Popeye the Sailorpedia

This article is about the television series. For other meanings, see Popeye the Sailor (disambiguation).

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Popeye the Sailor is an animated TV series produced for first-run syndication through King Features Syndicate that ran from 1960 to 1963 for 220 episodes. Episodes are grouped by production studios: Larry Harmon Pictures, Rembrandt Films/Halas and Batchelor, Gerald Ray Studios, Jack Kinney Productions and Paramount Cartoon Studios. The executive producer of the series was Al Brodax.


After the success of the original Popeye theatrical shorts produced from 1933 to 1957, King Features commissioned a new series of cartoons for television syndication starring Popeye, Olive Oyl and the newly-introduced Brutus (the name "Bluto" erroneusly believed to be unavailable). Though the series was produced using limited animation techniques (whose production values contrasted sharply to their earlier, theatrical counterparts), the series was a huge ratings success.

Popeye the Sailor aired in syndication in the US well into the 1990s. The episodes featured many characters from the original Thimble Theatre comic strip not seen in the theatrical series, including the Sea Hag, Toar, Rough House and King Blozo, and even Sappo's Professor Wotasnozzle. Notably, Popeye the Sailor marked the final time Mae Questel would voice Olive Oyl.

All animation studios other than Gerald Ray Studios had actual composers. The Gerald Ray-produced episodes used stock music.


Larry Harmon Pictures

Rembrandt Films/Halas and Batchelor

Gerald Ray Studios

Jack Kinney Productions

Paramount Cartoon Studios

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