Back in March 2010, we reported that Sony Pictures Animation was developing a 3D CGI movie based on the popular character Popeye. Now it looks like the movie may be finally moving forward as It’s on the Grid reports that Jim Carrey and Amy Adams will be voicing Popeye and his rail-thin girlfriend Olive Oyl, respectively. We’ve reached out to Sony for comment, but haven’t heard back from them. As for this potential casting, we all know that Carrey could voice Popeye in his sleep and Adams could probably do a great job with Olive Oyl. The real question is how a character like Popeye will translate into 3D CG because let’s face it: in a three-dimensional context, a guy with a ugly mug and bulging forearms looks a little creepy.
[Updated: Sony has now gotten back to us and informed us that the casting news is false and It’s on the Grid has taken down the info from their story. There ya go. ]
To learn more about Popeye, hit the jump.
For those unfamiliar with the character, Popeye is a sailor man, and he’s strong to the finish because he eats his spinach. To put it another way, here is the climax of every Popeye story: Popeye fights guy, Popeye is almost defeated, Popeye quickly downs a can of spinach (sometimes through his ever-present pipe), and then with superhuman strength beats his opponent. I have to say it’s kind of quaint and uplifting to see a character still encouraging kids to eat their vegetables. Popeye’s also got a nemesis in the brutish Bluto, and a friend named J. Wellington Wimby who had a disturbing addiction to hamburgers. The sailor man’s catchphrase is the meaningless tautology, “I yam what I yam!” (he’s also got a speech impediment).
Popeye was created Elzie Crisler Segar and first appeared in the daily King Features comic strip Thimble Theatre on January 17, 1929 [thanks, Wikipedia!]. In 1933, Popeye became the star of animated short films for Paramount Pictures and since then has been turned into TV shows, video games, and other spin-offs. Popeye was previously adapted into a live-action movie in 1980 directed by Robert Altman and starring Robin Williams as the sailor man and Shelley Duvall as Olive Oyl. The film was a flop but over the years has built up a cult following.
To learn more about Popeye, please visit your local Internet and check out the Popeye short below along with the trailer for Altman’s Popeye: