Ren and Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi has been writing about cartoon characters with personality. Today, he examines the appeal of Popeye.
Here's the opposite of bland. Now I knew tons of little kids who indentified with Popeye, even though he is a bizarre looking 90 year old toothless man who eats terrible tasting spinach. Everything about him is unique and original, even his walks and taste in women. He has more personality that the rest of animated feature heroes combined and he's funny and charismatic.Link
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