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Based on the long-running comic strip created by E.C. Segar (and less on the animated cartoons created by Max Fleischer, which were decidedly ...
Based on the long-running comic strip created by E.C. Segar (and less on the animated cartoons created by Max Fleischer, which were decidedly different in tone and approach), Popeye follows the sailor man with the mighty arms (played by Robin Williams in his first major film role) as he arrives in the seaside community of Sweethaven in search of his long-lost father. Popeye meets and quickly falls for the slender Olive Oyl (Shelley Duvall, in the role she was born to play), but Olive's hand has already been promised to the hulking Bluto (Paul Smith), of whom Olive can say little except, well, he's large. Eventually, Popeye and Olive are brought together by Swee' Pea (Wesley Ivan Hurt), an adorable foundling, and Popeye finally meets his dad, Poopdeck Pappy (Ray Walston). Director Robert Altman in no way tempered his trademark style for this big-budget family opus, crowding the screen with a variety of characters and allowing his cast to overlap as much dialogue as they want. Mark Deming, Rovi
Reviews of Popeye
Oldie but Still Great Oct 8, 2014
As received, the soundtrack, colors, images, and dvd itself were in outstanding condition, considering the age of this movie. Worth viewing again, or for the first time. Some limited "salty" wording from Poop Deck Pappy, very entertaining overall. If you can buy at big discount, go for it.
A Classic Jul 12, 2012
this was a good, good movie. I love Popeye
the saler man.
Spinach To The Rescue Apr 14, 2010
GENRE: Live Action Cartoon/Musical
CAST: Robin Williams, Shelley Duvall, Paul L Smith, Paul Dooley, Linda Hunt, Peter Bray, Donald Moffat, Roberta Maxwell, Donovan Scott, MacIntyre Dixon and Dennis Franz
PLOT: Since infancy, Popeye has not seen his Pappy. A vision of his mother tells him he will reune with his father in Sweethaven. Here he meets Olive Oyl and the rest of the Thimble Theater troupe. An abandoned baby brings Popeye and Olive together in love. The baby, Swee' Pea, has extraordinary powers and is kidnapped. In the pursuit to rescue the infant, Pappy is found. Spinach, as usual, saves the day..
RETURN ON INVESTMENT: 9 of 10; For the children viewers, there is the phenomenal town of the fantasy to get lost in. The characters are truly magical themselves and as a cartoon should, all the action is exaggerated. For the adult viewer, there is the musical composed by Nilsson which is just as whimsical as the rest of the presentation. Has anyone done whimsical better than Nilsson in the last 100 years? (Me and My Arrow)
DVD BONUS: None (a shame because though the bigs of Hollywood labeled this a flop, it will live as a must see for every child)ADDED NOTES: Director Robert Altman's original product was three hours long and the material still exists. This edited version lasts just shy of two hours. So maybe for the fifty year anniversary we'll get to see it all as the master envisioned it.
And yes, that cast member listed is Dennis Franz who plays a marvelous singing bully in this film.
Cute Movie Feb 12, 2009
Robin Williams is a great Hero as Popeye.
Shelley Duvall really sounds like Olive Oyl from the cartoons. All the characters as a matter of fact bring back childhood memories.
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