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"A Day at the Rodeo" is an episode from The All-New Popeye Hour's "The Adventures of Popeye" segment for Hanna-Barbera Productions in association with King Features Syndicate. It first aired on December 23, 1978 and was directed by George Gordon, Carl Urbano and Rudy Zamora. Popeye was voiced by Jack Mercer, Olive Oyl was voiced by Marilyn Schreffler, Wimpy was voiced by Daws Butler and Bluto was voiced by Allan Melvin.



Popeye and Bluto are competing in a rodeo for a date with rodeo queen Olive. The first event is bronc riding and Bluto cheats before they burst from the chute by slapping Popeye's hat over his eyes. Bluto shows off with some fancy trick riding but, even blinded, Popeye is still a match for him.

Next, in the steer riding event, Bluto's tricks backfire. Popeye not only wins, he sets a new bull riding record and Bluto has to be carried off on a stretcher.

Bluto almost misses the bullfighting event next but wakes up just in time to face his opponent. The bull really has Bluto against the ropes but Bluto manages to take it down before the final bell. Bluto's take-down impresses everyone but Bluto still cheats to ensure that he wins this event. He puts on a bull costume to fight Popeye himself. Popeye uses his red neckerchief as a cape to hide a boxing glove and knocks Bluto out on the first pass to win.

In the barrel racing event, Bluto tries to win by anchoring Popeye's horse down with a magnet. This stunt makes Bluto overconfident so he stops to flirt with Olive. Popeye is able to free his horse and rounds the barrels with blinding speed to win this event also.

The last event is calf roping. Bluto trips over Popeye's rope and smashes the pen holding the calf's mother. Popeye eats his spinach to round up both calf and mother to win the rodeo.


  • There is an error in the animation in this episode. When Popeye is bucked off of his bronc he lands in a trough of water. In the first scene Popeye has his chaps on like he should. In the second scene he has no pants on. In the last scene he only has his blue jeans on.

Episode details

This segment was from episode 16 in the series, aired in season 1, episode 16 of The All-New Popeye Hour. Below is a list of the other segments for this episode.

Segment Title Seg #
The Adventures of Popeye "Popeye Snags the Seahag" 16A
Health Tip (Electricity) 16B
The Adventures of Popeye "The Three Ring Ding-a-ling" 16C
Dinky Dog "Abominable Dinky" 16D
Health Tip (Bathroom Safety) 16E
The Adventures of Popeye "A Day at the Rodeo" 16F
Health Tip (Don't Open Doors To Strangers) 16G

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