Popeye and Son

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Popeye and Son
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On-screen title card.
Network: CBS
Production company: Hanna-Barbera
Original release: September 19-December 12, 1987
Starring: Maurice La Marche
Josh Rodine
Marilyn Schreffler
Allan Melvin
Don Messick
David Markus
Executive producer(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Bruce L. Paisner
Producer(s): Charles Grosvenor
Music composed by: Hoyt Curtin
Director(s): John Kimball
Paul Sommer
Gordon Hunt (voice director)
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Popeye and Son is an American animated comedy TV series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and King Features Entertainment for CBS' Saturday morning children's programming. It ran in the fall of 1987, airing thirteen episodes. It is a spin-off from the Popeye the Sailor theatrical shorts from Fleischer Studios/Famous Studios, and the second and final series produced by Hanna-Barbera after The All-New Popeye Hour.

In this series, Popeye and longtime girlfriend, Olive Oyl, have gotten hitched and settled down in the seaside town of Sweet Haven (borrowed from the 1989 live-action Popeye film), where they raise their preteen son, Popeye Jr. Unfortunately, they still have to contend with Popeye's old rival, Bluto, who's also got a wife and son named Lizzie and Tank, respectively. Not only does Bluto continue to try and prove himself to be the physically strongest, but also the town's unequaled businessman.

Past characters such as Wimpy and Eugene the Jeep also return. Wimpy has gone from eating burgers to selling them in his own restaurant. While he is still single, he acts as a role model for his nephew, Francis, and the mysterious Eugene still hangs around the Popeyes, despite having a family of his own.

The series generally focus on Junior, his friends, and the continuing family rivalry between the Popeyes and the Blutos. In times of need, Junior will also consume spinach to give him superhuman strength, although he has a strong dislike for it, unlike his father.

This series retcons both Popeye and Bluto's names as their family names, essentially making the former's full name Popeye Popeye (and by default, Junior's full name as Popeye Popeye, Jr.), as well as Bluto's full name possibly being Bluto Bluto, although neither are directly registered on-screen.

Noticeably absent are Swee'Pea, who's seemingly substituted with Junior (perhaps because the idea of an unofficially adopted son was harder to sell than a biological one), and Popeye's nephews.

Perhaps due to being ill-received, having lasted only thirteen episodes, nothing from this incarnation has made an impact on Popeye canon.

Production

Development

Music

The music was composed and conducted by Hoyt Curtin.

Episodes

Title Number Original air date
"Attack of the Sea Hag" / "Happy Anniversary" 1x01 September 19, 1987
"The Sea Monster" / "Poopdeck Pappy and the Family Tree" 1x02 September 26, 1987
"Bluto's Wave Pool" / "Here Today, Goon Tomorrow" 1x03 October 3, 1987
"Don't Give Up the Picnic" / "The Lost Treasure of Pirate's Cove" 1x04 October 10, 1987
"Junior's Genie" / "Mighty Olive at the Bat" 1x05 October 17, 1987
"Junior Gets a Job" / "Surf Movie" 1x06 October 24, 1987
"Junior's Birthday Roundup" / "Redbeard" 1x07 November 13, 1987
"The Girl from Down Under" / "Olive's Dinosaur Dilemma" 1x08 November 7, 1987
"Dr. Junior and Mr. Hyde" / "Popeye's Surfin' Adventure" 1x09 November 14, 1987
"Split Decision" / "The Case of the Burger Burglar" 1x10 November 21, 1987
"Orchid You Not" / "Ain't Mythbehavin'" 1x11 November 28, 1987
"There Goes the Neighborhood" / "Prince of a Fellow" 1x12 December 5, 1987
"Olive's Day Off" / "Damsel in Distress" 1x13 December 12, 1987

Cast

Credits

These identical credits appeared at the end of every episode.

References