a reply to: letni
The answer is he has both names. And it has nothing to do with the Mandela effect, but everything to do with coptyrights and intellectual property
To be more exact, there are two similar characters -- one named Brutus and one named Bluto. Which character/name appears in the cartoon depends on
which production company made the particular cartoon (there were two companies who made Popeye Cartoons) and at what era the particular cartoon was
Here are the details. I explained this before in a post on this thread a year ago, but here it is again:
It was originally Bluto, Then changed to Brutus, and then back to Bluto.
The reason for the change from Brutus to Bluto was for copyright purposes, but it seems it never needed to be changed (the lawyers made a mistake).
The original Popeye comic strip was owned by King Features syndicate. Max Fleischer studios began making animated versions of the strip for King
Features, and included the character of Bluto. Fleischer studio sold the film/cartoon rights to Associated Artists, but King Features (the originator
of the strip who still owned the print comic rights) later wanted to relaunch animated cartoons based on the comic strip.
The creator of a character matters when it comes to copyright/intellectual property law. King Features created Popeye, Olive, and the others, so they
could legally still use Popeye, Olive, etc in their new cartoons. However, King's legal department was operating under the incorrect information that
Fleischer studios -- not King Features -- had created the character of Bluto, and when Fleischer sold their cartoon rights, they also sold the rights
to Bluto (again, the false assumption was that Fleischer created Bluto).
So King's new cartoon would introduce a new character named Brutus (a character that was extremely similar to Bluto), thinking they weren't allowed to
call him Bluto, or else they'd be violating copyright laws. However, they were wrong. They actually held to creator rights to Bluto as well, but just
didn't realize it.
After King Features learned they were allowed to use the name Bluto, they did. So the name was first Bluto, then Brutus, then Bluto again.
So confusion between Bluto and Brutus is understandable. It was officially both names.
edit on 7/9/2019 by Soylent Green Is People because: (no reason given)