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Cartoon Culture

Cartoon Culture: Popeye Soap


In North America, more kids think of Popeye as a Fried Chicken resturant chain. In Chile, Popeye represents a bar of soap. Brew reader Diego Cumplido sent this in. “I remember doing little sculptures in school made of Popeye’s Soap when I was a kid. It reads “since 1949” and “the power of cleaning”.

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  • So we can find this next to the Olive Oyl of Olay?
    Popeye has one of the longest lists of licensed products worldwide for a cartoon character- Nothink to be embarrasked about, AT ALLSK!

  • Kevin Wollenweber

    You know, I find it embarrassingly disturbing that we find more ways to manufacture images of classic cartoon characters onto every other product *BUT* completist and expansive video collections!! At least in this case, perhaps, the Fleischer Estate is making good money *AND* this particular character *IS* seeing his cartoons as restored as humanly possible and reissued!

  • Lyndon Baines Moskowitz

    Don’t know if the Fleischer estate sees a dime from any of this, but King Features Syndicate probably does.

  • Charlie

    There’s PLENTY of examples where I live. It’s mostly ‘Road Runner’ (or could be ‘Lil’ Beeper’) mascoting for speedy services or anything Acme.

    Just a few days ago, I saw a truck with ‘Tom’ but, that was in my work parking lot…and unfortunately, I was working.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    Being reminded of the Korean snack bag I showed here a couple years back. Didn’t think Popeye was so squeaky clean fun! :-)

  • Great. I’m so proud!.