Popeye's Voyage: The Quest for Pappy

Popeye's Voyage: The Quest for Pappy

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Based on Popeye
by Elzie Crisler Segar
Screenplay by Jim Hardison
Paul Reiser
Directed by Ezekiel Norton
Starring Billy West
Tabitha St. Germain
Garry Chalk
Sanders Whiting
Kathy Bates
Theme music composer Kevin Kliesch
Mark Mothersbaugh
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Gio Corsi
Barbara Zelinski
Editor(s) Colin Adams
Running time 49 minutes
Production company(s) Mainframe Entertainment (now Rainmaker Entertainment)
Nuance Productions
Distributor Lionsgate
Original network Fox
Original release
  • November 9, 2004 (2004-11-09)

Popeye's Voyage: The Quest for Pappy is a 2004 computer-animated television special produced by Mainframe Entertainment for Lions Gate Entertainment. The special, created to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Popeye the Sailor comic strip character, first aired on Fox on December 17, 2004 and was rebroadcast on the same network in December 2005.


Popeye is on a quest to find his missing father Poopdeck Pappy. Popeye is dogged by nightmares warning him that his Pappy, who abandoned him as a child, is in danger and needs him, so he bravely sets out on the open sea to find his long-lost father. Accompanied by the admiring Olive Oyl, the brawny Bluto, and little Swee'Pea, he heads for the Sea of Mystery, which happens to be in the evil Sea Hag’s domain. Strange things begin to happen along the way, as the group encounters sirens, serpents, and menacing mists.



Originally this special was going to be a Claymation feature by Will Vinton, but due to Vinton losing his studio due to financial reasons in 2002 the special was picked up by Mainframe Entertainment.[1]

Billy West described the production as "the hardest job I ever did, ever" and the voice of Popeye as "like a buzzsaw in your throat."[2]


The film received mixed reviews from critics.


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