Genndy Tartakovsky’s ‘Popeye’ Arriving in 2014; ‘Hotel Transylvania 2′ in 2015

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Give Genndy Tartakovsky’s Hotel Transylvania credit: its script may have been a potluck of ideas – many of which were leftovers from the visions of five different directors who worked on the project before Tartakovsky – but its giddy pacing and exaggerated 3D animation style makes the film a unique entry in the current slate of computer-animated entertainment. That helps to account for how Transylvania generated solid word-of-mouth and a $254 million gross around the world, despite an overall mixed critical reception (read our review).

Tartakovsky will continue favoring classic cartoon Impressionism over photo-realism with his next project, a CGI-animated movie starring everyone’s favorite spinach-popping sailor, Popeye. Meanwhile, Sony is jump-starting development on Hotel Transylvania 2, which will come a year after Tartakovsky’s Popeye is scheduled to arrive on the scene.

Sony Pictures Animation will be occupying the last Friday in September as a launch pad for its upcoming 3D features over the next three years, replicating the same model that’s proven so fruitful for Transylvania (if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?). Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 will be first to arrive on September 27th next year, followed by Popeye on September 26th in 2014 and Hotel Transylvania 2 on September 25th the year thereafter.

Heat Vision says that the Transylvania sequel is currently in “early development stages” and needs a director, since Tartakovsky is going to be busy putting Popeye together. The celebrity-studded voice cast from the first film (which includes Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Steve Buscemi, and Kevin James, among others) is expected to be brought back for the monster-comedy followup.

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Popeye has our interest over Transylvania 2 for the time being, since the character (who was created by Elzie Crisler Segar back in 1929) seems like an organic fit for Tartakovsky’s artistic sensibilities. Moreover, Tartakovsky’s direction and approach was easily the highlight of Transylvania; take that away and the film could’ve been mistaken for your average run-of-the-mill DreamWorks 3D toon, complete with a pop song/dance number as the finale (though, to be fair, the celebrity voice acting was actually pretty good).

That’s to say: a Hotel Transylvania sequel that doesn’t involve Tartakovsky in any significant creative capacity just sounds less appealing to us, right off the bat. Of course that could change, depending on who does ultimately end up sitting at the helm; not to mention, what direction they take to continuing the (mostly) self-contained story from the first film.

Which are you more intrigued by – Popeye or Hotel Transylvania 2?


Source: THR

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  1. I’m way more cyked about Popeye I love that cartoon the live action one with Robin Williams was awful so never watch (I saw it when I was a kid because I liked it so much), I think the man is right to make the film unrealistic even though I’m a fan of realism in movies I think it would damage Popeye really bad if that were the case, look forward to seeing popeye

    • I say Mark Hamil would have a good voice for Popeye

  2. I used to love Popeye, especially Popeye and Son, remember thinking how tasty those burgers looked that his son would eat instead of spinach haha

  3. I cant stress this enough but please make the samurai jack finale. I need closure lol.

    • We all do.

  4. Which one? How about: None of the above. Sony Pictures Animation is starting to became really stupid!

  5. Hotel Tran sucks and Genny is overrated.

  6. OMG, I am sorry but the first thing I thought of when I looked at that Popeye picture was that Olive Oyl’s silicone implant was exploding!

  7. I thought Hotel Transylvania was just okay. Animation is great and some nice gags but the plot was pretty lame and is often interupted by the use of pop culture references (although I thought the twilight one was funny.)and LMFAO TWICE!!! Even with my mediocre review, Hotel Transylvania will suffer without him, especially if they decide to get Cody Cameron, a director who made Open Season even worse, and is now overseeing Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers where the plot looks like a retread of the original.

  8. Jim Carrey would be the PERFECT Popeye if its CGI. That is one of the best impressions he’s ever done

  9. I don’t care about Popeye or Transylvania 2. What I DO care about is a Samurai Jack film. If these will help get that off the ground, then I am all for them.

  10. didnt watch hotel tan… yet but i want to,i watched wrect it ralph and movie is awesome and now wating fr hotel t.

  11. It would bin better if

    Adam Sandler. Voice of Popeye

    Salma Hayek voice of olive oil

    Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson voice of Bluto

    • Who cares. If it’s not Samurai Jack then very few will be that interested. They have an IDW comic out for it now, but it’s not enough. Still pictures don’t do Samurai jack justice.