POPEYE Going CGI and 3D

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Sony is getting ready to power up freakishly forearmed sailor Popeye and giving him the CGI and 3D treatment.  Variety reports that Spider-Man producer Avi Arad is on the project with Mike Jones set to write the script.  Says Arad:

“Scott called me and said, ‘I have something for you,’” said Arad, who grew up watching Popeye shorts in movie houses in his native Israel. “I literally started singing the famous Popeye song (after securing the rights). What always blew me away is the level of the animation. It was so beautiful and unbelievably detailed.”

I’m going to go ahead and believe that was the case at the time Arad saw those shorts.  The character was adapted into a live-action film in 1980 starring Robin Williams and directed by Robert Altman.  Sony is already getting into the classic cartoon re-adaptation business with The Smurfs set to hit theaters on July 29, 2011.  For more on the history of the sailor man, hit the jump.

Here’s Variety’s solid summation of the character’s background:

Created by E.C. Segar, Popeye first appeared in the already established “Thimble Theater” comicstrip in 1929. Introduced as a walk-on character, Popeye eventually became the strip’s star.

The spinach-loving hero, who spawned the longest-running series of talking animated shorts, is considered a merchandising gold mine, with Popeye toys, books, puzzles, and games. Studio says the character, whose likeness is used widely to hawk green veggies, is the world’s No. 1 licensing character in food.

And here’s a realistic rendering of the character by Academy-award winning make-up artist Rick Baker.  Sony probably won’t go with this look for their movie.

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  • paul85

    Yeah Avi Arad, the handdrawn animation in the original shorts was beautiful.

    More tired CG modeling of old characters won't.

  • POPEYE

    BRING IT ON!!! I loved Popeye as a kid (until they made Popeye junior in the 90s) I always said they should make Popeye cgi in a comeback. Now finally its coming, great news for me. I just hope they do a great rendering of the town he lives in, all craggy and washing lines between buildings.
    Maybe Robin Williams will voice him? He did a perfect job in 1980 playing him, maybe Jim Carrey could voice him otherwise? I just watched Christmas Carol last night, and that film blew me away!
    I for one crave MORE CGI and mocap!

    Maybe the moral of the story will be eat Spinach, to stop obesity? lol
    agagagaa

  • Jordan White

    I don't know about this kind of stuff. Is it impossible for me to make a TV cartoon? It appears CGI and cartoons are being dumped for live action tween shows. How do I make a cartoon when everyone is too busy with live action tween shows as worshiping the stars as God? Just give me a cartoon or Pixar CGI rather than make another Disney Channel Original Movie about a teen pop star. They had the plot in Camp Rock, then Starstruck, now they're putting the same plot in Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars. Can it get any more recycled than that? This economic recession is making people spend less. Should Hollywood do the same? Spend less?

  • POPEYE

    BRING IT ON!!! I loved Popeye as a kid (until they made Popeye junior in the 90s) I always said they should make Popeye cgi in a comeback. Now finally its coming, great news for me. I just hope they do a great rendering of the town he lives in, all craggy and washing lines between buildings.
    Maybe Robin Williams will voice him? He did a perfect job in 1980 playing him, maybe Jim Carrey could voice him otherwise? I just watched Christmas Carol last night, and that film blew me away!
    I for one crave MORE CGI and mocap!

    Maybe the moral of the story will be eat Spinach, to stop obesity? lol
    agagagaa

  • Jordan White

    I don't know about this kind of stuff. Is it impossible for me to make a TV cartoon? It appears CGI and cartoons are being dumped for live action tween shows. How do I make a cartoon when everyone is too busy with live action tween shows as worshiping the stars as God? Just give me a cartoon or Pixar CGI rather than make another Disney Channel Original Movie about a teen pop star. They had the plot in Camp Rock, then Starstruck, now they're putting the same plot in Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars. Can it get any more recycled than that? This economic recession is making people spend less. Should Hollywood do the same? Spend less?

  • Snipes

    not good

  • Tyler

    I thought it was Popeye’s right eye that was jacked up? Sorry Rick Baker, just an observation.

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