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Date Posted: 16:36:16 03/06/16 Sun
Author: Bum
Subject: Re: Cap'n Jim's Popeye Club
In reply to: WTK 's message, "Re: Cap'n Jim's Popeye Club" on 10:16:22 03/04/16 Fri

The Disney story is a myth, but the real reason for the name change IS related to legalities: King Features Syndicate, who produced the 1960-62 made-for-TV Popeye cartoons,[and syndicated the Popeye daily comic strip], was told by Paramount Pictures [whose cartoon studio, formerly the Max Fleischer Studio, had produced the theatrical Popeye cartoons from 1933 to 1957].] that they [Paramount] owned the rights to the character Bluto, since he was an original creation for the theatrical cartoons, and not the comic strip. Turns out this was wrong information, but King Features never bothered researching the matter and to play it safe, changed the name from Bluto to Brutus. Or, to be technical, they created and entire new character named Brutus, who is supposed to be totally unrelated to Bluto, even though they have the same appearance and demeanor [and were both voiced by Jackson Beck].

I grew up in the 1970's with those horrible made-for-TV Popeyes playing on Adventure Time, and back then I didn't even know there WERE any other Popeyes until 1978 when WPTT came on the air, and started showing the Fleischer/Paramount theatrical cartoons....

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