Hanna-Barbera’s The All New Popeye Hour originally ran on CBS from September, 1978 to September, 1981. After that, the show was cut to 30 minutes and re-titled The Popeye and Olive Show.
The All New Popeye Hour was inspired by the Popeye comic strips of the 1930s (Thimble Theatre) and featured Popeye in his old sailor’s outfit, reverted Brutus’ name to Bluto and often featured Popeye’s “family” members; Swee’Pea, Poopdeck Pappy and four troublesome nephews.
Popeye was played by originating actor, Jack Mercer, Olive Oyl by Marilyn Schreffler and Bluto by Allan Melvin (The Brady Bunch). Additional cast voices were provided by cartoon greats Daws Butler as Wimpy and Frank Welker as Dinky Dog. Dinky Dog was an additional animated segment that featured a giant sheepdog.
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