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First look at Genndy Tartakovsky's 3D CGI film Popeye

09.18.2014

Animated films have enjoyed a renaissance in recent years stemming from the innovation of Pixar in the 1990s. Now, with 3D still chugging along as the most popular global method for releasing films, animation has capitalized on their genre by making good use of the format. With no dearth of ideas available for animated films, some classics are still getting the big screen treatment. So, to go along with THE SMURFS and the upcoming PEANUTS animated films, here comes POPEYE.

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA director Genndy Tartakovsky, best known for his 2D animated CLONE WARS shorts and SAMURAI JACK, is helming the new incarnation of the classic comic character from the 1930s. Despite the Robert Altman film starring the late Robin Williams bombing at the box office, there has been a long love of the spinach-loving character. Now, Tartakovsky plans to bring the slapstick brand of humor to a new generation.

This video is both a featurette and an exclusive first look at the animation style that will be used for the new version of POPEYE. Tartakovsky clearly has a love and admiration for the character and is pouring that into the film. While HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA was a fun diversion, it was lacking the heart it should have had. POPEYE was originally slated to come out this year but was pushed to 2016 so Tartakovsky could work on HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2. He is currently directing both simultaneously and if this test is any indicator, he has nailed what made POPEYE so endearing. 2016 cannot get here soon enough.

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8:59AM on 09/19/2014
Looks amazing, but I hate the fact that his pipe is gone, and even the anchor tattoo's are apparently too much for the public, jesus fracking christ!
Looks amazing, but I hate the fact that his pipe is gone, and even the anchor tattoo's are apparently too much for the public, jesus fracking christ!
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5:54AM on 09/19/2014
It's nice to see Karen Gillan continuing to get work as Olive Oyl. They should have let her keep the red hair, though.
It's nice to see Karen Gillan continuing to get work as Olive Oyl. They should have let her keep the red hair, though.
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2:47AM on 09/19/2014
Not into this animation style at all.
Not into this animation style at all.
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1:52AM on 09/19/2014
No pipe, no Popeye. I won't allow my kids to watch PC destruction of a classic character.
No pipe, no Popeye. I won't allow my kids to watch PC destruction of a classic character.
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1:06AM on 09/19/2014
Meh.
Meh.
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10:07PM on 09/18/2014

PC Popeye

The director is talented and the animation style looks good.
BUT
Popeye just ain't Popeye without his pipe.
How the heck will he give his signature toot toot for his theme tune?
The director is talented and the animation style looks good.
BUT
Popeye just ain't Popeye without his pipe.
How the heck will he give his signature toot toot for his theme tune?
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8:43AM on 09/19/2014
There's probably an anti-smoking message behind that, targeting todays audience.
There's probably an anti-smoking message behind that, targeting todays audience.
7:40PM on 09/18/2014

Wrong

The Altman film did not bomb. It grossed $60 million on a $20 million budget.
The Altman film did not bomb. It grossed $60 million on a $20 million budget.
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2:17AM on 09/19/2014
It grossed way less then the studio was expecting, however, you're totally right, it was by no means a bomb.
It grossed way less then the studio was expecting, however, you're totally right, it was by no means a bomb.
7:36PM on 09/18/2014
It looks okay, but I prefer how the upcoming Peanuts movie looks.
It looks okay, but I prefer how the upcoming Peanuts movie looks.
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7:31PM on 09/18/2014
I'm sure they'll get a better guy to voice Popeye for this, right? While some of the hijinks feel more or less on point, I think physical comedy like that does play better in 2-D. I've definitely got my reservations on this one, especially with the guy who did Hotel Transylvania (to be fair, Adam Sandler had a lot of input there).

I am however looking forward to the Peanuts movie.
I'm sure they'll get a better guy to voice Popeye for this, right? While some of the hijinks feel more or less on point, I think physical comedy like that does play better in 2-D. I've definitely got my reservations on this one, especially with the guy who did Hotel Transylvania (to be fair, Adam Sandler had a lot of input there).

I am however looking forward to the Peanuts movie.
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5:49PM on 09/18/2014
Unlike the guy who's making this movie, I really don't like physical humor. I think it's lazy, cheap and catered to children. Clearly I'm not the target audience for this.
Unlike the guy who's making this movie, I really don't like physical humor. I think it's lazy, cheap and catered to children. Clearly I'm not the target audience for this.
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5:49PM on 09/18/2014
I'm very hip to this news! I've always been a huge fan of both Popeye and Genndy Tartakovsky! I'm so happy to see Eugene the Jeep! If only Robin Willams could have voiced Popeye. The ramifications of loosing him will be felt for quite a while.
I'm very hip to this news! I've always been a huge fan of both Popeye and Genndy Tartakovsky! I'm so happy to see Eugene the Jeep! If only Robin Willams could have voiced Popeye. The ramifications of loosing him will be felt for quite a while.
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5:34PM on 09/18/2014
Looks good (I guess). I just hope it'll have some 'heart' because I'm reminded of the animated 3D Road Runner shorts from The Looney Tunes Show which features an almost expressionless Wile E. Coyote and as a result wasn't that funny (IMHo) compared to the 2D originals.
Looks good (I guess). I just hope it'll have some 'heart' because I'm reminded of the animated 3D Road Runner shorts from The Looney Tunes Show which features an almost expressionless Wile E. Coyote and as a result wasn't that funny (IMHo) compared to the 2D originals.
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