Jim Carrey and Amy Adams Voicing Popeye and Olive Oyl in New Animated POPEYE Movie? [Updated]

     August 18, 2011


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.

popeye-oliveoylFor 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:





    YESSS!!!!! I’m a huge Popeye fan. Watched all the toons as a kid, and loved the Robin Williams portrayal.

    Jim Carrey is PERFECT for this!!! His Popeye voice impression in this old In living Color video is spot on, and I have been saying for years that they should bring back Popeye with Carreys voice.

    see below for the clip I mean.. At 1:05 secs in…



    • Hiro the Eighth Samurai (and 14th Assassin)

      Without even seeing the video, I’m guessing it’s his riff on Popeye in his In Living Color spoof of Snow and “Informer.” That was hilarious, wasn’t it?

      I also think Carrey’s perfect for the role. He’s great at voices and faces.

      But Amy Adams? Please. I guess because she’s yet another face and name that Hollywood wants to push, wants to force upon the public to make her a star, rather than promote people who become stars naturally through public acceptance and admiration… and not Big Bad Hollywood shoving a newbie down our throats.

      For me, voices for animated characters is ALL about the voice. I couldn’t care less about a big-name star or a merely familiar name doing it. If they’re right for the role and provide a great characterization, that’s fine. But if they’re just providing a very non-descript voice, then what’s the point?

      Hollywood really is a clueless bunch, as seen by many of the recent box-office bombs and lightweights. I give directors much more credit for any successes as of late. I even give credit to a director such as Michael Bay, who knows his audience.

      • POPEYE

        Yup! You guessed right about the video source, “Informer!” . Perfect casting.

        though, I may tend to dissagree with your Amy Adams theory. I also hate it when they “Big up” upcoming stars like a factory (Ahem, Taylor Laughtner!) :-(

        However, in Amy Adams case, she could possibly have done a great Olive Oyle voice at an audition. She did a similar ish thing in the film Enchanted. Not so much an impressin, but as a cartoon character, sickly silly but fun film, she showed she can act. And goof!

      • Hiro the Eighth Samurai (and 14th Assassin)

        I do like Amy Adams, she’s a good actress. She was very good in The Fighter, for example, so this is nothing against her per se.

        And, like I said, she may very well be good for the voice role. But if I look at Hollywood’s recent history of nabbing big names to do voices — whether it’s Justin Timberlake, Reese Witherspoon, Mandy Moore or Zachary Levi — I can’t help but shake the appearance that they’re being chosen because of their name, first, and their voice last.

        Do any of those individuals truly have distinct, memorable voices? To me, they all sound very plain.

        I still remember the woman who did the voice of Mittens in Bolt. She’s a complete or relative unknown (I never heard of her), but I thought she was great as Mittens. Same goes for the guy who did the voice of Rhino. They both were great for their roles. But John Travolta as Bolt? I thought he was wrong for the role, but as is typical of Hollywood, they needed a big name to help sell the movie. Miley Cyrus was OK as Penny, I don’t have any beef against her for it.

        To be clear… again, I don’t mind big-name actors being cast to do voices if they fit the roles. I though Tom Hanks and Tim Allen were great as Woody and Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story movies. Also, unsurprisingly, both actors had long careers in comedies.

  • James Kragen

    Amy Adams is voluptuous, gorgeous, sexy and beautiful. I love her. She’s a really sweet girl.

  • Hiro the Eighth Samurai (and 14th Assassin)

    Oh well, the casting news is false. Carrey would still be good for Popeye’s voice, but there are better choices out there than Amy Adams. Get an unknown or relative unknown person who’s good at voicework.

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  • Dedpool

    Loved the live action Robin Williams film, Ray Walston as Pappy was perfect too! Shame this isn’t true a I think Carey would do well voicing the character. Hell he’d probably be a good live action version too.

  • David

    Since it’s animated, why not use the guy who is currently the official voice actor who plays Popeye? Maurice Lamarche has done great work in Futurama, The Real Ghostbusters and more. They’d be crazy not to use him.

    • Doug

      I think I heard Billy West talking out his method for Popeye once in a Futurama commentary. He talked about how Popeye has these two different voices going on at the same time.

      • Jake Samuels

        The best and closest voice to original Popeye voice Jack Mercer is with out a doubt Billy West. He is the closest out there and is fantastic and is exact. LaMarche did it in Popeye and son and was terrible all us Popeye fans think. We all want Billy West!

  • H20

    Awww, can’t we throw Uncle Joey a bone, he hasn’t worked in so long.

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