and-white Popeye shorts were shipped to South Korea in 1985, where artists retraced them into color. The process made the shorts more marketable in the modern television era, but prevented the viewers from seeing the original Fleischer pen-and-ink work, as well as the three-dimensional backgrounds created by Fleischer's "Stereoptical" process. These colorized shorts began airing on Superstation WTBS in 1986 during their Tom & Jerry and Friends 90 minute weekday morning and hour long weekday afternoon shows. The retraced shorts were syndicated in 1987 on a barter basis, and remained available until the early 1990s. Turner merged with Time Warner in 1996, and Warner Bros. (through its Turner subsidiary) therefore currently controls the rights to the Popeye shorts. WPCH-TV, channel 17, is an independent television station in Atlanta, Georgia, owned by the Turner Broadcasting System subsidiary of Time Warner. ... Time Warner Inc. ... “WB” redirects here. ...

Popeye, Olive Oyl, and Bluto in a scene from Famous Studios' Floor Flusher (1953).

For many decades, viewers could only see a majority of the classic Popeye cartoons with altered opening and closing credits. AAP had, for the most part, replaced the original Paramount logos with their own, destroying the impact of their original theatrical presentation. In 2001, the Cartoon Network, under the supervision of animation historian Jerry Beck, created a new incarnation of The Popeye Show. The show aired the Fleischer and Famous Studios Popeye shorts in versions approximating their original theatrical releases by editing copies of the original opening and closing credits (taken or recreated from various sources) onto the beginnings and ends of each cartoon, or in some cases, in their complete, uncut original theatrical versions direct from such prints that originally contained the front-and-end Paramount credits. Image File history File links Popeye-floor-flusher. ... Image File history File links Popeye-floor-flusher. ... Bluto, in Im in the Army Now (1936) Bluto is a cartoon character created in 1933 by Fleischer Studios for its Popeye the Sailor theatrical animated series. ... For Cartoon Network outside of the United States, see Cartoon Network around the world. ... Jerry Beck (born February 9, 1955) is a well known animation historian, with ten books and numerous articles to his credit. ...


The series, which aired 135 Popeye shorts over forty-five episodes, also featured segments offering trivia about the characters, voice actors, and animators. The program aired without interruption until March 2004. The Popeye Show continued to air on Cartoon Network's spin-off network Boomerang until July 1st. 2007. The restored Popeye Show versions of the shorts are sometimes seen at revival film houses for occasional festival screenings. Boomerang is the name of at least four television networks. ...


Home video

MGM/UA Home Video had planned a VHS and Beta release of the Fleischer and Famous Studios cartoons in 1983. However, UA was informed by King Features Syndicate that only King Features had the legal right to release Popeye cartoons on video. United Artists did not challenge King Features' claim, and the release was canceled. While King Features owns the rights to the Popeye characters, and licensed the characters to appear in the Fleischer/Famous cartoons, King Features does not have any ownership in the films themselves. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed Top view of VHS cassette with front casing removed The Video Home System, better known by its abbreviation VHS, is a recording and playing standard. ... Sonys Betamax is the 12. ...


A clause in the original contract between Paramount Pictures and King Features stated that after ten years, the prints and negatives of the Popeye cartoons were to be destroyed, [3] a clause the syndicate had for all of its licensed properties. The clause was never enforced for Popeye.


While most of the Paramount Popeye catalog remained unavailable on video, a handful of Popeye cartoons from the 1930's through the 1950s had fallen into public domain and were made available on numerous low budget VHS tapes and later DVDs. Among these cartoons are a handful of the Fleischer black and whites, several 1950s Famous shorts, and all three Popeye Color Specials. When Turner Entertainment acquired the cartoons in 1986, a long and laborious legal struggle with King Features kept the majority of the original Popeye shorts from official video releases for more than twenty years. King Features instead opted to release a DVD boxed set of the 1960s made-for-television Popeye cartoons, which it retained the rights to, in 2004. The public domain comprises the body of all creative works and other knowledge—writing, artwork, music, science, inventions, and others—in which no person or organization has any proprietary interest. ...


In 2006, Warner Bros., which acquired the rights to the Popeye shorts following the Time Warner-Turner merger in 1996, reached an agreement with King Features Syndicate and its parent company Hearst Corporation. Warner Home Video announced it would release all of the Popeye cartoons produced for theatrical release between 1933 and 1957 on DVD, restored and uncut. The studio also plans to release DVD sets of the Popeye cartoons made for television in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, the rights to which are controlled by Hearst Entertainment. [4]. This is similar in most respects to the Looney Tunes Golden Collection DVD sets also released by Warner, except the Popeye shorts will be released in chronological order. “WB” redirects here. ... Time Warner Inc. ... King Features 1951 Christmas card King Features Syndicate, a print syndication company owned by The Hearst Corporation, distributes about 150 comic strips, newspaper columns, editorial cartoons, puzzles and games to nearly 5000 newspapers around the world. ... Hearst Tower, in September 2006 The Hearst Corporation is a privately-held American-based media conglomerate based in the Hearst Tower in New York City, USA. Founded by William Randolph Hearst as an owner of newspapers, the companys holdings now include a wide variety of media. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Looney Tunes Golden Collection is a yearly series of four-disc DVD box sets from Warner Bros. ...


The first of Warners' Popeye DVD sets, covering the cartoons released from 1933 until early 1938, was released on July 31, 2007. Popeye the Sailor: 1933-1938, Volume 1, a four-disc collector’s edition DVD, contains the first 60 Fleischer Popeye cartoons, including the color specials Popeye the Sailor Meets Sinbad the Sailor and Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba’s Forty Thieves. A second volume of Popeye cartoons from Warner Home Video, covering the cartoons from the rest of 1938 to the final black and white Popeye cartoon (released in 1943) is scheduled for release in June 2008. It will include the final color Popeye special Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp.[10] is the 212th day of the year (213th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


Original television cartoons

In 1960, King Features Syndicate commissioned a new series of Popeye cartoons, but this time for television syndication. Mercer, Questel, and Beck returned for this series, which was produced by a number of companies, including Jack Kinney Productions, Rembrandt Films, Larry Harmon Productions and Paramount Cartoon Studios (formerly Famous Studios). The artwork was streamlined and simplified for the television budgets, and 220 cartoons were produced in only two years, with the first set of them premiering in the autumn of 1960, and the last of them debuting during the 1961-1962 television season. Since King Features had exclusive rights to these Popeye cartoons, about half of them were released on DVD as a 75th anniversary Popeye boxed set in 2004. Jack Kinney (March 29, 1909 - February 9, 1992) was an American animator, director and producer of animated shorts. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Famous Studios, later renamed Paramount Cartoon Studios, was the animation division of the Hollywood film studio Paramount Pictures from 1942 to 1967. ...


For these cartoons, Bluto's name was changed to "Brutus," as King Features believed at the time that Paramount owned the rights to the name "Bluto." Many of the cartoons made by Paramount used plots and storylines taken directly from the comic strip sequences-as well as characters like King Blozo and the Sea Hag.[5] The 1960s cartoons have been issued on both VHS and DVD.


On September 9, 1978, The All-New Popeye Hour debuted on the CBS Saturday morning lineup. It was an hour-long animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, which tried its best to retain the style of the original comic strip (Popeye returned to his original costume and Brutus to his original name of Bluto), while complying with the prevailing content restrictions on violence. In addition to providing many of the cartoon scripts, Jack Mercer continued to voice Popeye, while Marilyn Schreffler and Allan Melvin became the new voices of Olive Oyl and Bluto, respectively. The All-New Popeye Hour ran on CBS until September 1981, when it was cut to a half-hour and retitled The Popeye and Olive Show. It was removed from the CBS lineup in September 1983, the year before Jack Mercer's death. These cartoons have also been released on VHS and DVD. During the time these cartoons were in production, CBS aired The Popeye Valentine's Day Special - Sweethearts at Sea on February 14 (St. Valentine's Day, of course!), 1979. In the UK, the BBC aired a half-hour version of The All-New Popeye Show, from the early-1980s to 2004. is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... Cartoon Network Studios, formerly known as Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc. ... Jack Mercer (January 13, 1909 – December 4, 1984), began his work in cartoons as an inbetweener, an apprentice animator at Fleicher Studios. ... Marilyn Schreffler (June 14, 1945 - January 7, 1988) is an American actress who has provided voice-overs for several animated programs, mostly for Hanna-Barbera Productions. ... Allan Melvin (born February 18, 1922) is an American actor with a long history of sitcom and voice-over work. ... Olive Oyl in Little Swee Pea (1936). ... Bluto, in Im in the Army Now (1936) Bluto is a cartoon character created in 1933 by Fleischer Studios for its Popeye the Sailor theatrical animated series. ... St. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ...


Popeye briefly returned to CBS in 1987 for Popeye and Son, another Hanna-Barbera series which featured Popeye and Olive as a married couple with a son named Popeye Jr., who hates but respects spinach. Maurice LaMarche performed Popeye's voice; Jack Mercer had died in 1984. The show lasted for one season. Popeye from an opening still from a 1950s Famous Studios cartoon short, with his characteristic corncob pipe and single good eye. ... Cartoon Network Studios, formerly known as Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc. ... Maurice LaMarche (born March 30, 1958) is a Canadian voice actor and former stand up comedian. ...

Popeye as he appeared in Drawn Together

In 2004, Lions Gate Entertainment produced a computer-animated television special, Popeye's Voyage: The Quest for Pappy, which was made to coincide with the 75th anniversary of Popeye. Billy West performed the voice of Popeye; after the first day of recording, his throat was so sore he had to return to his hotel room and drink honey. The uncut version was released on DVD on November 9, 2004; and was aired in a re-edited version on FOX on December 17, 2004 and again on December 30, 2005. Its style was influenced by the 1930s Fleischer cartoons, and featured Swee' Pea, Wimpy, Bluto (who is Popeye's friend in this version), Olive Oyl, Poopdeck Pappy, and The Sea Hag as its characters. On November 6, 2007, Lionsgate Entertainment will re-release Popeye’s Voyage on DVD with redesigned cover art. Image File history File linksMetadata Lemonaidswalk3. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Lemonaidswalk3. ... Drawn Together is an American animated television series that uses a sitcom format with a TV reality show setting. ... Lions Gate redirects here, for other meanings see Lions Gate (disambiguation)‎. Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation, (usually renderred as Lionsgate), (NYSE: LGF) is an American entertainment company which originated in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ... See also: Computer-generated imagery Computer animation is the art of creating moving images via the use of computers. ... Billy West (born William Richard West on April 16, 1952 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American voice actor, known for roles on shows such as The Ren and Stimpy Show and Futurama. ... For other uses, see Honey (disambiguation). ... is the 313th day of the year (314th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... FOX redirects here. ... December 17 is the 351st day of the year (352nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 364th day of the year (365th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1930s (years from 1930–1939) were described as an abrupt shift to more radical and conservative lifestyles, as countries were struggling to find a solution to the Great Depression, also known as the World Depression. ...


Popeye has made brief parody appearances in modern animated productions, including The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004), and the TV shows Drawn Together, Robot Chicken, South Park, The Simpsons,(in the episode "Jaws Wired Shut" for instance) and Family Guy. Popeye imitations are a frequent element of comedian Dave Coulier's routines, and were performed often during his co-starring role on the ABC sitcom Full House. The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie is a feature film based on Nickelodeons hit TV show SpongeBob SquarePants. ... Drawn Together is an American animated television series that uses a sitcom format with a TV reality show setting. ... Robot Chicken is an Emmy award-winning American stop motion animated television series produced by Stoopid Monkey, ShadowMachine Films, Williams Street, and Sony Pictures Digital, currently airing in the US as a part of Cartoon Networks Adult Swim line-up, in the United Kingdom and Ireland as part of... This article is about the TV series. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... Jaws Wired Shut is the ninth episode of the thirteenth season of The Simpsons. ... Family Guy is an Emmy Award-winning American animated television series about a dysfunctional family in the fictional town of Quahog, Rhode Island. ... David The Dave Lee Coulier (born September 21, 1959) is an American comedian, actor, and voice-over artist, best known for his portrayal of Joey Gladstone on Full House. ... This article is about the American broadcast network. ... This article is about the TV show. ...


Other media

The enormous success of Popeye as a comic-strip and animate character has led to appearances in many other forms.


Comic books

There have been a number of Popeye comic books, from Dell, King Comics, Gold Key Comics, Charlton Comics and others. In the Dell comics, Popeye became something like a freelance police assistant, fighting the mafia and Bluto's criminal activities. The new villains included the Ming dwarves, who were identical. A variety of artists have created Popeye comic book stories since then. For example, George Wildman drew Popeye stories for Charlton Comics from 1969 until the late 1970s. Dell Publishing was an American publisher of books, magazines, and comic books. ... King Comics was a short-lived comic book imprint of King Features Syndicate, and an attempt by King to publish comics of their own characters, rather then thru other publishers. ... Gold Key Comics was an imprint of Western Publishing cteated for comic books distributed to newstands. ... Big C logo, used from Sept. ... George Wildman is an artist who has worked in the comics industry. ... Big C logo, used from Sept. ...


In 1999, to celebrate Popeye's 70th anniversary, a one-shot comic book written by Peter David was released by Ocean Comics. Entitled The Wedding of Popeye and Olive Oyl, the comic book brought together a large portion of the casts of both the comic strip and the animated shorts, and Popeye and Olive Oyl were finally wed after decades of courtship. This marriage has not been reflected in all media since the comic was published, however. Peter Allen David (often abbreviated PAD) (born September 23, 1956) is an American writer, best known for his work in comic books and Star Trek novels. ...


Radio

Popeye and most of the major supporting cast members were also featured in a thrice-weekly 15-minute radio program named Popeye the Sailor. The Popeye radio program was broadcast over three different networks by two sponsors from 1935 to 1938. The show was broadcast Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights at 7:15pm. September 10, 1935 through March 28, 1936 on the NBC Red Network (87 episodes), initially sponsored by Wheatena, a whole-wheat breakfast cereal, which would routinely replace the spinach references. Announcer Kelvin Beech would sing, to composer Sammy Lerner's "Popeye" theme, "Wheatena is his diet / He asks you to try it / With Popeye the sailor man". Wheatena reportedly paid King Features Syndicate $1,200 per week. is the 253rd day of the year (254th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar). ... is the 87th day of the year (88th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the television network. ... This article is about the television network. ... Wheatena is an American high-fiber, toasted-wheat cereal that originated on Mulberry Street in New York City, New York, circa 1879, when a small bakery owner began roasting whole wheat, grinding it, and packaging it for sale under this brand name. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Samuel Sammy Lerner (January 28, 1903 - December 13, 1989) was a Romanian-born songwriter for American and British musical theatre and film. ... King Features 1951 Christmas card King Features Syndicate, a print syndication company owned by The Hearst Corporation, distributes about 150 comic strips, newspaper columns, editorial cartoons, puzzles and games to nearly 5000 newspapers around the world. ...


The show was then broadcast Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:15 – 7:30 p.m. on WABC, and ran from August 31, 1936 to February 26, 1937 (78 episodes). Once again, reference to spinach was conspicuously absent. Now Popeye would sing, "Wheatena's me diet / I ax ya to try it / I'm Popeye the Sailor Man".[6][7] WCBS (880 kHz), often referred to as WCBS Newsradio 880, is a radio station in New York City. ... is the 243rd day of the year (244th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 57th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The third series was sponsored by the maker of "Popsicle" three nights a week for 15 minutes at 6:15pm on CBS from May 2, 1938 through July 29, 1938. Out of the three series, only 20 of the 204 episodes are still known to exist. This article is about a brand of ice pop. ...


Film

Main article: Popeye (film)

Director Robert Altman used the character in Popeye, a 1980 live-action musical feature film starring Robin Williams as Popeye, Paul Smith as Bluto and Shelley Duvall as Olive Oyl, with songs penned by Harry Nilsson. The script was by Jules Feiffer, a big fan of the original strips. Many of the characters created by Segar appeared in the film, a co-production of Paramount Pictures and Walt Disney Productions. The film was Williams's first. The village the film was filmed in was built in northern Malta in the village 'Mellieha'. It is still an advertised attraction today, having been opened to the public. Popeye is a 1980 live-action film directed by Robert Altman, based on the comic strip and cartoon character Popeye the Sailor. ... For other persons named Robert Altman, see Robert Altman (disambiguation). ... Popeye is a 1980 live-action film directed by Robert Altman, based on the comic strip and cartoon character Popeye the Sailor. ... The year 1980 in film involved some significant events. ... For other persons named Robin Williams, see Robin Williams (disambiguation). ... Paul L. Smith (born February 5, 1939 in Everett, Massachusetts) is a Hollywood character actor. ... Shelley Alexis Duvall (born July 7, 1949) is an award winning American film and television actress. ... Harry Edward Nilsson III (June 15, 1941 – January 15, 1994) was an American songwriter, singer, pianist, and guitarist, most popular during the 1960s and 1970s. ... Jules Feiffer (1958) Jules Feiffer (born January 26, 1929) is an American syndicated comic-strip cartoonist and author. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... Walt Disney Productions is the former name of The Walt Disney Company, which it held from 1929 to 1986. ...


Video and pinball games

The Nintendo arcade game Donkey Kong was originally to feature Popeye as the hero, Bluto as the villain and Olive Oyl as the damsel in distress. But due to licensing disagreements with King Features, this idea was scrapped. When Donkey Kong went on to have great success, King Features agreed to license the characters to Nintendo. Nintendo Company, Limited (任天堂 or ニンテンドー Nintendō; NASDAQ: NTDOY, TYO: 7974 usually referred to as simply Nintendo, or Big N ) is a multinational corporation founded on September 23, 1889[1] in Kyoto, Japan by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards. ... For other uses, see Donkey Kong. ...


Nintendo created a widescreen Game & Watch called Popeye in 1981. The game featured Popeye on a boat, and the aim was to catch bottles, pineapples and spinach cans thrown by Olive Oyl while trying to avoid Bluto's boat. If Bluto hit Popeye on the head with his mallet or Popeye failed to catch an object three times, the game would end. This game was followed by a Popeye video game based on the characters in 1982. The game was originally released as an arcade game and was fairly popular. It was later ported to the Commodore 64 home computer as well as various home game consoles (Intellivision, Atari 2600, ColecoVision, NES, and Odyssey2). The goal was to avoid Bluto and the Sea Hag while collecting hearts, musical notes, or the letters in the word "help" (depending on the level). Punching a can of spinach gave Popeye a brief chance to strike back at Bluto. Other characters such as Wimpy and Swee' Pea appeared in the game but did not affect gameplay. The game is playable on the MAME game emulator computer program for PC. A board game based on the video game was released by Parker Brothers. A table top game Game & Watch style game was also released by Nintendo in 1983, which featured Popeye trying to rescue Olive while engaging in fisticuffs with Bluto. (New Wide Screen), 1982 The Game & Watch (G&W) series were handheld electronic games made by Nintendo and created by its game designer Gunpei Yokoi from 1980 to 1991. ... Popeye is a 1982 arcade game released by Nintendo; it is based on the Popeye comic/cartoon characters licensed from King Features Syndicate. ... C-64 redirects here. ... The Intellivision is a video game console released by Mattel in 1979. ... The Atari 2600, released in October 1977, is the video game console credited with popularizing the use of microprocessor based hardware and cartridges containing game code, instead of having non-microprocessor dedicated hardware with all games built in. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Nes is: A municipality in the county of Akershus in Norway, see Nes, Akershus. ... Philips Videopac G7000 shown playing Pickaxe Pete The Magnavox Odyssey², known in Europe as the Philips Videopac G7000, in Brazil as the Philips Odyssey, and also by many other names, was a video game console released in 1978. ... Binomial name Spinacia oleracea L. Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults. ... MAME is an emulator application designed to recreate the hardware of arcade game systems in software, with the intent of preserving gaming history and preventing vintage games from being lost or forgotten. ... A board game is a game played with counters or pieces that are placed on, removed from, or moved across a board (a premarked surface, usually specific to that game). ... The Parker Brothers logo. ...


In 1994, Technos Japan released Popeye: Volume of the Malicious Witch Seahag (Popeye: Ijiwaru Majo Shihaggu no Maki) for the Japanese Super Famicom. A side scrolling adventure game that was mixed with a board game, the game never saw US release, but a ROM of the game can be found at various emulation sites. It featured many characters from the Thimble Theatre series as well. In the game, Popeye had to recover magical hearts scattered across the level to restore his frozen friends as part of a spell cast upon them by the Sea Hag in order to get revenge on Popeye. This article should be merged with Super Nintendo Entertainment System The Super Famicom design differed from that of the American SNES, though the controllers are almost the same. ... A ROM image, or simply ROM, is a computer file which contains a copy of the data from a read-only memory chip, often from a video game cartridge, a computers firmware, or from an arcade games main board. ... This article is about emulation in computer science. ...


Midway (under the Bally label) released Popeye Saves the Earth, a SuperPin pinball game, in 1994. Midway Games (NYSE: MWY) is an American video game publisher. ... Bally Technologies logo Bally (with its distinctive Rolling Ball logo) Bally Technologies, Inc. ... Popeye Saves The Earth is a 1994 widebody pinball game produced by Midway (released under the Bally name). ... SuperPin is the name given to any of the widebody pinball games released by Williams and Midway (under the Bally name) between 1993 and late-1994. ... This article is about the arcade game. ...


In 2005, a Game Boy Advance video game by Namco called Popeye: Rush for Spinach was released. “GBA” redirects here. ...


In June 2007, the video game The Darkness featured televisions that played full-length films and television shows (since their copyright has expired). Several full episodes of Popeye are featured in the game. The Darkness is a first-person shooter video game for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. ...


In Fall 2007, Namco Networks released the original Nintendo Popeye arcade game for mobile phones with new features including enhanced graphics and new levels.[8][citation needed] This article is about Namco, a Japanese leisure company and game developer. ...


Marketing, tie-ins, and endorsements

Popeyes Chicken and Biscuits, a fast food restaurant chain, is not named after Popeye the sailor, but rather after the character "Popeye" Doyle from the 1971 film The French Connection, who was in turn named after real police detective Eddie Egan, who was called "Pop eye" because of his keen observational skills. The restaurant chain would later obtain a license for the cartoon characters for use as a promotional tool, causing some confusion as to the source of the name. Recently, Popeye's Chicken and Biscuits has omitted the use of "Popeye the Sailor" in promotions; one reason given by CEO Ken Keymer was that "nobody in their right mind equates fried chicken with a speech-impeded sailor." Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits, usually called just Popeyes, is a chain of fried chicken fast food restaurants that is controlled by Atlanta-based AFC Enterprises. ... This article needs cleanup. ... The French Connection is a 1971 Hollywood film directed by William Friedkin. ... A detective is an officer of the police who performs criminal or administrative investigations, in some police departments, the lowest rank among such investigators (above the lowest rank of officers and below sergeants), a civilian licensed to investigate information not readily available in public records (a private investigator, also called...


In 1990, Popeye appeared in an advertisement warning of the harmful effects of coastal pollution. Bluto is laughing as he carelessly dumps garbage over the side of his boat, to which Olive reacts in horror as seagulls and other sea creatures are caught in six-pack ring holders. Popeye punches out Bluto and cleans up his garbage, however, when some more plastic garbage sails by Popeye's boat, he says unsurprisingly "I can't do it all meself, you know!" and the message is that everyone must make an effort to clean up garbage in the ocean.


In 1991, a special series of short Popeye comic books were included in specially marked boxes of Instant Quaker Oatmeal. The plots were similar to those of the films: Popeye loses either Olive Oyl or Swee' Pea to a musclebound antagonist, eats something invigorating, and proceeds to save the day. In this case, however, the invigorating elixir was not his usual spinach, but, rather, one of four flavors of Quaker Oatmeal. (A different flavor was showcased with each mini comic.) The catch phrase, "Can the spinach! I wants me instant Quaker Oatmeal!" apparently failed to catch on with the general public, and the promotional campaign remains little-known. There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... A catch phrase is a phrase or expression that is popularized, usually through repeated use, by a real person or fictional character. ...


In 1995, the Popeye comic strip was one of 20 included in the Comic Strip Classics series of commemorative U.S. postage stamps. The Comic Strip Classics series of commemorative postage stamps was issued by the US Postal Service in 1995 to honor the centennial of the newspaper comic strip. ... This 1974 stamp from Japan depicts a Class 8620 steam locomotive. ...


From early on, Popeye was heavily merchandised. Everything from soap to razor blades to spinach was available with Popeye's likeness on it. Most of these items are rare and sought-after by collectors, but some merchandise is still being produced; for example Mezco Toys makes classic-style Popeye figures in two sizes, and KellyToys produces plush stuffed Popeye characters.


In 2001, Popeye (along with Bluto, Olive, and twin Wimpys) appeared in a television commercial for Minute Maid Orange Juice. The commercial, produced by Leo Burrnett Co, showed Popeye and Bluto as friends (and neglecting Olive Oyl) due to their having had Minute Maid Orange Juice that morning. The ad agencies intention was to show that even the famous enemies would be in a good mood after their juice but some, including Robert Knight of the Culture and Family Institute, felt the commercial's intent was to portray the pair in a homosexual romantic relationship -- an allegation that Minute Maid denies. Knight was interviewed by Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central's The Daily Show over this issue. This article is about Stephen Colbert, the actor. ... Comedy Central is an American cable television and satellite television channel in the United States. ... The Daily Show (currently The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) is a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning American satirical television program produced by and airing on Comedy Central. ...


In 2006, King Features produced a radio spot and an industrial for the United States Power Squadron featuring Robyn Gryphe as Olive and Allen Enlow as Popeye.


Popeye also produced "candy cigarettes", which were small sugar sticks with red dye at the end to simulate a flame. They were sold in a small box, similar to a cigarette pack. The company still produces the item - but has since changed the name to "Popeye Candy Sticks" and has ceased putting the red dye at the end.


The original newspaper strips were collected and published in multiple volumes by Fantagraphics. Wimpy's name was borrowed for the Wimpy restaurant chain, one of the first international fast food restaurants featuring hamburgers, which they call "Wimpy Burgers." [11] Fantagraphics Books is an American publisher of alternative comics, underground comics, classic comic strip anthologies, magazines, and graphic novels located in the Maple Leaf neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. ... Wimpy Logo Wimpy is the brand name of a chain of hamburger restaurants based in the United Kingdom. ... This article needs cleanup. ...


In October 2007, to coincide with the launch of the Popeye mobile game, Namco Networks and Sprint launched a Popeye the Sailorman sweepstakes offering the authorized edition four-disc Popeye the Sailorman: 1933-1938 Vol. 1 DVD set as grand prize.[9]


Literature

In the short story "The Previous Adventures of Popeye the Sailor," writer Jim Ruland imagines Popeye's life before he met Olive Oyl. The story was first published in the The Black Warrior Review in 2004.


Cultural origins and impact

One historian believes Popeye was inspired from Frank "Rocky" Fiegel [12], a man who was handy with his fists during Segar's youth in Chester, Illinois. Fiegel was born on January 27, 1868. He lived as a bachelor his entire life and never got married. It was said that later Segar sent checks to Fiegel in the 1930s. Fiegel died on March 24, 1947 at the age of 79.


Culturally, [10], many consider Popeye a precursor to the superheroes who would eventually come to dominate the world of comic books.[citation needed] Some observers of popular culture point out that the fundamental character of Popeye, paralleling that of another 1930s icon, Superman, is very close to the traditional view of how the U.S. sees itself as a nation: possessing uncompromising moral standards and resorting to force when threatened, or when he "can't stands no more" bad behavior from an antagonist.[citation needed] This theory is directly reinforced in certain cartoons, when Popeye defeats his foe while a US patriotic song; usually either "Stars and Stripes Forever", "Yankee Doodle", or "Columbia, Gem of the Ocean" plays on the soundtrack. One of Popeye's catchphrases is "I yam what I yam, and that's all that I yam," which may be seen as an expression of individualism. For other uses, see Superhero (disambiguation). ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... The 1930s (years from 1930–1939) were described as an abrupt shift to more radical and conservative lifestyles, as countries were struggling to find a solution to the Great Depression, also known as the World Depression. ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... For other uses, see United States (disambiguation) and US (disambiguation). ... The Stars and Stripes Forever is a patriotic American march. ... Yankee Doodle is a well-known US song, often sung patriotically today. ... Columbia, Gem of the Ocean is an United States patriotic song which was popular in the 19th and early 20th century. ...


Such has been Popeye's cultural impact that the medical profession sometimes refers to the biceps bulge symptomatic of a tendon rupture as the "Popeye muscle." [13] [14]. Note however that Popeye has pronounced muscles of the forearm, not of the biceps. A person flexing his biceps brachii In human anatomy, the biceps brachii is a muscle on the upper arm that acts to flex the elbow. ... The term symptom (from the Greek meaning chance, mishap or casualty, itself derived from συμπιπτω meaning to fall upon or to happen to) has two similar meanings in the context of physical and mental health: Strictly, a symptom is a sensation or change in health function experienced by a patient. ... A tendon (or sinew) is a tough band of fibrous connective tissue that connects muscle to bone and is built to withstand tension. ... // The Human Forearm The forearm is the structure on the upper limb, between the elbow and the wrist. ...


At the end of his song "Kansas City Star", Roger Miller's character of a local TV kids show announcer says, "Stay tuned, we'll have a Popeye cartoon in just a minute." A section of the album jacket for Golden Hits Roger Dean Miller (January 2, 1936 – October 25, 1992) was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. ...


The 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit? featured many classic cartoon characters, and the absence of Popeye (due to rights issues) was noted by some critics. Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a movie that combines animation and live action, and is a unique chance to see many cartoons from different studios in a single film. ...


Most prominently, Popeye has been associated with the vegetable spinach, and is credited by many with popularizing the vegetable among children.


Spinach

Early references to spinach in the Fleischer cartoons and subsequently in further stories of Popeye are attributed to the publication of a study which, because of a misprint, attributed to spinach ten times its actual iron content. The error was discovered in the 1930s but not widely publicized until T.J. Hamblin wrote about it in the British Medical Journal in 1981. Binomial name Spinacia oleracea L. Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults. ... For other uses, see Iron (disambiguation). ... Terry J. Hamblin (b. ... The British Medical Journal (BMJ) is a medical journal published weekly in the United Kingdom by the British Medical Association (BMA)which published its first issue in 1845. ...


The popularity of the Popeye helped boost sales of the leafy vegetable and the spinach-growing community of Crystal City, Texas erected a statue of the character in gratitude. There is another Popeye statue in Segar's hometown, Chester, Illinois, and a third in Alma, Arkansas, which claims to be "The Spinach Capital of the World", and is home to Allen Canning which markets Popeye-branded canned spinach. There is yet another statue of Popeye at Universal Orlando Resort in the Islands of Adventure theme park, which has Popeye-themed rides. Chinese cabbage Swiss chard Leaf vegetables, also called greens or leafy greens, are plant leaves eaten as a vegetable, sometimes accompanied by tender petioles and shoots. ... Crystal City is a city in Zavala County, Texas, United States. ... Chester is a town located on the bluffs of the Mississippi River Valley in Randolph County, Illinois. ... Alma is a town located in Crawford County in western Arkansas. ... Nanna Juulsgård Andersen is like a indianerhøvding Taken in December 2004, this picture shows a walkway bridge (right) and the giant studio entrance (back) at Universal Studios Orlando. ... Universals Islands of Adventure is a theme park located in Orlando, Florida. ...


In addition to Allen Canning's Popeye spinach, Popeye Fresh Foods markets bagged, fresh spinach with Popeye characters on the package.


In 2006, when spinach contaminated with E. coli was accidentally sold to the public, many editorial cartoonists lampooned the affair with Popeye featured in their cartoons.[11] See also Entamoeba coli. ... See Wikinews article: E. coli outbreak kills 1, sickens nearly 100 In September 2006, there was an outbreak of food-borne illness caused by Escherichia coli () bacteria found in uncooked spinach[1] in 26 U.S. states. ...


Word coinages

The strip is also responsible for popularizing, although not inventing, the word 'goon' (meaning a thug or lackey); goons in Popeye's world were large humanoids with indistinctly drawn faces that were particularly known for being used as muscle and slave labor by Popeye's nemesis the Sea Hag. One particular goon, the aforementioned female named Alice, was an occasional recurring character in the animated shorts, but was usually a fairly nice character. Look up Goon in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


It is believed by some that the word "Jeep" was also coined in the strip, though some debate a connection between the comic strip character Eugene the Jeep and the automobiles that share its name.


Popeye and "bad English"

Singapore once banned "Popeye" from local TV stations during the 1980s because the cartoon series promoted wrong or distorted usage of English grammar.[citation needed]


Although educators in Singapore saw nothing wrong with the story, it feared that the "bad English" used by Popeye in his dialog would encourage kids to imitate its uses. Among the kind of bad English that Singaporean educators pointed out from Popeye was the use of "me" instead of "my" to describe his ownership over certain things, like "I'm strong to the finich, cause I eats 'me' spinach". Popeye also tended to inject "-k-" and "-sk-" sounds into words quite randomly, as in, "Me skthinks I'll sktake me a look at this attrakshkun. That's some beautifskul woman in that windskow." Popeye also tended to mutter under his breath more or less continuously, for example while walking along the street, observing the various places of business, merchants, and passersby.


Singapore was under a strict program to promote the use of English as a second language in its elementary and high schools in its aim for "first world" proficiency of its citizens right after graduation from college. English has since become the first language in Singapore.


Events and honors

The Popeye Picnic is held every year in Chester, Illinois on the weekend after Labor Day. Popeye fans attend from across the globe, including a visit by a film crew from South Korea in 2004. The one-eyed sailor's hometown pulls out all of the stops to entertain devotees of all ages. [15] Chester is a town located on the bluffs of the Mississippi River Valley in Randolph County, Illinois. ... This article is about the holiday in the United States. ...


In honor of Popeye’s 75th anniversary, the Empire State Building illuminated its world-famous tower lights green the weekend of January 16–18, 2004 as a tribute to the icon’s enormous love of spinach. This special lighting marked the only time the Empire State Building ever celebrated the anniversary/birthday of a comic strip character. [16]


Reprints

  • Popeye the Sailor, Nostalgia Press, 1971, reprints three daily stories from 1936.
  • Thimble Theatre, Hyperion Press, 1977, ISBN 0-88355-663-4, reprints daily from September 10, 1928 missing 11 dailies which are included in the Fantagraphics reprints.
  • Popeye, the First Fifty Years by Bud Sagendorf, Workman Publishing, 1979 ISBN 0-89480-066-3, the only Popeye reprint in full color.
  • The Complete E. C. Segar Popeye, Fantagraphics, 1980s, reprints all Segar Sundays featuring Popeye in 4 volumes, all Segar dailies featuring Popeye in 7 volumes, missing 4 dailies which are included in the Hyperion reprint, November 20November 22, 1928 August 22, 1929.
  • Popeye. The 60th Anniversary Collection, Hawk Books Limited, 1989, ISBN 0-948248-86-6 featuring reprints a selection of strips and stories from the first newspaper strip in 1929 onwards, along with articles on Popeye in comics, books, collectables, etc.
  • E. C. Segar's Popeye, Fantagraphic Books, 2000s, reprints all Segar Sundays and dailies featuring Popeye in 6 volumes. Vol. 1 "I Yam What I Yam," covered 1928-1930. Vol. 2 "Well Blow Me Down!" will cover 1930-32.

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Thimble Theatre/Popeye characters

Popeye and his identical quadruplet nephews (Pipeye, Pupeye, Poopeye, Peepeye), in a scene from Famous Studios' Me Musical Nephews (1942).

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Characters originating in the comic strips

  • Olive Oyl
  • Castor Oyl (Olive Oyl's brother)
  • Cole Oyl (Olive Oyl's father)
  • Nana Oyl (Olive Oyl's mother)
  • Ham Gravy (full name Harold Hamgravy, Olive Oyl's original boyfriend)
  • Popeye the Sailor
  • The Sea Hag
  • The Sea Hag's vultures, specifically Bernard
  • J. Wellington Wimpy
  • George W. Geezil (the local cobbler who hates Wimpy)
  • Rough House (a cook who runs a local restaurant, The Rough House)
  • Swee'Pea (Popeye's adopted baby son in the comics, Olive's cousin in the cartoons)
  • King Blozo
  • Toar
  • Bluto/Brutus
  • Goons, specifically Alice the Goon
  • Poopdeck Pappy (Popeye's 99-year-old long-lost father; also a sailor)
  • Eugene the Jeep
  • Bill Barnacle (a fellow sailor)
  • Oscar
  • Dufus (the son of a family friend)
  • Granny (Popeye's grandmother and Poopdeck's mother)
  • Bernice (The "Whiffle Bird" in 1960s King Features TV shorts)
  • O. G. Watasnozzle

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Characters originating in the cartoons

  • Pipeye, Pupeye, Poopeye, Peepeye (Popeye's identical nephews)
  • Shorty (Popeye's shipmate in three World War II era Famous studios shorts)
  • Diesel Oyl (Olive's identical niece, a conceited brat who appears in three of the 1960s King Features shorts)
  • Popeye, Jr. (son of Popeye and Olive Oyl, exclusive of the series Popeye and Son)

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Filmography

Theatrical cartoons

234 Popeye the Sailor cartoons were produced for theatrical release by Paramount Pictures between 1933 and 1957. Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ...

  • List of Popeye the Sailor theatrical cartoons (Fleischer Studios)
  • List of Popeye the Sailor theatrical cartoons (Famous Studios)

Popeye and Olive Oyl in the Fleischer Studios Popeye the Sailor cartoon A Date to Skate (1938). ... Olive Oyl, Popeye, and Bluto in a scene from Famous Studios Floor Flusher  (1953). ...

Television cartoons

  • Popeye the Sailor (1960 – 1962; produced by Jack Kinney Productions, Rembrandt Films, Larry Harmon Pictures, TV Ads, and Paramount Cartoon Studios for King Features Syndicate)
  • The All-New Popeye Hour (1978 – 1981, CBS; produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions)
  • The Popeye and Olive Show (1981 – 1983), CBS; produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions)
  • Popeye and Son (1987 – 1988, CBS; produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions)

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Television specials and feature-length films

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Footnotes

  1. ^ Segar, Elzie (Crisler) - Encyclopædia Britannica Article
  2. ^ Culhane, Shamus (1986). Talking Animals and Other People. New York: St. Martin's Press. Pages 218-219.
  3. ^ Entry on lost Barney Google cartoons
  4. ^ (June 6, 2006). "Warner Home Video Opens a Can of Spinach as It Prepares to Distribute Popeye" [Press release]. Retrieved August 4, 2007.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ 1930s Popeye the Sailor Wheatena audio clip
  7. ^ Old-Time Radio Commercials: Selling Stuff During the Golden Age of Radio: "Comic Strip Character Changes Diet for Radio Show", by Danny Goodwin
  8. ^ http://www.namcogames.com/pressDetails.php?id=69
  9. ^ http://www.namcogames.com/Popeyesweeps
  10. ^ Popeye: The First Fifty Years. New York: Workman Publishing. Pages 44-45.
  11. ^ [2]

References

  • Grandinetti, Fred M. Popeye: An Illustrated Cultural History. 2nd ed. McFarland, 2004. ISBN 0-7864-1605-X
  • King Features Syndicate, www.kingfeatures.com

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