Genndy Tartakovsky Popeye

Genndy Tartakovsky has made Sony a decent chunk of change with his Hotel Transylvania films. The sequel, which Tartakovsky helmed, just earned over $50 million this past weekend. One would guess that kind of box-office haul would score the animated director a little cart blanche, but, in spite of his financial success, that’s not entirely the case. Learn why after the jump Tartakovsky left Popeye.

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Genndy Tartakovsky Exits Sony’s ‘Popeye’

Genndy Tartakovsky Popeye

Six months ago we got a first look at Genndy Tartakovsky‘s Popeye, in the form of a promising test reel. Sadly, it now seems that may be the only look we’ll ever get at it.

The filmmaker reveals that he’s no longer working on the animated feature, and for that matter, studio Sony might not be anymore either. But fear not — he’s got another, even more ambitious-sounding project on his to-do list. Get the Genndy Tartakovsky Popeye update after the jump.  Read More »

Popeye test footage

Genndy Tartakovsky has been working on bringing the world’s most famous spinach enthusiast to the big screen for a few years now, and today he finally revealed a little peek in the form of some Popeye animation test footage.

As he stresses, “it’s not a clip, it’s not a trailer, it’s nothing from the actual movie, the voices are all temp.” But he describes it as “just something that kind of represents what we want to do,” so it still offers a pretty great idea of what he has in store for us. Watch the Popeye test footage after the jump.

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Two years ago, Sony Pictures Animation began developing a 3D animated film based on everyone’s favorite spinach eating sailor-man, Popeye. Last year, two screenwriters were hired to write the film and now, a director has come on board. That person is Genndy Tartakovsky, the director of Sony’s upcoming Hotel Transylvania and creator of Samurai Jack. Read more after the jump. Read More »

While most people know and think of Popeye as an animated character, his only feature film incarnation was flesh and blood in the person of Robin Williams. Sony seems to think audiences would like to see the spinach-eating sailor man back in his purest form, though, as they’ve been developing a 3D animated film since early last year. And while the waters were still for some time, there’s finally been some movement. Jay Scherick and David Ronn, the writers behind this year’s hit film The Smurfs, have been hired to bring Popeye to life in the 21st century. Read some quotes about the film after the break. Read More »

Vermont-based cartoonist Chuck Forsman created a EC Segar Popeye comic strip-stylized retelling of Raiders of the Lost Ark. He is selling prints of the strip for $20 on The Oily Boutique. Hit the jump to get a better look at the art.
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Sony has announced that they will be bringing a computer animated adaptation of Popeye to the big screen in 3D. The film will be released under the Sony Pictures Animation label, with Sony Pictures ImageWorks handling the computer animation. The real-look Popeye image above is probably far too scary for the animated film adaptation, but I’d much rather see a film featuring the character design of Rick Baker. At least that might be interesting.

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Cool Stuff: Rick Baker’s Real Life Popeye


What would Popeye look like if he were a real life human? Probably nothing like Robin Williams… Six time Academy Award-winning special effects makeup artist Rick Baker (An American Werewolf in London, Men in Black) apparently decided to sculpt a real-life version of the famous cartoon sailor man. However, I am unable to find the original source for the photo. I would love to see a horror movie trailer of Popeye using this design, kinda like how FunnyOrDie did with Gobstopper. Click on the iamge after the jump to enlarge.

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