Popeye To Hit Theaters In CGI and 3D

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:43 pm,

Popeye CGI 3D Popeye To Hit Theaters In CGI and 3D

Break out the 20-year-old can of spinach and get ready for some forearm-popping news. Variety is reporting Spider-Man producer Avi Arad will help kickstart a Mike Jones-written CGI Popeye. And even better, to go along with the latest entertainment trend, it will be in 3D. Sony is getting the project off the ground, which makes sense considering their recent involvement in remaking The Smurfs. You know, sooner or later they are going to call what we are in “The 20th Century: Take II.”

Collider shared a relevant moment from the Variety article:

“Scott called me and said, ‘I have something for you,’ said Arad, who grew up watching Popeye shorts in movie houses in his native Israel…What always blew me away is the level of the animation. It was so beautiful and unbelievably detailed.”

At least the people in charge are devoted fans and will honor the original design of the character. I wouldn’t expect fanboys are going to be head-hunting if some artistic license is taken. But when you recreate somebody’s hard work, at least do it the right way and pay homage to the reason it became popular in the first place. So kudos to finding true Popeye fans. Arad also mentioned he started singing the theme song instantly after getting the rights. Yet another good sign for the potential animated franchise, considering it really is one of the most iconic sing-a-longs of its time. I always wished Burgess Meredith, who played Mickey in Rocky would have gotten a chance to play Popeye.

You may recall a rather impressive interpretation of the comic strip sailor in 1980 with Robin Williams in his first on-screen performance. It is actually worth a watch and may be one of the better live-action adaptations of a Sunday comic yet.

Popeye comic strip Popeye To Hit Theaters In CGI and 3D

Those frightening biceps and that bitter beer face will be coming right at you in 3D, as will most films by the time it releases. Considering the details, this film’s best bet was to go animated.

Sony has begun pre-production on Popeye, but cast and crew are still being assembled. Spinach propaganda (kidding) and forearms in your face coming to theaters soon.

What are your thoughts? Happy or “disgustipated,” as Popeye would say? Let us know in the comments section below.

Source: Variety via Collider

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  1. Hope they stay true to the vision of Popeye's creator Segar and not the watered down versions you see in later years.

  2. I love Popeye, I just hope they do it the right way and stay true to the original animated version. It's a good sign that the people in charge of this are true Popeye fans; I will stay tuned to hear more info on this.

  3. Popeye cartoons were unbelievably detailed?

  4. Well i do remember his tattoo turning into a figure of himself kicking bruno's ass whilst he actually kicked bruno's ass and to me the details of a fight going on on his arm whilst he was fighting aswell was pretty good for that time when it was made. I'm guessing robin williams will do the voice-over… But i'm not sure i want spinach tossed into my face.

    At this rate… “General Hospital” will be in 3D.

  5. I wonder if they will go for a full length movie or comic shorts to preface other titles? I think it would be nice to see the old time way of featuring the show with perhaps a twist. Give it an arc that you can exploit at some future point in a movie if they desire. It's possible to get three bites of the cherry this way because at some point the shorts can be edited together to make a complete movie in its own right.

  6. This is a good idea.
    I wish them Luck.

  7. Will the villain be named Bluto or Brutus? Will the Jeep be in it?

    This could be good if they stay true to the original source/style or it could be awful like the Simpsons 3-D.

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