An animated Popeye movie has been in the works for years, with Genndy Tartakovsky (Hotel Transylvania) attached to direct. But when Tartakovsky dropped out, so did our hopes for the future of this animated revival of the classic character. There may be hope yet, as Ratchet and Clank writer T.J. Fixman has come aboard to draft a new screenplay for the film.
"From a young child I was already destined to make one movie and that movie was 'Popeye,'" says director Genndy Tartakovsky, who has been tasked to make Sony Animation's feature film rendition of the iconic character. While the man behind 'Hotel Transylvania' and his team are hard at work on the animation, the studio has released some test footage to give us an idea of what we can expect.
While Disney's Animation Studios and Pixar, as well as DreamWorks Animation, continue bulking up their offerings for the coming months (and years), so too are Sony Pictures Animation. Their latest, 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2,' landed in the the top box-office spot opening weekend, but there's plenty more on the horizon for the studio, like 'Hotel Transylvania 2,' an all-animated 'Smurfs' movie and the tentatively titled 'Genndy Tartakovsky’s Can You Imagine?'
This year we're getting a deluge of spookily-themed kids movies that mix classic horror staples (ghosts, vampires and Frankenstein) with the soft edges of children's entertainment. Genndy Tartakovsky's 'Hotel Transylvania' comes between 'ParaNorman' and 'Frankenweenie,' and now there's a clip.
The cartoon character 'Popeye' is missing an eye, right? He's always got one closed and he is a sailor, so it's likely that he lost one handling hooks, or fighting with some aquatic creature. But even though Popeye can't see stereoscopically, he's getting the animated 3D treatment from director Genndy Tartakovsky.