Popeye Village at Anchor Bay

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Popeye Village, also known as Sweethaven Village, is a purpose-built film set village, now converted into a small attraction fun park, consisting of a collection of rustic and ramshackle wooden buildings. It is located at Anchor Bay, 3 kilometres (2 mi) from the village core of Mellieħa, Malta. It was built as a film set for the production of the 1980 live-action musical feature film Popeye, produced by Paramount Pictures and Walt Disney Productions starring Robin Williams. Today it is open to the public as an open-air museum and sea-side resort.

Popeye Village is open to the public seven days a week and, apart from the film set itself, has a number of family attractions for the visitor to experience. There are shows, rides and museums, as well as play houses where children can climb and explore the village. Children may also get to meet the main characters from the show such as Popeye, Olive Oyl, Bluto and Wimpy. Some of the houses in Popeye Village have been equipped with various items related to the filming, including props used in the film’s production. Every fifteen minutes when the weather permits, visitors can enjoy a fifteen-minute boat trip around Anchor Bay where one can photograph the scenery and view Popeye Village from the sea.

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Performers and animators provide regular entertainment for families while they are visiting the village, and many of these shows interact with the audience. They include:

  • Puppet Show: Featuring five Popeye characters and the Puppet Master, the story is fully interactive with the children in the audience.
  • Figaro: The barber of Sweethaven creates his miraculous and artistic hairstyles whilst singing happily to classical music.
  • Jerry Sprinjer Show: This performance investigates an old secret that has been lurking in Sweethaven. Two “bodyguards” are chosen, and the audience has a chance to ask questions to discover the story’s conclusion.
  • Popeye and his Friends: A play featuring some famous and not so famous singers, each dance has been choreographed with attention to detail. It is this show where all the Popeye characters gather on stage to sing the Popeye theme song.
  • Doctor Graves: Doctor Graves picks a member of the audience to try his experiment on. The audience member is sent to Hollywood.

Situated in the centre of Popeye Village’s Lower Complex, visitors can see a 15-minute history and information audio-visual show which includes clips from the actual film and the set’s construction. The cinema can accommodate approximately 40 people and has a show every hour. Popeye Village hosts a variety of functions and activities at certain times of the year, including casual barbecue lunches and dinners.

Read more on Popeye Village and Wikipedia Popeye Village (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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