The All New Popeye Hour

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The All New Popeye Hour
  • Animation
  • Comedy
Based on Popeye
by E. C. Segar
Directed by
Voices of
Theme music composer Sammy Lerner (arranged by Hoyt Curtin)
Opening theme "I'm Popeye the Sailor Man"
Composer(s) Hoyt Curtin
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 35 (161 segments)
Executive producer(s)
  • Alex Lovy (Season 1–2)
  • Art Scott (Season 3–4)
  • Iwao Takamoto (creative producer)
  • Associate producers:
  • Neil Balnaves (Season 1)
  • Doug Paterson (Season 2–4)
  • Gil Iverson
  • Peter Jennings (Season 1)
  • Robert Ciaglia (Season 1–3)
Running time
  • 21 minutes (whole)
  • 7 minutes (segments)
Production company(s)
Original network CBS
Original release September 9, 1978 (1978-09-09) – September 5, 1983 (1983-09-05)
Preceded by Popeye the Sailor (1960)
Followed by Popeye and Son (1987)

The All New Popeye Hour is an American animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and King Features Syndicate. Starring the comic strip character Popeye, the series aired from 1978 to 1983 on CBS.


The show was produced by the legendary studios of Hanna-Barbera, which tried to retain the style of the original Thimble Theatre comic strip while complying with the prevailing content restrictions on violence.[1] Featured characters, aside from the popular main stars of Popeye, Bluto, Olive Oyl and Wimpy, were Swee'Pea, Poopdeck Pappy, Eugene the Jeep and Popeye's quadruplet nephews. Popeye's outfit reverted to his sailor's uniform, except for his cap, which was retained as the white Navy hat. Bluto's name was restored, as it had erroneously been changed to "Brutus" for the early 1960s Popeye cartoons.[2] Olive Oyl also reverted to her 1930s look.

Because of restrictions on violence on television cartoons for children at the time, Popeye did not throw punches in retaliation to Bluto; he often lifted him, with his own hands or with machinery, and hurled him away.[3] The series marked the last time Jack Mercer would voice Popeye; he died on December 4, 1984, fifteen months after the show's cancellation. 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 cartoons were immediately sold to local stations in nationwide syndication. They 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, 1979 at 8:30 PM (Eastern). In the UK, the BBC aired a half-hour version of The All New Popeye Show, from the early-1980s to 2004. The middle feature of the 1978–81 series was Dinky Dog, the misadventures of a humongous sheepdog and his mistresses, Monica and Sandy. Unlike cartoon series produced by Hanna-Barbera in the 1970s, The All New Popeye Hour did not contain a laugh track.

In 1981, a new feature in the series was Private Olive Oyl, where Olive and Alice the Goon join the Army, then proceed to drive their drill sergeant, Sgt. Bertha Blast (voiced by Jo Anne Worley) nuts, yet impress the base commander, Col. Crumb (voiced by Hal Smith). This cartoon is based on the idea of Private Benjamin; Hanna-Barbera was also concurrently producing a virtually identical concept with sitcom characters Laverne and Shirley called Laverne and Shirley in the Army for rival network ABC at the time.[4]

The syndicated version can currently be seen for free on Amazon Video with a subscription to Amazon Prime, or at 99 cents per episode (as "Popeye: The Continuing Adventures").


The All New Popeye Hour (1978–1981)[edit]


  • Popeye the Carpenter
  • Popeye the Sleepwalker
  • Popeye the Plumber
  • Popeye the Lone Legionnaire
  • Popeye the Robot
  • Popeye the Painter
  • Popeye Goes Sailing
  • Popeye Goes Hollywood
  • Popeye Goes Sightseeing
  • Popeye and the Beanstalk
  • Popeye and Bigfoot
  • Popeye and the Pirates
  • Popeye and the Pest
  • Popeye's Finest Hour
  • Popeye's Roots
  • Popeye's Engine Company
  • Popeye's High School Daze
  • Popeye's Aqua Circus
  • Popeye's Poodle Problem
  • Popeye's Self Defense
  • Popeye's Perilous Pursuit of a Pearl
  • Popeye Meets the Blutostein Monster
  • Popeye Out West
  • Popeye Snags the Seahag
  • Popeye of the Klondike
  • Popeye of the Jungle
  • Popeye of Sherwood Forest
  • Popeye Versus Machine
  • Popeye Stumps Bluto
  • Popeye in Wonderland
  • Olive's Devastating Decorators
  • Olive's Shining Hour
  • Olive's Bugged House Blues
  • Olive Goes Dallas
  • Bluto's Bike Bullies
  • The Ski's the Limit
  • The Big Wheel

The Adventures of Popeye[edit]

  • A Whale of a Tale
  • A Bad Knight for Popeye
  • A Seal with Appeal
  • The Crunch for Lunch Bunch
  • The Loneliness of the Long Distance Popeye
  • A Day at Muscle Beach
  • Wilder Than Usual Blue Yonder
  • Spinach Fever
  • Heir-Brained Popeye
  • Getting Popeye's Goat
  • Close Encounters of the Third Spinach
  • Ship Ahoy
  • Here Stew You
  • The Three Ring Ding-a-Ling
  • A Day at the Rodeo
  • En Un Lugar De La Mancha
  • Shark Treatment
  • Mother Goose Is on the Loose
  • Steeple Chase at Ups and Downs
  • A Camping We Will Go
  • Take Me Out to the Brawl Game
  • The Spinach Bowl
  • Ballet-Hooey
  • Yukon County Mountie
  • Queen of the Load
  • Love on the Rocks
  • Roller Rink-a-Dink
  • Old McPopeye Had a Farm
  • Chips Off the Old Ice Block
  • Polly Wants Some Spinach
  • On Mule-itary Detail
  • Building Blockheads
  • Boo Who
  • The Game
  • Whotsa Matterhorn?
  • Pedal-Powered-Popeye
  • Take It or Lump It
  • Westward Ho! Ho!
  • Bad Day at the Bakery
  • Bully Dozer
  • Swee' Pea Plagues a Parade
  • Paddle Wheel Popeye
  • Merry Madness at the Mardi Gras
  • Bad Company
  • Top Kick in Boot Camp
  • Peask and Quiet
  • A Goon Gone Gooney
  • Spa-ing Partners
  • Abject Flying Object
  • Ships That Pass in the Fright
  • Pappy Fails in Love
  • Alpine for You
  • Tour Each His Own
  • The Umpire Strikes Back
  • Free Hauling Brawl
  • W.O.I.L.
  • Tough Sledding
  • I Wouldn't Take That Mare to the Fair on a Dare
  • The Great Speckled Whale
  • Popierre the Musketeer
  • Unidentified Fighting Object
  • Cheap Skate Date (written by Doug Booth)
  • The Incredible Shrinking Popeye (written by Glenn Leopold)
  • Winner Window Washer (written by Bryce Malek)
  • Hogwash at the Car Wash (written by Gary Greenfield)

Popeye's Sports Parade[edit]

  • King of the Rodeo
  • Sky High Fly Try
  • The Great Decathlon Championship
  • Fantastic Gymnastics
  • Water Ya Doin'?
  • No Fuel Like an Old Fuel

Popeye's Treasure Hunt[edit]

  • I Wants Me Mummy
  • The Terrifyink Transylvanian Treasure Trek
  • The Sword of Fitzwilly
  • Play It Again, Popeye
  • Captain Meno's Sunken Treasure
  • The Delmonica Diamond
  • The Treasure of Howe's Bayou
  • Spring Daze in Paris
  • Coldfinger
  • A Horse of a Flying Color
  • The Mask of Gorgonzola
  • I Left My Spinach in San Francisco
  • A Trio in Rio
  • Popeye at the Center of the Earth
  • Boola Boola Hula
  • The Treasure of Werner Schnitzel
  • Plunder Down Under
  • The Reel Hollywood Treasure Hunt
  • Dublin or Nothin'
  • Around the World in 80 Hours
  • Hail, Hail, the Ganges All Here
  • Beyond the Spinach Brick Road
  • Cliff Hanger
  • Forum or Against 'Em
  • In a Little Spinach Town

The Popeye and Olive Comedy Show (1981–1983)[edit]


  • Popeye
  • The Midnight Ride of Popeye Revere (written by Glenn Leopold)

Prehistoric Popeye[edit]

No. Title Written by Original air date
1 "So Who's Watching the Bird Watchers" Tom Yakutis  ()
2 "Come Back, Little Stegosaurus" TBA  ()
3 "Neanderthal Nuisance" TBA  ()
4 "Reptile Ranch" Glenn Leopold  ()
5 "Bronto Beach" TBA  ()
6 "Vegetable Stew" Coslough Johnson, Glenn Leopold and Cliff Roberts  ()
7 "The First Resort" Cliff Roberts and Glenn Leopold  ()
8 "Up a Lizard River" Glenn Leopold  ()
9 "Chilly Con Caveman" Glenn Leopold and Cliff Roberts  ()

Private Olive Oyl[edit]

No. Title Written by Original air date
1 "Jeep Thrills" TBA November 21, 1981 (1981-11-21)
2 "Goon Hollywood" Glenn Leopold and Cliff Roberts November 14, 1981 (1981-11-14)
3 "Tanks a Lot" TBA October 24, 1981 (1981-10-24)
4 "Basic Train-ing" TBA November 14, 1981 (1981-11-14)
5 "Wreck Room" Frances Novier, Cliff Roberts, and Glenn Leopold October 10, 1981 (1981-10-10)
6 "Alice in Blunderland" TBA October 3, 1981 (1981-10-03)
7 "Here Today, Goon Tomorrow" TBA September 19, 1981 (1981-09-19)
8 "Computer Chaos" Glenn Leopold September 19, 1981 (1981-09-19)
9 "Goon Balloon" Glenn Leopold October 17, 1981 (1981-10-17)
10 "Goon Native" TBA October 3, 1981 (1981-10-03)
11 "Troop Therapy" Glenn Leopold September 26, 1981 (1981-09-26)
12 "Snow Fooling" Cliff Roberts and Glenn Leopold October 31, 1981 (1981-10-31)
13 "Infink-try" Glenn Leopold November 7, 1981 (1981-11-07)
14 "Mission: Improbable" TBA September 12, 1981 (1981-09-12)
15 "Rocky Rolls" Cliff Roberts October 31, 1981 (1981-10-31)
16 "Private Secretaries" Cliff Roberts October 17, 1981 (1981-10-17)


In addition to providing many of the cartoon scripts, Jack Mercer reprised his voice as Popeye, while Marilyn Schreffler and Allan Melvin became the new voices of Olive Oyl and Bluto, respectively (Mae Questel auditioned for Hanna-Barbera to recreate Olive Oyl, but was rejected in favor of Schreffler).

Main voices[edit]

Additional voices[edit]

Broadcasting history[edit]

International broadcasts[edit]


The first DVD that features The All New Popeye Hour was released on May 16, 2000 with eighteen cartoon segments. A few years later Warner Home Video released Popeye & Friends, Volume One, a single DVD featuring eight color Popeye cartoons from Hanna-Barbera's 1978 TV series The All New Popeye Hour, on November 4, 2008 (Hanna-Barbera is a division of WB).[5] The cartoons included are: 'Abject Flying Object', 'Ship Ahoy', 'I Wouldn't Take That Mare to the Fair on a Dare', 'Popeye Goes Sightseeing', 'Chips Off the Old Ice Block', 'Popeye the Plumber', 'Swee'pea Plagues a Parade', 'Polly Wants Some Spinach'. A second single-disc volume of H-B produced Popeye TV cartoons was also scheduled for release titled Popeye & Friends, Volume Two,[6] featuring cartoons from the subsequent Hanna-Barbera Popeye revival, Popeye and Son, but Warner decided to cancel the release of this DVD.[7] However, it was released on Region 4 DVD in Australia.


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  2. ^ "Popeye and Friends, Vol. 1". DVD Talk. Retrieved 18 August 2017. 
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  4. ^ Perlmutter, David (28 March 2014). "America Toons In: A History of Television Animation". Google Books. Retrieved 18 August 2017. 
  5. ^ "Cartoon Brew: Leading the Animation Conversation » Popeye and Friends". 12 March 2008. Retrieved 20 August 2017. 
  6. ^ "Popeye and Son DVD news: Announcement for Popeye & Friends - Volume 2 |". Retrieved November 30, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Popeye and Son DVD news: Cancellation for Popeye & Friends – Volume 2". Retrieved November 30, 2009. 

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