Popeye and Son

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Popeye and Son
Genre Family
Created by E. C. Segar (original characters)
Directed by
Theme music composer Hoyt Curtin
Opening theme "Like Pop, Like Son"
Ending theme "Pop-a-Wheelie"
Composer(s) Hoyt Curtin
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 13 (26 segments)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Charles Grosvenor
Editor(s) Gil Iverson
Running time 22 minutes (whole)
11 minutes (separate)
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
King Features Entertainment
(Hearst)
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original network CBS
Original release September 19 – December 12, 1987
Chronology
Preceded by The All New Popeye Hour (1978–1983)

Popeye and Son is an animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and King Features Entertainment, and aired for one season and thirteen episodes on CBS. It's a sequel to The All New Popeye Hour. Maurice LaMarche supplied the voice of Popeye in this series, succeeding Jack Mercer in that role. It is also the first set of Popeye cartoons that were produced since Mercer's death in 1984.

Overview[edit]

Popeye and long-time girlfriend, Olive Oyl, are married and have a son named Popeye Junior,[1] who has inherited Popeye's ability to gain superhuman strength from eating spinach; however, Popeye Jr. hates the taste of spinach (preferring hamburgers, like Wimpy), much to his father's disappointment, although he eats spinach anyway to boost his strength. Popeye's long-time rival Bluto has a wife of his own and they also have a son named Tank. Like old times, Popeye and Bluto are rivals, as are their sons.

Voice cast[edit]

List of episodes[edit]

No. Title Written by Original air date
1 "Attack of the Sea Hag / Happy Anniversary" Attack of the Sea Hag & Happy Anniversary
John Loy
September 19, 1987 (1987-09-19)
2 "The Sea Monster / Poopdeck Pappy and the Family Tree" The Sea Monster: Cliff Roberts
Poopdeck Pappy and the Family Tree: Eric Lewald
September 26, 1987 (1987-09-26)
3 "Bluto's Wave Pool / Here Today, Goon Tomorrow" Bluto's Wave Pool: Anthony Adams
Here Today, Goon Tomorrow: Bruce Falk (story), and John Loy (teleplay)
October 3, 1987 (1987-10-03)
4 "Don't Give Up the Picnic / The Lost Treasure of Pirate's Cove" Don't Give Up the Picnic: John Loy
The Lost Treasure of Pirate's Cove: Eric Lewald
October 10, 1987 (1987-10-10)
5 "Junior's Genie / Mighty Olive at the Bat" Junior's Genie: Kelly Ward with Mark Cassutt (story), and Eric Lewald (teleplay)
Mighty Olive at the Bat: Eric Lewald
October 17, 1987 (1987-10-17)
6 "Junior Gets a Job / Surf Movie" Junior Gets a Job: John Loy
Surf Movie: Charles M. Howell, IV
October 24, 1987 (1987-10-24)
7 "Junior's Birthday Roundup / Redbeard" Junior's Birthday Roundup: Kelly Ward
Redbeard: Eric Lewald
October 31, 1987 (1987-10-31)
8 "The Girl from Down Under / Olive's Dinosaur Dilemma" The Girl from Down Under: Anthony Adams
Olive's Dinosaur Dilemma: Bryce Malek
November 7, 1987 (1987-11-07)
9 "Dr. Junior and Mr. Hyde / Popeye's Surfin' Adventure" Dr. Junior and Mr. Hyde: Eric Lewald
Popeye's Surfin' Adventure: John Loy
November 14, 1987 (1987-11-14)
10 "Split Decision / The Case of the Burger Burglar" Split Decision: Pamela Hickey and Dennys McCoy
The Case of the Burger Burglar: Bryce Malek
November 21, 1987 (1987-11-21)
11 "Orchid You Not / Ain't Mythbehavin'" Orchid You Not: Scott Shaw
Ain't Mythbehavin': Ken Koonce and David Weimers
November 28, 1987 (1987-11-28)
12 "There Goes the Neighborhood / Prince of a Fellow" There Goes the Neighborhood: Eric Lewald
Prince of a Fellow: Kelly Ward
December 5, 1987 (1987-12-05)
13 "Olive's Day Off / Damsel in Distress" Olive's Day Off: Bryce Malek
Damsel in Distress: Eric Lewald and John Loy
December 12, 1987 (1987-12-12)

Reception[edit]

One of very many children's animated series of the 1980s, Popeye and Son didn't leave a lasting impression on many viewers. In 2014, listing it among twelve 1980s cartoons that did not deserve remembrance, io9 characterized it as "a cartoon about coolness and friendship created by a marketing committee of old white men who had never experienced either of them before."[2]

DVD release[edit]

In late 2008, Warner Home Video planned to release four Popeye and Son episodes (8 cartoons) on DVD as Popeye & Friends Volume Two (Volume One, released earlier in 2008, contained episodes of the previous Hanna-Barbera Popeye series, The All-New Popeye Hour). The release was cancelled following poor sales of the first volume, but Warner did release it in Australia on Region 4 DVD. The region 4 disc contains the following cartoons: "Attack of the Sea Hag", "Happy Anniversary", "The Sea Monster", "Poopdeck Pappy and the Family Tree", "Junior's Genie", "Mighty Olive at the Bat", "Junior Gets a Job", and "Surf Movie".

A collection of episodes has been released in the UK by Hollywood DVD Ltd. The cartoons on the DVD are: "Attack of the Sea Hag", "Happy Anniversary", "The Sea Monster", "Poopdeck Pappy and the Family Tree", "Bluto's Wave Pool", "Here Today Goon Tomorrow", "Don't Give Up the Picnic", "Lost Treasure of Pirate's Cove", "Junior's Genie", "Mighty Olive at the Bat", "Split Decision", and "The Case of the Burger Burglar".

References[edit]

  1. ^ CHARLES SOLOMON (1987-10-09). "Kidvid Reviews : Cartoon Debuts Are All Drawn Out - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  2. ^ Bricken, Rob (11 November 2014). "12 Cartoons From The 1980s No One Will Ever Have Nostalgia For". io9. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 

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