popeye movie

“From a young child, I was already destined to make one movie,” director Genndy Tartakovsky once said. “And that movie was Popeye.” Unfortunately, that project has yet to materialize – but that might be about to change.

The filmmaker, who is behind things like the Hotel Transylvania trilogy, Samurai Jack, Dexter’s Laboratory, and The Powerpuff Girls, spent years working on a Popeye movie for Sony Pictures Animation, but that version ultimately fell apart back in 2015. Now a new report says Tartakovsky is once again developing an animated feature film take on the spinach-loving sailor, so he may get to fulfill his destiny after all. Read More »

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(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)

Hello, streamers! The end of the year is almost upon us, and there’s a surprisingly great group of movies available to stream right this second. Since we’re now in full-blown holiday season mode, I included one or two Christmas-themed films to help get you in the spirit. Beyond that, you’ll find three of the best movies of this year, a Disney classic that’s only gotten better with age, some great Greta Gerwig content, and more. These are the best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming!

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Genndy Tartakovsky Popeye

Sony Pictures Animation’s Popeye took a big hit when director Genndy Tartakovsky walked away in March of last year, after years of development. But now the studio is preparing to move forward again, with a new writer: Ratchet and Clank writer T.J. Fixman (Ratchet and Clank).  Read More »

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 Developing Popeye Computer Animated 3D Movie


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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