Sunday, January 15, 2017

Nostalgia Theater: Popeye and Son -- The Sailor Man Becomes a Family Man

During the '80s, in addition to the trend of de-aging iconic animated characters, another thing we saw a fair amount of was pairing up familiar cartoon heroes with their offspring. There was Pink Panther and Sons in the early part of the decade, and another such example is this gone-in-a-minute show that aired on CBS during the fall of '87. While they'd been kicking around since their introduction in the '30s, the notion of Popeye and Olive Oyl as a romantic pairing was always sort of baffling, and Popeye and Son took things a step further and posited that not only did they get married, but had offspring as well, as the show's intro explains:

I'm not really sure why Popeye Junior would be so normal looking when he has these two genetic mutants as his parents, but whaddya do, cartoon logic, right? Anyway, the premise of the show (produced by Hanna-Barbera) has us following Junior's exploits on the schoolyard, usually tangling with Bluto, son of Popeye's eternal nemesis Bluto, with the famous sailor man (whose kid hates spinach, by the way) occasionally popping in to offer wisdom and assistance. Sounds riveting, I know. Popeye and Son lasted thirteen episodes, after which Junior and Tank dropped into the memory hole and were never heard from again in any other Popeye incarnation since.

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