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Sony animation unveils upcoming slate; Smurfs, Popeye, Hotel Transylvania 2

03.12.2014

Sony Pictures Animation has unveiled its upcoming production slate, with two new sequels and two new original features. The line-up includes yet another iteration of THE SMURFS, although the next one will forego the live-action and stick to CGI, which may (I said MAY) improve its quality from its abyssmal predecessors. Also on the docket is a return to HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA, the fart-joke heavy hit starring Adam Sandler and his normal crew. 

The new films sound a bit more promising, with a new animated version of POPEYE and an original feature entitled CAN YOU IMAGINE? which chronicles a "fantastic journey through one boy’s imagination." Hmmm. Sounds A LOT like Pixar's INSIDE OUT, which is described as an "inventive new film will take you to a place that everyone knows, but no one has ever seen: the world inside the human mind." 

From the Press Release:

- Sony Pictures Animation has hired animation industry veteran Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2, Gnomeo & Juliet) to direct an all new, fully computer-animated film featuring the world’s most popular blue creatures. The family adventure, currently going by the working title The Untitled Smurfs Movie, is anticipated in theaters August 2015. Jordan Kerner (The Smurfs) is producing, with Mary Ellen Bauder (Hotel Transylvania) co-producing.  The original two live action/CG hybrid Smurfs movies from Sony Pictures Animation grossed a combined $910 million worldwide.

Genndy Tartakovsky will return to the director’s chair for Hotel Transylvania 2, , scheduled for September 2015, which will bring back Adam Sandler’s Dracula.  Sandler and Robert Smigel are taking on writing duties for the comedy.

-  The über prolific Genndy Tartakovsky is also busy working an all-new CG take on the comic strip hero, Popeye, all the while developing an original idea for Sony Pictures Animation titled Genndy Tartakovsky’s Can You Imagine?, described as a fantastic journey through one boy’s imagination.  Producer Michelle Murdocca will once again work closely with Tartakovsky.

What do you think? Any of these excite you?

Yep...more of this please...

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2:51AM on 03/13/2014

Hotel Trans 2 -- cool :)

Not supporting SMurfs...and Popeye is a maybe depending on how they do it...but HT2 is a welcome surprise:) My daughter and I enjoyed the first one-- very light take and funny. Didnt expect it to be so enjoyable so Im happy to hear there will be more:)
Not supporting SMurfs...and Popeye is a maybe depending on how they do it...but HT2 is a welcome surprise:) My daughter and I enjoyed the first one-- very light take and funny. Didnt expect it to be so enjoyable so Im happy to hear there will be more:)
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9:50PM on 03/12/2014
Hmm, I don't know if Popeye would be interesting enough for kids nowadays. I showed it to my nephew once and he didn't like it at all, unlike Smurfs or other Hanna-Barbera cartoons.
Hmm, I don't know if Popeye would be interesting enough for kids nowadays. I showed it to my nephew once and he didn't like it at all, unlike Smurfs or other Hanna-Barbera cartoons.
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5:35PM on 03/12/2014
HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA was fun. It wasn't great by any stretch of the imagination, but I enjoyed it. I have stayed away from The Smurfs, cause it just seems to me that it won't live up to the tv show. Popeye could be cool if done right. I enjoyed the Robin Williams movie. Can You Imagine? also sounds interesting. Hopefully we will have some winners here!
HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA was fun. It wasn't great by any stretch of the imagination, but I enjoyed it. I have stayed away from The Smurfs, cause it just seems to me that it won't live up to the tv show. Popeye could be cool if done right. I enjoyed the Robin Williams movie. Can You Imagine? also sounds interesting. Hopefully we will have some winners here!
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5:07PM on 03/12/2014

It'll be interesting to see what Tartatovsky does with HT2

He came late to the first movie and was, according to rumour, the 6th director they hired (apparently Adam Sandler was a PITA too work with). He only got the thing made by threatening to quit unless he had some creative control.
He came late to the first movie and was, according to rumour, the 6th director they hired (apparently Adam Sandler was a PITA too work with). He only got the thing made by threatening to quit unless he had some creative control.
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4:56PM on 03/12/2014
We don't need any of them.
We don't need any of them.
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2:42PM on 03/12/2014

Genndy Tartakovsky can do no wrong

They guy is a genius and made HT watchable to a middle aged man like myself. He has a lot of talent and I have tons of respect for him.

Now the Smurfs movie on the other hand can suck my hairy ball sack and choke on the pubes. Haven't these movies bombed and just been heralded as the worst adaptation of a kids series ever? I think Chipwrecked was rated higher than Smurfs 1 and 2 combined.
They guy is a genius and made HT watchable to a middle aged man like myself. He has a lot of talent and I have tons of respect for him.

Now the Smurfs movie on the other hand can suck my hairy ball sack and choke on the pubes. Haven't these movies bombed and just been heralded as the worst adaptation of a kids series ever? I think Chipwrecked was rated higher than Smurfs 1 and 2 combined.
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