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Previously, on a very special episode of Clone High...
“Way, way back in the 1980s, secret government employees dug up famous guys and ladies and made amusing genetic copies. Now the clones are sexy teens and they're gonna make it if they try.”
So goes the theme tune to Clone High, the MTV animated series that ran for one season from 2002 to 2003. As a concept for a TV series goes, there's a hell of a lot of mileage in doing a teen drama featuring the likes of Abraham Lincoln, Gandhi, Joan of Arc, John F Kennedy and Cleopatra in school together.
The series was animated in the style of Genndy Tartakovsky’s hand-drawn animated series, such as Dexter’s Laboratory and Samurai Jack, with stylised character design and slightly more limited movement, making »
Looking for something else to watch during the World Cup? Try an American cartoon created by a Russian animator about a time-travelling Japanese samurai
If you're looking for some alternative TV during the World Cup, how about watching something that's just as international in spirit?
Samurai Jack is an American cartoon about a Japanese samurai written by Genndy Tartakovsky, a Russian emigre who grew up on a diet of Saturday-morning cartoons, cut his teeth with Dexter's Laboratory and went on to make Star Wars: Clone Wars (this version not the CGI-style Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and more recently Hotel Transylvania.
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- Richard Vine
Some promo art has surfaced from the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas for films and TV shows that a lot of us are looking forward to seeing. Some of the films on display include Alan Taylor's Terminator: Genesis; Genndy Tartakovsky’s Popeye; Jon Chu's G.I. Joe 3; Magic: The Gathering, Alex Proyas' Gods of Egypt, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Max Steel, plus TV shows like Gotham and Arrow and more. Check out all of the photos below. Thanks to Comingsoon and Collider for the photos.
- Joey Paur
Sony Pictures has been working on an animated "Popeye" movie for years. But in 2012, things finally started moving in the right direction with the studio hiring helmer Genndy Tartakovsky, the director of "Star Wars: Clone Wars," "Dexter's Laboratory," and Adam Sandler animated comedy "Hotel Transylvania." And now, thanks to the 2014 Licensing Expo that's currently going on in Las Vegas, we have the first promo image from the moving, giving us an idea of what Popeye, Olive Oyl and Bluto will look like. Check out the image below. At this point, very little is known about "Popeye." It also doesn't have a release date, but is expected to hit theaters in 2016. Image: (click to enlarge) »
Some time ago, Sony Pictures decided to push back their animated adaptation of the classic sailor Popeye to an unknown release. But thanks to the 2014 Licensing Expo that is currently underway in Las Vegas, we have our first look at the film from Hotel Transylvania director Genndy Tartakovsky by way of a promotional image picked up by Collider. The quality isn’t very good, but it doesn give off the vibe of an animation style not entirely unlike what we’ve seen in the Peanuts movie or the Oscar-nominated short film Get a Horse! The style of the characters stays true to the drawings, but gives them another dimension. Look! Here's the first look at Genndy Tartakovsky's animated Popeye from Collider: Popeye is directed by Genndy Tartakovsky (Hotel Transylvania, “Dexter’s Laboratory” and "Clone Wars") and written by David Ronn & Jay Scherick (The Smurfs). The Sony Pictures Animation film »
- Ethan Anderton
Director Colin Trevorrow has posted a new photo on his Twitter account teasing a first look at one of the new dinosaurs in the upcoming "Jurassic World"...sort of. Rather, he's posted the shadow of one of the creatures, the first hint of any of the beasts in the new film as no photos of them have leaked to the press yet.
Following on from yesterday's new trailer, a massive new banner for the upcoming third film in "The Expendables" series has arrived and appears to feature all sixteen main cast members of this ambitious ensemble.
The first promotional image from Genndy Tartakovsky's animated feature film "Popeye" popped up this week at the 2014 Licensing Expo and it has already gone online over at Collider, albeit in small and blurry form.
- Garth Franklin
The 2014 Licensing Expo is currently underway in Las Vegas, an event that gives movie fans an early look at some upcoming properties. While these promo posters aren't necessarily representative of the film's final look, they do give us an idea of the style and tone. In the case of the promotional image for Genndy Tartakovsky's animated feature film Popeye, it might even offer a hint of plot. One image that's likely very close to the final product is the poster for the Shaun the Sheep movie, since the Mark Burton and Richard Starzack film is based on the long-running Aardman animated series. Hit the jump to check them both out. First up, here's a look at Tartakovsky's Popeye: There's not too much that's currently known about the Sony Pictures Animation project, other than that it was scripted by The Smurfs screenwriters Jay Scherickand David Ronn. The release date »
- Dave Trumbore
Genndy Tartakovsky’s Cartoon Network series Samurai Jack and Star Wars: Clone Wars didn’t air all that long ago, yet they already seem to have been forgotten. This is a travesty I try to correct whenever cartoons are being discussed, and sometimes when they aren’t. These masterworks should be perched near the top of any list of the greatest animated programs ever shown on American TV. They should also land on any informed list of the greatest action filmmaking of all time, and the Russian-born Tartakovsky, who also created the great Dexter’s Laboratory and Powerpuff Girls, should claim an automatic spot on any list of the greatest action filmmakers. With his unerring grasp of composition, editing, and screen direction, his ability to move his virtual “camera” to conceal or reveal information, and his ability to build excitement through design, sound effects, music, and silence, he’s as »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
Though remakes and reboots are all the rage these days – there have been so many horror movie reboots, we’re starting to see reboots of reboots – we’ve yet to see the return of many classic animated TV shows.
But with Mr. Peabody and Sherman having recently transitioned to the big screen and Genndy Tartakovsky developing a 3D-animated adaptation of Popeye, it was only a matter of time before the king of all sitcom cartoons – The Flintstones – got the feature film treatment as well.
- Ben Moore
Yesterday, every nerd you know was probably wearing his or her favorite "Star Wars" T-shirt. That's because May the Fourth has become an unofficial holiday for "Star Wars" fanatics the world over as "Star Wars" Day (May the Fourth be with you? Get it?) And as a way of giving the ever-hungry fans a bone on this special day, especially since the casting announcement for the new "Star Wars" already hit earlier in the week, Disney released the first full trailer for the upcoming "Star Wars: Rebels" animated series, scheduled to hit Disney Xd this fall (via Variety). And it looks good.
If you'll recall, the long running "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," a computer animated series that took place between the events of "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" and "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith," was unceremoniously shuttered after Disney acquired »
- Drew Taylor
Those Smurf movies are awful. Not even my kids liked them. The good news is Sony Pictures Animation has decided not to make a Smurfs 3. The bad news is they plan on rebooting the whole franchise and starting fresh.
The studio has hired Shrek 2 and Gnomeo & Juliet director Kelly Asbury to helm the animated film that is said to include all new designs and environments. Deadline also reports that it "will focus on the origins of the little blue creatures," and that new film will "be closer to creator Peyo’s original artwork."
A Smurfs 3 would probably do just as well as a Smurfs reboot at the box office. I guess maybe they think taking out the live-action aspect of the film will make it more appealing to audiences. The first two films brought in a combined $910 million worldwide, so it makes sense that they would want to stay »
- Joey Paur
Sony Pictures Animation has announced a trio of projects it intends to release over the next two or three years.
Another is a new original creation being called "Genndy Tartakovsky's Can You Imagine" which is described as "a fantastic journey through one boy’s imagination". Tartakovsky will write and direct the film for a 2017 release.
Yet another project he's a part of is a new version of "Popeye" which the studio plans to release in 2016.
- Garth Franklin
While its live-action film side has been suffering from a dearth of successful releases, Sony's Animation department has been going from strength to strength with a series of hits. The company has now set several new projects in motion, including an original Genndy Tartakovsky ‘toon called Can You Imagine?Tartakovsky, the Samurai Jack creator who managed to pull the Adam Sandler-spawned Hotel Transylvania out of a creative tailspin, and who is now working on an updated take on Popeye, is one of the company’s leading lights. He’s now locked in not only a Hotel Transylvania sequel but also the new project, Can You Imagine?, which is being kept largely under wraps but which appears to be a journey through one boy’s imagination. With his experience working on multiple episodes of shows such as Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Dexter’s Laboratory, Tartakovsky is able to juggle different projects, »
Sony Pictures Animation is planning on taking audiences on a wild ride filled with vampires and other Halloween monsters, Catbus-esque caterpillar trains and even more Smurfs. The Hollywood Reporter states that Sony Pictures Animation is banking on Genndy Tartakovsky, who directed the hit animated film “Hotel Transylvania,” to bring them more success with two other film projects. Tartakovsky will direct “Hotel Transylvania 2″ and is also developing an original idea called “Genndy Tartakovsky’s Can You Imagine?” The plot is a big secret, but the little that’s been leaked out is that it’s a “fantastic journey through one boy’s imagination.” Looking at some of the concept art, it appears that we’re [ Read More ]
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Sony Pictures Animation has hired Kelly Asbury to direct an entirely computer-animated untitled Smurfs feature that is being viewed as a fresh take on the property rather than a third entry in the franchise.
Tartakovsky is also developing an original idea for Sony Pictures Animation titled Genndy Tartakovsky’s Can You Imagine? (pictured), described as a fantastic journey through the imagination of a young boy.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The studio has also hired Kelly Asbury to direct a new, fully computer-animated untitled feature about the Smurfs that is not being set up as Smurfs 3 but a fresh take on the property.
Tartakovsky is also developing an original idea for Sony Pictures Animation titled Genndy Tartakovsky’s Can You Imagine?, described as a fantastic journey through the imagination of a young boy. Producer Michelle Murdocca will once again collaborate with the director.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Man, it seems like it was only three years ago that The Smurfs hit theatres and reminded us just how creepy those little blue guys could be. But it couldn’t have been only three years ago, because then the idea of rebooting The Smurfs franchise would be ridiculous. It must have been longer ago than that, right? Right?
Wrong. Although the first Smurfs film came out in 2011, and The Smurfs 2 only last year, Sony has ordered a totally computer animated reboot for The Smurfs 3 – or, as it is currently being known, The Untitled Smurfs Movie. I actually hope they keep that title – that’s a good one. Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2, Gnomeo & Juliet) has been assigned directorial duties on the new film and she promises that it will be closer in look and tone to artist Peyo’s original Smurfs concepts, which I suppose is cause for celebration. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Sony Pictures Animation today gave an update on their lineup of upcoming projects – which includes the animated motion picture debut of a classic comic strip figure, an original tale from one of the form’s most multi-faceted filmmakers, as well as the continued expansion of two of the studio’s most popular worlds.
Bob Osher, President of Sony Pictures Digital Productions, states, “I am really excited by the variety of our upcoming projects as well as the amazing talent working on them.”
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 »
- Michelle McCue
Sony Pictures Animation issued a press release today that confirmed a report from February that The Smurfs 3 will be a completely animated reboot, with the studio bringing on Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2, Gnomeo and Juliet) to direct. The studio also confirmed that Genndy Tartakovsky is directing Hotel Transylvania 2, which has Adam Sandler returning to voice Dracula, along with the previously announced Popeye and a new project entitled Can You Imagine? that he is developing for the studio. Check out all the details in the official press release below.
Sony Pictures Animation today gave an update on their lineup of upcoming projects-which includes the animated motion picture debut of a classic comic strip figure, an original tale from one of the form's most multi-faceted filmmakers, as well as the continued expansion of two of the studio's most popular worlds.
Bob Osher, President of Sony Pictures Digital Productions, had this to say in a statement. »
Sony Animation is looking to stay in business with Genndy Tartakovsky, attaching him to direct “Hotel Transylvania 2″ for the studio as well as a project he developed on his own called “Genndy Tartakovsky Can You Imagine?”
The studio has also tapped Kelly Asbury to direct an all-animated untitled Smurfs pic that is a stand-alone movie from the previous live-action/animated hybrid films that Sony Animation had previously released. That pic will bow August 2015.
Jordan Kerner is producing the untitled Smurfs pic.
Tartakovsky is also developing an all-cgi “Popeye” pic for Spa that is set to be released on Dec. 24, 2015.
- Justin Kroll
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