Hollywood Flashback: Robin Williams Was Strong to the Finish in ‘Popeye’ in 1980

Hollywood Flashback: Robin Williams Was Strong to the Finish in ‘Popeye’ in 1980
Popeye, which turns 40 this month, owes a debt to another beloved character: Little Orphan Annie. Producer Robert Evans desperately wanted to make Annie for Paramount. But when it went to Columbia, he was determined to make his own comic strip musical, and learned that Paramount owned Popeye.

Evans asked cartoonist and screenwriter Jules Feiffer (Carnal Knowledge) to pen the screenplay. Feiffer agreed, as long as it could be based on E.C. Segar’s original Popeye strip — “a work of genius,” he said — instead of Max Fleischer’s Popeye the Sailor cartoons, which he felt were not. (“I want ...
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