A Popeye Panorama

Dear David: I am a big fan of the Popeye cartoons that were produced in the 1930s-‘50s. Could you please tell me who did the voices of Popeye, Olive Oyl, and Bluto/Brutus during this time? – J.K., Salem, IN

Dear J.K.: The Popeye cartoons were produced from 1933-57, and here’s who did the voices.

Popeye’s voice was provided by William Costello from 1933-35, and then he was replaced by animator-writer Jack Mercer, who gave Popeye his voice up until 1980, including the 1978 Saturday morning series “The All-New Popeye Hour.” He died in 1984 at age 74.

Olive Oyl was originally voiced by Mae Questel, who also provided the voice of Betty Boop. She gave up the role in 1938, and Margie Hines took over from 1938-43, when Questel returned to the role.

Bluto/Brutus was voiced by Gus Wickie at the beginning but was succeeded by animator Pinto Colvig, who also provided the voice of Goofy for Disney cartoons as well as the voice of Mickey Mouse’s dog Pluto. This means that for a while he was the voice of Pluto and Bluto! He was succeeded by Jackson Beck in the mid-1940s.

Also, Hines and Mercer were married briefly, so for a while Popeye and Olive Oyl were voiced by husband and wife.

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