Senior HTF Member
- Jul 3, 1997
- Real Name
- Ronald Epstein
First post updated with official Press Release
Lest we forget that these would have been the executives who wanted Robert Redford and Paul Newman to play Kirk and Spock in Star Trek: The Motion Picture ... with Bob Newhart playing the Communications Officer (According to Gene Roddenberry) ...I can only assume that the Paramount executives who were convinced that getting Robert Altman to direct Popeye was a good idea were the same ones who approached David Cronenberg to direct Flashdance.
You mean Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg? Don't forget that this was a co-production with Walt Disney Productions; the other one in the deal was Dragonslayer.I can only assume that the Paramount executives who were convinced that getting Robert Altman to direct Popeye was a good idea were the same ones who approached David Cronenberg to direct Flashdance.
While Robin & Shelley were trying to capture the cartoon voices, screenwriter Jules Pfeiffer said he was trying to capture the whimsical comic strip--The subplot about Baby Swee'pea predicting races was originally written for Eugene the Jeep (who we only saw in a couple of the Fleischer toons), but CGI didn't exist yet.I don't think I ever saw the entire film, but what I did see of it made me think they were trying to duplicate the quirky world of Popeye as seen in the original comic strips by E.C. Segar in the 1930's, as well as Jack Mercer's definitive characterization. All the Segar strips have been re-published and are heartily recommended to anyone with a passing interest in the character or anyone who just enjoys brilliant, creative comic work by the Charles Dickens of comic strips.
I still remember a Robin Williams interview from this era where he talks about problems they had with the octopus used in one scene. The Paramount-financed octo didn't work, so they called in Disney and had one that could make you dinner and teach calculus in no time!You mean Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg? Don't forget that this was a co-production with Walt Disney Productions; the other one in the deal was Dragonslayer.
Based on my circa 2003 review, I liked "Dragonslayer" a lot more than I liked "Popeye"!This was one of only two collaborations between the Disney Studios and Paramount. The other is DRAGONSLAYER, and I surely hope a great transfer of that is in preparation, ideally with a lot of bonus features such as commentary by the director and some of the effects people.
As for POPEYE, I kinda-sorta like it. The songs are pretty bland (although one, "He's Large" resonates), some of the stunts are good, the casting was clever, and the baby is cute. But I feel the movie goes on about 20 minutes too long.
I'm a little more hopeful for a Dragonslayer disk TODAY than I was in the 00's, since Dragonslayer, like Popeye, Clue and the Harrison Ford Jack-Ryans, seem to be on the list of Paramount "orphans" that are a little too accessible to streaming and third-party disk.Based on my circa 2003 review, I liked "Dragonslayer" a lot more than I liked "Popeye"!
Matthew Robbins is still active in films, so he could be available for a commentary. Whether he would do one - and whether Paramount would bother - is a different matter.
I forgot the "Dragonslayer" DVD came with literally zero extras. As did "Popeye".
Is this a misprint? Robert Altman died in 2006.The new Blu-ray includes access to a Digital copy of the film, along with nearly 30 minutes of all-new bonus content featuring excerpts from one of Robin Williams’ final interviews, an interview with director Robert Altman from 2014, as well as a newly conducted interview with Stephen Altman. The full list of bonus features is below:
- · Return to Sweethaven: A Look Back with Robin and the Altmans
- · The Popeye Company Players
- · Popeye’s Premiere
- · The Sailor Man Medleys
- · Theatrical Trailer