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Popeye Village Malta – Anchor Bay, Malta

Popeye Village Malta is the converted film set from the live-action film Popeye repurposed as a theme park for all to enjoy.

The Popeye musical garnered a lot of attention when it was released in 1980. Based on the characters from E.C. Segar’s popular comic strip, directed by Robert Altman, and starring Robin Williams and Shelley Duvall, the film follows the adventures of Popeye as he searches for the fictional town of Sweethaven for his father. While the film received a lukewarm reception from critics and moviegoers, the natural beauty of the Maltese location shined through. Popeye Village Malta uses the film set as the foundation of the theme park. The Village offers a water park, animation shows, seasonal events, boat trips, puppet performances, a museum dedicated to Popeye characters, and a mini-golf course. Original props and costumes are also available for viewing.

Popeye Village Malta is open seven days a week and provides ample opportunity to learn about the history and cultural significance of Popeye.

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