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Popeye to eat spinach and punch bastards in new CGI, 3D film

03.23.2010
I LOVED Popeye when I was little, but I HATED Spinach. So I used to eat lettuce (because it was green, you see) and then try picking fights with neighborhood kids, thinking I'd be invincible or able to uppercut them into outer space or something. But after starting to bleed from a straight pop to the schnoz, I realized then that television was just a great big fat liar. A pivotal childhood moment!

And it seems now that a whole new generation of kids with lax parents will be able to do what I did, as POPEYE gets set to punch his way onto the big screen in a whole new CG (and 3D) tale.

Producing for Sony will be Marvel super producer Avi Arad, with writer Mike Jones (POOL BOY, EVENHAND) in negotiations to hammer out the screenplay. According to Variety, "Arad says the new version will cover the themes of friendship, love, greed and life, and focus on human strengths and human frailties." Naturally, Popeye's main squeeze Olive Oyl, his arc-nemesis Bluto, and his adopted brat Swee'Pea will also partake in the adventure. (Where art thou, Wimpy?)

This isn't the first time Popeye has graced silver screens. You may recall the 1980 Robert Altman (?!) film, which featured Robin Williams as the abnormally forearmed sailor and the perfectly cast Shelley Duvall as Olive Oyl. It also featured a musical soundtrack from the great Harry Nilsson, which I always thought was so f*cking weird.
Extra Tidbit: This song from 1980's POPEYE was used to great effect in Paul Thomas Anderson's 2002 film PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE.
Source: Variety

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1:47AM on 03/24/2010
I would gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.
I would gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.
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8:13PM on 03/23/2010
All of a sudden I have a craving for some fried chicken.
All of a sudden I have a craving for some fried chicken.
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6:55PM on 03/23/2010

wow

wow this is great..bring back the childhood memories^^
wow this is great..bring back the childhood memories^^
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5:48PM on 03/23/2010
*headdesk* *headdesk* *headdesk*
*headdesk* *headdesk* *headdesk*
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2:37PM on 03/23/2010
Considering they already did the live-action route, and considering Altman's style didn't exactly make it the most accessible children's movie (I've seen it more times than I can remember and only really picked up on some of the nuances after a recent revisiting), I'm up for this. 3-D? Whatever, so long as he punches the screen at least once. And keep the style of the character intact. That's one of many reasons I've never watched Garfield, they didn't stick with the basic features of the
Considering they already did the live-action route, and considering Altman's style didn't exactly make it the most accessible children's movie (I've seen it more times than I can remember and only really picked up on some of the nuances after a recent revisiting), I'm up for this. 3-D? Whatever, so long as he punches the screen at least once. And keep the style of the character intact. That's one of many reasons I've never watched Garfield, they didn't stick with the basic features of the cartoon.
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2:19PM on 03/23/2010
Love popeye
Love popeye
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2:10PM on 03/23/2010

I swear...

I never saw a single can of spinachs!

They come in cans???

Who cares, right.. just like this "movie"...
I never saw a single can of spinachs!

They come in cans???

Who cares, right.. just like this "movie"...
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1:53PM on 03/23/2010

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Why not live action? I think it would be better than CG.
Why not live action? I think it would be better than CG.
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11:24AM on 03/23/2010
Calling it now, Felix the Cat is next
Calling it now, Felix the Cat is next
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9:24AM on 03/23/2010
It comes down to this i hated Popeye as a kid and still hate it now,can't put a finger on it but the cartoon really pissed me of as a kid.
It comes down to this i hated Popeye as a kid and still hate it now,can't put a finger on it but the cartoon really pissed me of as a kid.
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9:03AM on 03/23/2010
This is a bad idea.
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This is a bad idea.
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8:59AM on 03/23/2010
*ACHOO* I think I'm becoming allergic to the "word" 3D.
*ACHOO* I think I'm becoming allergic to the "word" 3D.
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6:21AM on 03/23/2010

Skeptical

I'm open to this, but I obviously have my doubts. Here's hoping.
I'm open to this, but I obviously have my doubts. Here's hoping.
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6:03AM on 03/23/2010
Why in CG? The robert altman film was a really good adaptation of the cartoons with live actors in it which proves that when you have talents it can work.
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Why in CG? The robert altman film was a really good adaptation of the cartoons with live actors in it which proves that when you have talents it can work.
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5:59AM on 03/23/2010
I don't see anyone but Dave Coulier voicing Popeye.
I don't see anyone but Dave Coulier voicing Popeye.
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