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Popeye is a American musical comedy film directed by Robert Altman and based on E. Segar 's comic strip of the same name from the Thimble Theatre comic strip. Paramount handled North American distribution, while Buena Vista International handled international distribution. Popeye premiered on December 6, in Los Angeles, California, to mostly tepid reviews. The film performed well at the box office, but fell short of studio projections; as a result, it has often been incorrectly reported as a financial flop.
Harry Nilsson 's soundtrack received mostly positive reviews. Popeyea strong sailor, arrives at the small coastal town of Sweethaven while searching for his missing father. He Tweedlee Dee - Various - Testament Du Rock Vol. 1 a room at the Oyl family's boarding house where the Oyls' daughter, Oliveis being planned to be engaged to Captain Blutoa powerful, perpetually angry bully who runs the town in the name of the mysterious Commodore.
She encounters Popeye, who failed to fit in with the townsfolk at the party. The two eventually come across an abandoned baby in a basket. Popeye and Olive adopt the child, naming him Swee'Pea after the town Sweethaven, and the two return to the Oyls' home.
Bluto finds out about this encounter, which results in him declaring heavy taxation for the Oyls' property and possessions out of rage. A greedy taxman follows Bluto's demand, but Popeye fixes the Oyls' financial situation by winning a hefty prize from defeating a boxer named Oxblood Oxheart. The next day, Popeye discovers that Swee'Pea can predict the future by whistling when he hears the correct answer to a question.
Wimpythe local mooch, hungry and petty gambler, also notices this and asks Popeye and Olive to take Swee'Pea out for a walk. However, he actually takes him to the "horse races" actually a mechanical carnival horse game and wins two games. Later, after Popeye throws the taxman into the sea simultaneously earning the respect of the townWimpy then Karl Alfred Boy (Im Popeye The Sailor Man) - Rockfolket - Andra Repetitionen the child under the guidance of Bluto.
Bluto takes Swee'Pea, but Wimpy also informs Popeye about the kidnapping, after being threatened by Olive. He goes to the Commodore's ship, where Popeye finds out the Commodore is indeed Popeye's father, Poopdeck Pappywho accepts that Popeye is his son after exposing Popeyes hatred of Spinach.
Meanwhile, however, Bluto kidnaps Olive and sets sail to find buried treasure promised by Pappy. Popeye, Pappy, Wimpy and the Oyl family board Pappy's ship to chase Bluto into Scab Island, a desolate island in the middle of the ocean. Popeye catches Bluto and fights him, but despite his determination, Popeye is overpowered. During the duel, Pappy recovers his treasure and opens the chest to reveal a collection of personal sentimental items from Popeye's infancy, including a few cans of spinach.
A gigantic octopus awakens and attacks Olive from underwater after Pappy saves Swee'Pea from a similar fate. With Popeye in a choke hold, Pappy throws him a can of spinach; Bluto, recognizing Popeye's dislike Karl Alfred Boy (Im Popeye The Sailor Man) - Rockfolket - Andra Repetitionen spinach, force-feeds him the can before throwing him into the water.
The spinach revitalizes Popeye and boosts his strength, defeating Bluto and the giant octopus. Popeye celebrates his victory and his new-found appreciation of spinach while Bluto swims off, having literally turned yellow. According to James Robert Parishin his book Fiasco: A History of Hollywood's Iconic Flopsthe idea for the Popeye musical had its basis in the bidding war for the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Annie between the two major studios vying for the rights, Columbia and Paramount.
When Robert Evans found out that Paramount had lost the bidding for Anniehe held an executive meeting in which he asked about comic strip characters which the studio held the rights to which could also be used in order to create a movie musical, and one attendee said "Popeye".
At that time, even though King Features Syndicate now a unit of Hearst retained the television rights to Popeye and related characters, with Hanna-Barbera then producing the series The All-New Popeye Hour under license from King Features, Paramount had long held the theatrical rights to the Popeye character, due to the studio releasing Popeye cartoons produced by Fleischer Studios and Famous Studiosrespectively, from to Evans commissioned Jules Feiffer to write a script.
Gilda Radnerthen a hot new star as an original cast member of Saturday Night Livewas also considered for the Olive Oyl role. However, Radner's manager Bernie Brillstein later wrote how he discouraged her from taking the part due his concerns about the quality of the script and worries about her working for months on an isolated set with Evans and Altman both known for erratic behavior and unorthodox creative methods.
In DecemberDisney joined the film as part of a two-picture co-production deal with Paramount which also included Dragonslayer. Disney acquired the foreign rights through its Buena Vista unit; the deal was motivated by the drawing power that the studio's films had in Europe. The film was shot in Malta. The elaborate Sweethaven set was Karl Alfred Boy (Im Popeye The Sailor Man) - Rockfolket - Andra Repetitionen beyond what was needed for filming, adding to the cost and complexity of the production, along with a recording studio, editing facilities, and other buildings related to the production, including living quarters.
The set still exists, and it is now a popular tourist attraction known as Popeye Karl Alfred Boy (Im Popeye The Sailor Man) - Rockfolket - Andra Repetitionen . Parish notes a variety of other production problems.
Feiffer's script went through rewrites during the production, and he expressed concern too much screen time was being devoted to minor characters. He also disliked Nilsson's songs, feeling they weren't right for the film. The Cry Wolf - Wolfpakk - Cry Wolf inflatable arms designed for the muscle-bound Popeye did not look satisfactory, so new ones were commissioned and made in Italy, leaving Altman to film scenes not showing them until the new ones arrived.
Altman also had the cast singing their musical numbers live -- contrary to standard convention for a movie musical where songs are recorded first in a studio and lip-synched -- causing sound quality problems. Williams also had to re-record his dialogue after running into trouble with his character's mumbling style, a by-product of talking with a pipe in his mouth, and his affinity for ad-libs also led to clashes with the director. The final battle involving the octopus led to more headaches when the mechanical beast failed to work properly.
Segar's 86th birthday. Film Comment later wrote "Before the film's release, industry wags were calling it 'Evansgate'" but "Apparently the film has caught on solidly with young children. Although the film's gross was decent, it was nowhere near the blockbuster that Paramount and Disney had expected, and was thus written off as a disappointment. Some reviews were highly favorable. Roger Ebert gave the film 3. Other critics were unfavorable, such as Leonard Maltinwho described the picture as a bomb: "E.
Segar's beloved sailorman boards a sinking ship in this astonishingly boring movie. A game cast does its best with an unfunny script, cluttered staging, and some alleged songs. Tune in a couple hours' worth of Max Fleischer cartoons instead; you'll be much better off. It is, in short, a very mixed bag. It's only when they allow the characters to fall back on their cartoon craziness Regurgitation Of Human Remains - Mutilated Judge, Putrefuck - Split the picture works at all.
The soundtrack was composed by Dont Want You Back - Backstreet Boys - Millennium Nilssonwho took a break from producing his album Flash Harry to write the score for the film.
He wrote all the original songs and co-produced the music with producer Bruce Robb at Cherokee Studios. The soundtrack in the film was unusual in that the actors sang some of the songs "live". For that reason, the studio album did not quite match the tracks heard in the film. Van Dyke Parks is credited as music arranger. In the U. The song "Everything Is Food" was not included on la Gloire de Dieu, Notre Pere - Didier Rimaud / Jacques Berthier - Pour la Gloire de Dieu album, while the song "Din' We" which was cut from the film was included.
InVarese Sarabande released a deluxe edition that places the songs into the original order of the film, reinstates "Everything Is Food" and includes a second disc of demo versions of the songs sung by Nilsson and the cast. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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