People lining the route of the 68th annual Frontier Day Parade in downtown Terre Haute, Ind., on the Fourth of July were treated to a delightful array of festooned families and the sight of Popeye, the World’s Most Famous Sailor Man, escorting his goil, Olive Oyl, down Wabash Avenue. It was pure Americana. Check out the fun here: (more…)
This annual international tradeshow kicked off on June 18 and runs through June 20, 2013. More than 400 exhibitors representing more than 5,000 brands and properties, as well as licensing agents from 90+ countries, will attend Licensing Expo 2013. (more…)
“Popeye: The 1960’s Animated Classics Collection,” the classic (1960) TV version of the adventures of Popeye the Sailor Man featuring the voices of Jack Mercer, Mae Questal and Jackson Beck, is now available on DVD. This highly anticipated release is on sale at Warner Bros. online shop. Order your copy today!
With TV reruns of the Fleischer/Famous Studios theatrical shorts proving that Popeye still packed a spinach-powered punch that delivered smash ratings, King Features commissioned a new series of Sailor Man shorts in the 1960’s under the aegis of executive producer Al Brodax. The TV incarnation of Popeye made up for its scaled-back animation with a broadened narrative scope and scale while still staying true to the source, thanks to the continued use of voice actors Jack Mercer (Popeye), Mae Questel (Olive) and Jackson Beck (Bluto/Brutus), as well as the use of veteran Popeye animation talents then working at Paramount Cartoon Studios. Adding to the “I yam what I yam” authenticity is the addition of a number of THIMBLE THEATER comic strip characters making their cartoon debuts – including King Blozo, Toar and Sea Hag! Among the cartoons contained in this two-disc, 72-episode volume are all of the Paramount TV Popeye cartoons. (more…)