Watch: POPEYE Footage Offers First Look at CG Character in Action

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Sony Pictures Animation has unveiled some test footage from its upcoming Popeye CG movie, giving us our first look at the computer generated character in action.  Hotel Transylvania helmer Genndy Tartakovsky directs this feature film adaptation of the popular comics strip character, and while we still don’t necessarily know what the story will entail, this test footage gives us a strong idea of how the character moves in the 3D realm.  I’m happy to see that the character designs are quite stylized, refraining from becoming generic CG transfers of these classic characters.  While this isn’t footage from the actual film, it is very slapstick-heavy and shows Olive Oyl defying any and all laws of both physics and biology with her movements.  It’s too early to say how the actual film will stack up, but this first footage is certainly interesting.

Hit the jump to watch the Popeye CG movie footage, which is introduced by Tartakovsky himself who also shows off a bit of concept artwork.  Sony Animation will release the film in 3D sometimes in 2015.

First Look at Genndy Tartakovsky’s Animated POPEYE Feature Film and a New Look at SHAUN THE SHEEP

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The 2014 Licensing Expo is currently underway in Las Vegas, an event that gives movie fans an early look at some upcoming properties.  While these promo posters aren’t necessarily representative of the film’s final look, they do give us an idea of the style and tone.  In the case of the promotional image for Genndy Tartakovsky’s animated feature film Popeye, it might even offer a hint of plot.  One image that’s likely very close to the final product is the poster for the Shaun the Sheep movie, since the Mark Burton and Richard Starzack film is based on the long-running Aardman animated series.  Hit the jump to check them both out.

New Release Dates for ALL YOU NEED IS KILL, 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE, THE TO-DO LIST, and POPEYE

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One step forward, three steps back with these new release dates:

  • Warner Bros. will push All You Need Is Kill, led by Tom Cruise, from March 7 to June 6, 2014.
  • 300: Rise of an Empire will take its place on March 7, 2014, seven months after the planned August 2, 2013 release date.  The original 300 was released on March 9, 2007.
  • The Aubrey Plaza comedy The To-Do List is moving up from August 16 to July 26, 2013.
  • Sony Animation is delaying Genndy Tartakovsky‘s animated Popeye movie to a date to be named later in 2015.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

Release Dates for POPEYE, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2, THE LAST EXORCISM 2, THE TO-DO LIST, TURKEYS, and SAFE HAVEN

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We have plenty of new release dates to pass along:

  • Sony Animation scheduled two Genndy Tartakovsky’s projects.  The 3D cartoon Popeye that Tartakovsky will direct hits theaters September 26, 2014.  The sequel to Tartakovsky’s Hotel Transylvania opens the following year on September 25, 2015.
  • Relativity scheduled fellow cartoon Turkeysfeaturing the voices of Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson and Dan Fogler—for a Thanksgiving release on November 14, 2014.
  • The Last Exorcism II: The Beginning of the End is dated for March 1, 2013.
  • The Aubrey Plaza comedy The To-Do List will move from Valentines Day next year to August 16, 2013.  Relativity took advantage of the open slot and moved the Nicholas Sparks adaptation Safe Haven from February 8 back to February 14, 2013.

Hit the jump for details on each project.

Genndy Tartakovsky to Direct 3D POPEYE Picture for Sony Animation

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Although Genndy Tartakovsky’s first feature film as a director is the upcoming Adam Sandler-starrer, Hotel Transylvania, he’ll quickly turn around and direct Popeye as his second.  Tartakovsky is best known for his phenomenal series work with a roster including The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack and Star Wars: Clone Wars.  (You can check out an example of what a Tartakovsky feature film looks like by watching the recent trailer for Hotel Transylvania.) Writers Jay Scherick and David Ronn (The Smurfs) were attached to pen the Popeye adaptation as recently as last November.  Hit the jump for more on Popeye.

THE SMURFS Writers Set to Pen Animated POPEYE Feature Film

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An animated feature film version of Popeye has been in the works for a while, but now the project finally has screenwriters (an integral part of every major motion picture). Jay Scherick and David Ronn, who wrote this summer’s feature film take on The Smurfs, have been tapped to pen the script for Popeye, per Heat Vision. Sony Pictures Animation and producer Avi Arad are behind the adaptation, which will be released in 3D. While it’s possible to make a kooky and fun cartoony version of Popeye for modern audiences, Scherick and Ronn’s resume gives me some pause. The duo wrote for the smart sitcom Spin City back in the day, but their recent output includes the Kevin James “comedy” Zookeeper and the infamous Norbit.

Basically what this means is we’re in for something more along the lines of The Smurfs than Rango. While that’s not great news for adult moviegoers, the kids sure seemed to love that Smurfs movie so the little one’s shouldn’t be disappointed. Scherick and Ronn were recently tapped to write a sequel to The Smurfs, and have also written a script for the Baywatch movie. Hit the jump to watch some of the first episode of the Popeye cartoon show.

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

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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. ]

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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.

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