Overview of Popeye
Do you remember the funny cartoon character called Popeye and his girlfriend Olive Oyl and the villain of the story Bluto, the terrific love triangle? Bluto always try to impress olive and troubles Popeye a lot. Popeye always caught into the trap made by Bluto and Popeye finds himself in a drastic situation from where escaping is like impossible and suddenly a can full of spinach falls from Popeye’s pocket, he gulped it and got the supernatural power to fight with all difficulties. Somehow this is all about the stories of the Popeye the sailor man’s tale. In different episode the environment changes but the spinach can and Popeye’s invariable attacking approach to Bluto remains the same. I know now you can easily figure out the famous fictional character of Popeye.
Elzie Crislar Segar created the character of Popeye. The Popeye character first featured in the daily King Features comic strip Thimble Theatre on January 17th 1929. In 1933, Max and Dave Fleischer studios took the Thimble theatre characters. Popeye made his first film in Popeye the sailor, on 1933. First time Popeye’s music was composed. Sammy Lerner wrote the famous song “I’m Popeye the Sailor Man. I am what I Yam. This song became very popular among listeners because of its simplicity. Beginning of the first few cartoons, the movie’s music consists of an instrumental of “The sailor’s Hornpipe”. After that vocal variation “Strike up the Band (here comes a sailor),” replaced the phrase “for Popeye the sailor”. Last of all “I yam what I yam” tune was also used as the theme song.
The original Popeye character was voiced by William “Billy” Costello, also known as “Red Pepper Sam”. By the blessing of the animation series Popeye’s stories became very famous even more than the comic stories. One survey reveals that in 1930 the Popeye’s character was more popular than Mickey Mouse and 1938 s polls told that Popeye was the most popular Hollywood cartoon character.
Popeye’s character not only famous among the children but also eighties also. The funny combination between Popeye and his girlfriend olive always attracts the cartoon lovers. Especially children like Popeye’s funny way of eating spinach, singing the song “I’m Popeye the Sailor Man. I am what I Yam.” The Popeye character was depicted in the story as it can fight with any difficult problems; it has strong sense of investigation, gigantic power after eating the spinach and also dies hard romantic who listen every word of his girlfriend. No one can rebuke or scold Popeye except his girlfriend olive.
After Segar’s death in 1938, many other artists are appointed to draw the strip. Later Tom Sims continued writing Thimble Theatre’s strips. Bela Zaboly efficiently controlled the artwork during Sim’s time. After Sim Segendorf wrote and drew the daily strip until 1986 and continued it until 1994. From 1986 to 1992, the daily strip was written and drawn by Bobby London. On January 1, 2009 since after the death of Segar, the Popeye character carbonized in different countries, but the real copyright is reserved to United States because Segar was an employee of King Features Syndicate.
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