Friday, March 20, 2015

Rein-Toon-Ation: Popeye & Son (1987)

Blow me down!

5 years after his previous series ended, Popeye returned to CBS and Hanna-Barbera, but with a few changes.

First, Jack Mercer, the actor most commonly associated with Popeye, had passed away in 1984, so impressionist Maurice LaMarche was tapped to succeed Mercer.

Next, Hanna-Barbera decided it was time for Olive Oyl (Marilyn Schreffler) to marry Popeye. Likewise, Bluto (Allan Melvin) found himself a wife. This leads to what amounts to Popeye: The Next Generation, but since Star Trek co-opted that subtitle first, the new show was titled, Popeye & Son.

This meant, of course, that H-B needed a new license for the characters in order to create a family for Bluto and to give Popeye & Olive a son, Popeye, Jr. (Josh Rodine), who isn't too fond of spinach, but rather prefers hamburgers, which makes one wonder if there's a familial link to one J. Wellington Wimpy.

The show is set in the town of Sweet Haven, just like the 1980 live-action movie with Robin Williams & Shelly Duvall. Missing from the picture is Swee'pea, who was adopted by Popeye and/or Olive back in the day. I don't think it was implied that Junior was meant to replace Swee'pea, but ya just don't know.

Here's "Don't Give Up The Picnic":



Unfortunately, after a cable run on USA in the 90's, the series has languished in the vaults. WB owns the show, but is in no hurry to release it on DVD.

No rating.

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