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In the realm of cartoon sailors metamorphosed into strongmen by canned greens, Popeye is arguably the best. Sony Pictures Animation also apparently sees the worth in this nautical, pipe-chewing firecracker as they are preparing a new feature for the eighty-three-year-old comic strip/cartoon character. David Ronn and Jay Scherick have been hired to write the script for the new film, which will purportedly be in 3D. Genndy Tartakovsky ('Hotel Transylvania') has been brought on to both develop and direct the new Popeye movie. No word yet on a release date.
I'm a big fan of Genndy Tartakovsky. I absolutely loved 'Samurai Jack' as well as 'Dexter's Laboratory' and I'm glad he's getting feature film opportunities. That said, I don't have a great deal of affinity for the Popeye character. I remember seeing the cartoons rerun on late night TV, and I'm well aware of the pop culture mainstay he became, but he never did anything for me. And while I admire Robert Altman's 1980 attempt to make a Popeye movie with Robin Williams, but I feel it was largely a failure. I'm hoping Tartakovsky can find away to keep the character relevant and that the writers can deliver a script that isn't wholly beholden to the 3D gimmick, which feels doubly unnecessary in this instance. However, Sony's 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs' made wonderful use of 3D so that at least curbs my doubts a bit. I only hope this project in no way delays the long-awaited 'Samurai Jack' movie.
What do you guys think? Could Tartakovsky pull this one off? Do we need a new Popeye movie? Does the 3D concern you?