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You Gotta Be a Football Hero (1935)

When football star Bluto sweeps Olive Oyl off her feet during a game, Popeye retaliates by joining the opposing team.


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Uncredited cast:
William Costello ...
Popeye (voice) (uncredited)
Olive Oyl (voice) (uncredited)
Gus Wickie ...
Bluto (voice) (uncredited)


Popeye and Olive are attending a football game; Bluto's team takes the field, and Olive is swept off her feet, becoming a cheerleader for him. Popeye signs up and becomes quarterback of the opposing team, which is skinny and pathetic looking, compared to Bluto's team of huge bruisers. Things go badly, of course, until Popeye eats his spinach and becomes a whole football team himself, winning both the game and Olive. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Release Date:

30 August 1935 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This is the last time William Costello performs the voice of Popeye. See more »


You Gotta Be a Football Hero
Written by Al Sherman, Buddy Fields and Al Lewis
Played at the beginning
Sung by Olive Oyl
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You Gotta Be a Football Hero marked the last Popeye cartoon to be voiced by originator William Costello
14 September 2016 | by (Baton Rouge, LA) – See all my reviews

While this is a perfect cartoon to watch during this fall/football season, the reason I watched this one in particular right now is because this was the last one with original Popeye voice William Costello doing him. It seems he had a swelled head and was fired by Max Fleischer as a result. Jack Mercer-who was part of the studio staff at the time and did impersonations of Costello as the cartoon character to many of his colleagues' pleasure-replaced him and continued doing the voice for the rest of his lifetime. Anyway, Bluto is the football hero Olive Oyl loves which gets Popeye jealous so he joins the other team. I'll stop there and just say this was quite a funny cartoon to watch with many of the gags one associates with the Fleischer brothers (as usual, Dave Fleischer is credited as director but since he's always printed as such with each cartoon from the studio, that's a bit doubtful). Anyway, that's a recommendation for You Gotta Be a Football Hero.

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