ByKen Anderson, writer at
Ken Anderson

Sony Animation has released a short video of test animation for the forthcoming 3D feature film based on the comic strip character, Popeye. Directed by Gennedy Tarakovsky, the man behind the Cartoon Network hits: Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, and Star Wars: Clone Wars; Popeye (from the looks of it) will be visually faithful to both the 1929 comic strip by E.C. Segar and Max Fleischer's animated cartoon shorts from the mid-1930s, while retaining Tarakovsky's trademark Tex Avery-inspired anarchic computer animation.

Russian-born Gennedy Tarakovsky, a 3-time Emmy award-winning director, animator, and producer, made his feature film debut with 2012's Hotel Transylvania. Its sequel, Hotel Transylvania II, is set to hit theaters in 2015. The forthcoming Popeye is part of Tarakovsky's multi-picture deal with Sony Animation and slated for release sometime in 2016, which is good, since by then they'll be able to generate some public interest in the questionably relevant adventures of Popeye, Olive, Bluto, and Eugene the Jeep. Written by David Ronn & Jay Scherick (The Smurfs - 2011) and produced by comic-centric Marvel executives Avi & Ari Arad (Iron Man, The Amazing Spider Man, The Fantastic Four), it will represent the first time the large-forearmed sailor has been seen on the big screen since Robin Williams portrayed the seagoing swab in Robert Altman's 1980 live-action musical.

From Sony Animation and Columbia Pictures.


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