Popeye and Son

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Popeye and Son
Genre Sitcom
Based on Popeye
by E. C. Segar
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
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
King Features Entertainment
Distributor Hearst Entertainment
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 American animated comedy series based on the Popeye comic strip created E.C. Segar and published by King Features Syndicate. Jointly produced by Hanna-Barbera and King Features subsidiary King Features Entertainment, the series aired for one season of thirteen episodes on CBS. It is a follow-up to The All New Popeye Hour. Maurice LaMarche performed 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. Following its original run on CBS, this series reran on the USA Network in the 1989-90 season and on The Family Channel from September 1994 to December 1995. It can currently be seen for free on Amazon Video.

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)

Attack of the Sea Hag: Tank takes a driftwood mermaid Junior found on the beach, claiming it as his own for Bluto's boat party with the Mayor. However Junior must go off and save the day when the mermaid belongs to Popeye's old foe: The Sea Hag.

Happy Anniversary: Popeye and Olive get into a fight on the night of their anniversary. While trying to get the two back together, Junior learns how the two finally got married.
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)
Sea Monster: Daisy finds and befriends a sea monster, one Bluto wants to capture and sell. / Pappy goes to Junior's school to tell his class about a past adventure.
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)
Don't Give Up the Picnic: Wimpy and his nephew challenge Bluto to the picnic games.
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]

In 2014, including it in an article about twelve 1980s cartoons that supposedly did not deserve remembrance, io9 was largely critical of the series, noting that it did not utilize the conventions established by the theatrical Popeye short films.[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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