Villages and even entire cities built for filmmaking are often torn down shortly after shooting is finished, or they deteriorate into a sad memory of a short film career. An entirely different fate befell the town of Mellieha, on the northwestern tip of Malta. In 1979, in the picturesque Anchor Bay, in preparation for the musical ‘Popeye’ directed by Robert Altman. Robin Williams was given the lead role - at that time, he was a beginner in the movie world and unknown to anyone in Hollywood. ‘Popeye’ was only his second appearance. The film did not arouse interest as Altman decided to make a musical out of it and in the 1980s the popularity of music films faded away. Williams' talent, on the other hand, was recognized and it was the beginning of his successful path. Altman's film became for him just a spark that ignited his acting career - after "Popeye" he starred in over 90 films and TV series.Shortly after the end of the film, colorful wooden houses have become an element of the amusement park's decor, where both children and adults can enjoy themselves at will. Welcome to Popeye Village. The film tells about the adventures of the fearless but benevolent sailor Popeye, who draws his strength from spinach eaten in large quantities. He is accompanied by his beloved Olivia Oyl and unpleasant captain Bluto. In the streets of the village you can meet all the heroes of the musical, who accost visitors to the park and invite them to play. More than 20 houses were built in the village, made of wood imported from the Netherlands. The roofs were covered with shingles imported from Canada, and everything was connected with 8 tons of nails. Over 750 liters of paint were used to paint the elements of the film set. In order to protect the village from high waves, a breakwater of almost 80 meters was built. In the village of Popeye, younger children can enjoy educational games, puppet shows and rides around the village. A bit older visitors can learn about the secrets of the film crew's work, see how cartoons are made, and even take part in creating a real movie. There are no prohibitions here - children can freely visit all elements of the park, which include, among others post office, movie shop, school and even a boxing ring.The film set looks today how was looking in 1980. But not only children can have fun on this giant playground. There are water trampolines, boats to go on a cruise around the bay, specially prepared beaches and try delicacies in local restaurants. There are also integration events for companies and private parties. However, what is most captivating when visiting Popeye Village is the emery color of the water in Anchor Bay. When visiting the village, during the long maltese summer, no one would miss the opportunity to take a bath in it.

 

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Popeye Village

Villages and even entire cities built for filmmaking are often torn down shortly after shooting is finished, or they deteriorate into a sad memory of a short film career. An entirely different fate befell the town of Mellieha, on the northwestern tip of Malta. In 1979, in the picturesque Anchor Bay, in preparation for the musical ‘Popeye’ directed by Robert Altman. Robin Williams was given the lead role - at that time, he was a beginner in the movie world and unknown to anyone in Hollywood. ‘Popeye’ was only his second appearance. The film did not arouse interest as Altman decided to make a musical out of it and in the 1980s the popularity of music films faded away. Williams' talent, on the other hand, was recognized and it was the beginning of his successful path. Altman's film became for him just a spark that ignited his acting career - after "Popeye" he starred in over 90 films and TV series.Shortly after the end of the film, colorful wooden houses have become an element of the amusement park's decor, where both children and adults can enjoy themselves at will. Welcome to Popeye Village. The film tells about the adventures of the fearless but benevolent sailor Popeye, who draws his strength from spinach eaten in large quantities. He is accompanied by his beloved Olivia Oyl and unpleasant captain Bluto. In the streets of the village you can meet all the heroes of the musical, who accost visitors to the park and invite them to play. More than 20 houses were built in the village, made of wood imported from the Netherlands. The roofs were covered with shingles imported from Canada, and everything was connected with 8 tons of nails. Over 750 liters of paint were used to paint the elements of the film set. In order to protect the village from high waves, a breakwater of almost 80 meters was built. In the village of Popeye, younger children can enjoy educational games, puppet shows and rides around the village. A bit older visitors can learn about the secrets of the film crew's work, see how cartoons are made, and even take part in creating a real movie. There are no prohibitions here - children can freely visit all elements of the park, which include, among others post office, movie shop, school and even a boxing ring.The film set looks today how was looking in 1980. But not only children can have fun on this giant playground. There are water trampolines, boats to go on a cruise around the bay, specially prepared beaches and try delicacies in local restaurants. There are also integration events for companies and private parties. However, what is most captivating when visiting Popeye Village is the emery color of the water in Anchor Bay. When visiting the village, during the long maltese summer, no one would miss the opportunity to take a bath in it.