Western Animation / Popeye And Son

A spinoff TV series of Popeye that ran in 1987; it consisted of 26 episodes and was produced by Hanna-Barbera.

Popeye and Olive finally marry and have a son. He gets named Popeye Jr. or simply Junior. Popeye's longtime archenemy Bluto also marries and has a son named Tank. Just like their fathers, Junior and Tank become major rivals. Most of the other Popeye cast like Wimpy and Eugene the Jeep show up too.

Together, Popeye and family had many adventures during the show's run. Just like his father, Junior could eat spinach (which he hated) and would gain superhuman strength. However due to network standards and practices of the era, don't expect to see any brawling like that of the classic Popeye cartoons.

This series contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Accidental Proposal: How Bluto ended up married to Lizzie - during one of his attempts to sabotage Popeye and Olive's wedding, he stole the wedding ring, and due to a convoluted series of events, ended up at the site of the wedding ceremony. Lizzie saw the ring, which he was holding, and believed he was proposing to her - having always thought of him as a "dreamboat", she accepted, and had the ceremony started immediately.
  • Aerith and Bob: Junior, Dee Dee, Polly, Woody...and Bluto's son, Tank. Not exactly weird, but still an unusual name compared to the more mundane examples.
  • Chaste Toons: Averted with Popeye and Bluto, who have sons, but played straight with Wimpy, who only has a nephew named Francis.
  • Crippling the Competition: Played with in "Bluto's Wave Pool". Tank and his gang sabotage the beach so that everyone would come to Bluto's water park.
  • The '80s
  • Men Can't Keep House: One episode deals with Olive Oyl being away while having Popeye and Junior to keep an eye on their home. The two of them use spinach to completely clean up the house.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Averted in sharp contrast to the original Popeye cartoons. Even when Popeye or his son consumed spinach, you wouldn't see them punching out Bluto or Tank due to network standards & practices.
  • Off Model
  • Pet the Dog: Bluto in "Junior Gets a Job" - he willingly hires Junior when the latter needs money, doesn't hold him responsible for the trouble Tank caused, and when he learns that Junior was saving up to buy the same pendant Bluto ordered for his wife, he pretends to have changed his mind about it so that Junior can buy it.
  • Spin-Offspring: The whole premise of the show.
  • Stock Yuck: A Running Gag is that while Junior also gets super strength from spinach, he will generally do his best to solve the problem of the week without eating any. When he does, he always grimaces.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The only Popeye cast member not in this show is Swee'Pea. Justified as Junior takes over his role. Likewise, Popeye's four lookalike nephews (last seen in Hanna-Barbera's 1978 show and pared down to three) are conspicuously absent.