Welcome back friends to a new installment of Retro Records – for this offering we are going with a wonderful LP featuring Popeye the Sailor. Released by Peter Pan records to tie-in with the 1980 live-action film starring Robin Williams and Shelley Duvall, Popeye in the Movies finds our favorite sailor man and his main squeeze visiting a movie studio. Rather fitting wouldn’t you agree? As you might guess, much like what occurs in his animated fare – things get complicated for Popeye and Olive Oyl and quickly.
Popeye in the Movies finds Popeye getting in a bit of hot water while visiting the TSM Productions lot. First of all thanks to the realism of the sets at the studio, Popeye accidentally gets involved while a gangster film is being shot. Afterwards Olive Oyl and her spinach-eating beau are thrust into danger on the set of a wild west film. Due to a runaway horse from the Western shoot – Popeye and Olive blunder into both a romantic film taking place on stage built to be London and finally they land in a chariot race being held in a mighty coliseum set. Of course when things look their worst, you know that Popeye can fall back on his can of spinach to set things right!
Something to note about Popeye in the Movies is that it boasts the voice talent of Jack Mercer. The celebrated voice actor at the time of his passing in 1984 had earned 475 acting credits. Mercer actually worked at the Fleischer Studios as an inbetweener – providing the intermediate frames between the key frames. However when the original voice actor of the animated sailor, William Costello, became an issue for Fleischer Studios – he was let go and Jack filled the vacant role of Popeye’s voice.
Starting in 1935, he would voice Popeye all the way up to having a cameo spot at the opening of 1980’s Popeye – that includes a 204 episode stint from 1960 until 1962 for the Popeye the Sailor series. In addtion to Popeye, Mercer also voiced the late 50’s and early 60’s Felix the Cat and various characters in the 60’s animated series The Mighty Hercules to name just a few roles.
Friends, go grab your favorite snack and beverage and join us as we listen to Popeye in the Movies on Retro Records!
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