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 & Special)
  • Art Scott (Season 3–4)
  • Gil Iverson
  • Peter Jennings (Season 1)
  • Robert Ciaglia (S01–03 & Special)
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 (1960–1962)
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 Comedy 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 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").

Voice cast[edit]

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).




Season 1–3 (1978–81, "The Adventures of Popeye")[edit]

Season 1 (1978)[edit]

  • "A Bad Knight for Popeye"
  • "Ballet-Hooey"
  • "The Big Wheel"
  • "Bluto's Bike Bullies"
  • "Boola Boola Hula"[a]
  • "Bully Dozer"
  • "A Camping We Will Go"
  • "Captain Meno's Sunken Treasure"[a]
  • "Chips Off the Old Ice Block"
  • "Close Encounters of the Third Spinach"
  • "Coldfinger"[a]
  • "The Crunch for Lunch Bunch"
  • "A Day at Muscle Beach"
  • "A Day at the Rodeo"
  • "The Decathlon Dilemma"[b]
  • "The Delmonica Diamond"[a]
  • "Free Hauling Brawl"
  • "Getting Popeye's Goat"
  • "Heir-Brained Popeye"
  • "Here Stew You"
  • "A Horse of a Flying Color"[a]
  • "I Left My Spinach in San Francisco"[a]
  • "I Wants Me Mummy"[a]
  • "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Popeye"
  • "The Mask of Gorgonzola"[a]
  • "Mother Goose Is on the Loose"
  • "Olive's Shining Hour"
  • "Play It Again, Popeye"[a]
  • "Polly Wants Some Spinach"
  • "Popeye's Engine Company"
  • "Popeye's Finest Hour"
  • "Popeye's Roots"
  • "Popeye and Bigfoot
  • "Popeye and the Beanstalk"
  • "Popeye and the Pest"
  • "Popeye and the Pirates"
  • "Popeye at the Center of the Earth"[a]
  • "Popeye of the Klondike"
  • "Popeye the Carpenter"
  • "Popeye the Plumber"
  • "Popeye the Robot"
  • "Popeye the Sleepwalker"
  • "Popeye Goes Hollywood"
  • "Popeye Goes Sailing"
  • "Popeye Goes Sightseeing"
  • "Popeye Meets the Blutostein Monster"
  • "Popeye Out West"
  • "Popeye Snags the Seahag"
  • "Popeye Versus Machine"
  • "A Seal with Appeal"
  • "Shark Treatment"
  • "Ship Ahoy"
  • "The Ski's the Limit"
  • "The Spinach Bowl"
  • "Spinach Fever"
  • "Spring Daze in Paris"[a]
  • "Steeple Chase at Ups and Downs"
  • "The Sword of Fitzwilly"[a]
  • "Take Me Out to the Brawl Game"
  • "The Terrifyink Transylvanian Treasure Trek"[a]
  • "The Three Ring Ding-a-Ling"
  • "The Treasure of Howe's Bayou"[a]
  • "The Treasure of Werner Schnitzel"[a]
  • "A Trio in Rio"[a]
  • "A Whale of a Tale"
  • "Whotsa Matterhorn?"
  • "Wilder Than Usual Blue Yonder"
  • "Yukon County Mountie"

Season 2 (1979)[edit]

  • "Bad Day at the Bakery"
  • "Boo Who"
  • "Building Blockheads"
  • "En Un Lugar De La Mancha"
  • "Fantastic Gymnastics"[c]
  • "The Game"
  • "The Great Decathlon Championship"[c]
  • "King of the Rodeo"[c]
  • "Love on the Rocks"
  • "Old McPopeye Had a Farm"
  • "Olive's Bugged House Blues"
  • "On Mule-itary Detail"
  • "Paddle Wheel Popeye"
  • "Pedal-Powered-Popeye"
  • "Plunder Down Under"[a]
  • "Popeye's Aqua Circus"
  • "Popeye's High School Daze"
  • "Popeye's Poodle Problem"
  • "Popeye in Wonderland"[a]
  • "Popeye the Painter"
  • "Queen of the Load"
  • "The Reel Hollywood Treasure Hunt"[a]
  • "Roller Rink-a-Dink"
  • "Sky High Fly Try"[c]
  • "Swee'Pea Plagues a Parade"
  • "Take It or Lump It"
  • "Tough Sledding"
  • "Water Ya Doin'?"[c]
  • "Westward Ho! Ho!"

Season 3 (1980)[edit]

  • "Abject Flying Object"
  • "Alpine for You"
  • "Around the World in 80 Hours"[a]
  • "Bad Company"
  • "Beyond the Spinach Brick Road"[a]
  • "Cliff Hanger"[a]
  • "Dublin or Nothin'"[a]
  • "Forum or Against 'Em"[a]
  • "A Goon Gone Gooney"
  • "The Great Speckled Whale"
  • "Hail, Hail, the Ganges All Here"[a]
  • "In a Little Spinach Town" [a]
  • "I Wouldn't Take That Mare to the Fair on a Dare"
  • "Merry Madness at the Mardi Gras"
  • "No Fuel Like an Old Fuel"[c]
  • "Olive Goes Dallas"
  • "Pappy Fails in Love"
  • "Peask and Quiet"
  • "Popeye's Perilous Pursuit of a Pearl"
  • "Popeye's Self Defense"
  • "Popeye of Sherwood Forest"
  • "Popeye of the Jungle"
  • "Popeye the Lone Legionnaire"
  • "Popeye Stumps Bluto"
  • "Popierre the Musketeer"
  • "Ships That Pass in the Fright"
  • "Spa-ing Partners"
  • "Top Kick in Boot Camp"
  • "Tour Each His Own"
  • "The Umpire Strikes Back"
  • "Unidentified Fighting Object"
  • "W.O.I.L."

Season 4 (1981–83, "The Popeye and Olive Comedy Show")[edit]

  • "Alice in Blunderland"[d] (written by )
  • "Basic Train-ing"[d] (written by )
  • "Bronto Beach"[e] (written by )
  • "Cheap Skate Date" (written by Doug Booth)
  • "Chilly Con Caveman"[e] (written by Glenn Leopold and Cliff Roberts)
  • "Come Back, Little Stegosaurus"[e] (written by )
  • "Computer Chaos"[d] (written by Glenn Leopold)
  • "The First Resort"[e] (written by Cliff Roberts and Glenn Leopold)
  • "Goon Balloon"[d] (written by Glenn Leopold)
  • "Goon Hollywood"[d] (written by Glenn Leopold and Cliff Roberts)
  • "Goon Native"[d] (written by )
  • "Here Today, Goon Tomorrow"[d] (written by )
  • "Hogwash at the Car Wash" (written by Gary Greenfield)
  • "The Incredible Shrinking Popeye" (written by Glenn Leopold)
  • "Infink-try"[d] (written by Glenn Leopold)
  • "Jeep Thrills"[d] (written by )
  • "The Midnight Ride of Popeye Revere" (written by Glenn Leopold)
  • "Mission: Improbable"[d] (written by )
  • "Neanderthal Nuisance"[e] (written by )
  • "Olive's Devastating Decorators"[b] (written by Tom Dagenais)
  • "Olive's Moving Experience" (written by Bryce Malek)
  • "Private Secretaries"[d] (written by Cliff Roberts)
  • "Reptile Ranch"[e] (written by Glenn Leopold)
  • "Rocky Rolls"[d] (written by Cliff Roberts)
  • "Snow Fooling"[d] (written by Cliff Roberts and Glenn Leopold)
  • "So Who's Watching the Bird Watchers"[e] (written by Tom Yakutis)
  • "Tanks a Lot"[d] (written by )
  • "Troop Therapy"[d] (written by Glenn Leopold)
  • "Up a Lizard River"[e] (written by Glenn Leopold)
  • "Vegetable Stew"[e] (written by Coslough Johnson, Glenn Leopold, and Cliff Roberts)
  • "Winner Window Washer" (written by Bryce Malek)
  • "Wreck Room"[d] (written by Frances Novier, Cliff Roberts, and Glenn Leopold)


Title Directed by Written by Storyboarded by Original air date
"The Popeye Valentine Special: Sweethearts at Sea"Oscar DufauTom Dagenais and Jack HanrahanGeorge Singer and Paul SommerFebruary 14, 1979 (1979-02-14)



The first DVD that features The All New Popeye Hour was released on May 16, 2000 by Rhino Home Video with eighteen cartoon segments. A few years later Warner Home Video (via Turner Entertainment and Warner Bros. Family Entertainment) released Popeye & Friends, Volume One, a single DVD featuring eight unedited, full-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.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z Episodes that are part of the feature "Popeye's Treasure Hunt".
  2. ^ a b In their TV title cards, these episodes are titled or credited with some orthographic errors, which are "The Decathlon Dilemna" and "Olive's Devastatingk Decorators"
  3. ^ a b c d e f Episodes that are part of the feature "The Popeye Sports Parade".
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Episodes that are part of the feature "Private Olive Oyl".
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i Episodes that are part of the feature "Prehistoric Popeye".


  1. ^ "When Popeye was Popular Without His Punch! - Skwigly Animation Magazine". 9 March 2017. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Popeye and Friends, Vol. 1". DVD Talk. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Popeye's Less Violent Return to Television! - Popeye-Expert Fred Grandinetti Talks The All New Popeye Hour". Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  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. Archived from the original on 12 March 2008. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Popeye and Son DVD news: Announcement for Popeye & Friends - Volume 2 |". Archived from the original on April 30, 2010. Retrieved November 30, 2009.
  7. ^ "Popeye and Son DVD news: Cancellation for Popeye & Friends – Volume 2". Archived from the original on November 21, 2008. Retrieved November 30, 2009.

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