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John Carter was not the hit Disney hoped for at the box office. The studio reportedly lost $200 million on the film, expecting it to launch a blockbuster franchise but instead delivering a Taylor Kitsch-fronted flop. There are some admittedly interesting ideas and imagery in the film, but there's no denying its critical and commercial failure. Still, some left a candle burning in the hopes that the John Carter of Mars franchise was not dead. And now it seems the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs may live on—just not at Disney. Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. announced on Tuesday, Oct. »
- Jonathon Dornbush
In a worthy follow-up to “The Secret of Kells” (a surprise nominee for the 2010 animated feature Oscar), Moore applies his dazzling hand-drawn style to another tale inspired by Irish legend, only this time, he spins the magic-infused yarn against a present-day backdrop while digging farther back into pre-Pictish rock drawings for visual references. Indie distrib GKids came aboard early, backing this Cartoon Saloon production, a limited-release treasure whose long-term library value similarly hinges on high-profile awards attention.
Whereas American toons tend to be driven predominantly by plot and character, Moore’s work delivers on various other levels, asking formula-fed animation auds to open their minds to a more poetic experience. That said, the pic’s emotional core isn’t so different from that of a studio-made heart-tugger like “Brave.” Here, the story is centered on a lost mother figure — a half-human, half-seal creature known as a “Selkie” — who disappears into the waves one night, »
- Peter Debruge
CGI-animated test footage, which won’t appear in the film, shows a pipe-less, tattoo-less Popeye fighting Bluto to save his beloved Olive Oyl. The clip follows a behind-the-scenes video of Tartakovsky at work adapting “Popeye” for the bigscreen and discussing why he was “destined” to make the film.
The cast hasn’t been announced yet so Tartakovsky used temp voices for the test footage.
After starting his career in TV animation with “Dexter’s Laboratory” and “Samurai Jack,” Tartakovsky made his feature film directorial debut in 2012 with “Hotel Transylvania.” He’s also directing a sequel for the film (also from Sony Pictures Animation), which will bow on Sept. 25, 2015.
Meanwhile, “Popeye” hits theaters in 2016.
The animation test starts two minutes into the video.
- Maane Khatchatourian
Genndy Tartakovsky's name is synonymous with quality animation. Just the mere mention of his name should make animation fans salivate. Samurai Jack. The Clone Wars and Titan A.D. are all great animated shows. So any word of his involvement in any animation project should be greeted with excitement and anticipation. Cue Popeye. Tartakovsky introduces this animation test for the animated feature. He expresses his appreciation for the animation art form and love for physical humor, and ability to laugh at movement. It represents what he wants to do in the feature. The physical humor is spot on, and I love that he has not messed around with the character design either. Have a look for yourself. ...
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Tim here. A couple of months ago, you may recall, I shared my crabby old man thoughts on the current wave of making new CG animated films based on old-school cartoons, among them being Sony Animations still-not-actually-official new Popeye movie to be directed by Genndy Tartakovsky.
Now, without having actually committed themselves to making it, Sony has basically confirmed that they're making it, releasing an animation test preceded by a short interview of Tartakovsky explaining his interest in the material. The animation itself starts at about 2:01, if you're an impatient sort.
What do you think? For myself, I find Tartakovsky's commitment to the physical illogic of vintage rubber hose animation comforting, though the character designs are still kind of horrifying, Olive Oyl's especially. The way that fully rendered images tend to insist on their tactility is completely at odds with the extreme caricature of the movements and shapes of the characters. »
- Tim Brayton
Genndy Tartakovsky is a heroic figure for a few different generations of animation obsessives, having created the all-time-great Cartoon Network series Dexter’s Laboratory and Samurai Jack before crafting maybe the best Star Wars thing of the last decade. Tartakovsky moved to feature films with 2012’s Hotel Transylvania, a slight but fun kid-horror romp. Tartavkosky’s currently directing a Hotel Transylvania sequel for next year–but he’s also working on a CGI-animated Popeye.
Although that film doesn’t have an official release date yet, Sony just released a video that includes thrilling test footage intended to show how Tartakovsky »
- Darren Franich
Best known for creating Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, and the traditionally animated Star Wars: clone wars series, animator Genndy Tartakovsky has been working with Sony Animation Studios for a long time to get an animated Popeye movie off the ground (the second big screen outing for the sailor man after Robert Altman's 1980 live action effort starring the late Robin Williams). While no concrete start date for the project has been given yet (Tartakovsky is busy working on Hotel Transylvania 2, the original marking his feature film directorial debut), the below animation test has be released, giving a good sense of the look of the film. It's an odd look, like play dough mixed with computer animation, but one that just seems to fit the characters. Check it out below. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Samurai Jack creator and director of Hotel Transylvania, Genndy Tartakovsky, has been developing a CGI animated version of Popeye for a few years now for Sony Animation. He's finally revealed a little taste of what he is planning for the movie in an animation test that was released today. It's just a little something to show us what they are looking at doing, and the director made sure to point out, “it’s not a clip, it’s not a trailer, it’s nothing from the actual movie, the voices are all temp.”
The video also features some concept art from the film, and the director talks about why he's making the project:
"From a young child, I was really destined to make one movie, and that movie was Popeye. Even so much, that when I first started animation, my very first teacher was a 90-year-old Popeye animator from the Fleischer studios, »
- Joey Paur
Popeye the Sailor Man was created by Elzie Crisler Segar and first appeared in the daily King Features comic strip Thimble Theatre on January 17, 1929 and hit the silver screen first in 1934 in a series of Paramount animated shorts produced by the Fleischer Brothers and later with a live-action feature film, Popeye, directed by Robert Altman with Robin Williams in the lead role in 1980.
Sony Pictures Animation’s film is the CG adaptation of the famous sailor man’s origin story.
- Jim Batts
Sony Pictures Animation has released test footage from Genndy Tartakovsky's “Popeye,” which won't flex its muscles in theaters until 2016. The studio is giving impatient fans a spinach-free taste of the CGI sailor, who must save his beloved Olive Oyl from the villainous Bluto. Also read: Sony Overhauls ‘Smurfs’ Franchise, Plans ‘Popeye’ Movie Tartakovsky directed “Hotel Transylvania” for Sony Animation and has been fascinated by “Popeye” since he was a boy. David Ronn and Jay Scherick wrote the script based on E.C. Segar's popular comic strip, which first debuted in 1929. Also read: Sony Pictures Animation Developing Faith-Based Movie About »
- Jeff Sneider
In the realm of beloved animated characters that span generations of Americans, "Popeye" is right up near the top. And just like his buddies over at "Peanuts," he's getting updated for the modern era. Perhaps cognizant that audiences may not want to see changes to the hero they've loved and recognized in a certain form for ages, Sony Pictures Animation is getting way ahead of the curve to assure everyone this will be okay. The studio has dropped test footage—with temp voices and the caveat this sequence will not be used in the finished movie—to allow fans to get a taste of what Genndy Tartakovsky ("Hotel Transylvania") is putting together for his movie. But first, the filmmaker shares his enthusiasm for the project and character, and his desire to update it and be respectful and....you get the idea. As for the footage? It's....fine. It's about what »
- Kevin Jagernauth
We still need to tell you what's up with this year's Best Animated Feature Film Oscar race, which we'll get to in due time. But for now, here's a sneak peek at a probable contender for 2016's race: Sony Pictures Animation's "Popeye." The studio has released a new featurette of sorts presenting an animation test for the film with director Genndy Tartakovsky. You might recall Tartakovsky's last film, "Hotel Transylvania," which was kinda/sorta in the Oscar hunt two years ago. That film was mostly dismissed by critics but I actually found it a charming diversion during the fall season. The featurette plays up Tartakovsky's personal connections to this well-known source material. "From a young child I was already destined to make one movie, and that movie was 'Popeye,'" he says. "Even so much that when I first started animation, my very first teacher was a 90-year-old ' »
- Kristopher Tapley
Sony Animation is currently at work on a new CG-animated Popeye from director Genndy Tartakovsky (Hotel Transylvania) and today we get a first look at an animation test for the film based on E.C. Segar's character. Popeye first appeared in the already established "Thimble Theater" comic strip in 1929. Introduced as a walk-on character, Popeye eventually became the strip's star. In 1933, The Fleischers produced animated Popeye cartoons through the 1940s. The film adaptation will be released in 3D and while no plot details are available, Olive Oyl, Bluto, Sea Hag and Pappy will all have an appearance while Swee'Pea will not be showing up in this film. Give the first look a peek below. yt id="M1lzJuwJD9k" width="640" »
- Brad Brevet
Sony Pictures Animation has unveiled some test footage from its upcoming Popeye CG movie, giving us our first look at the computer generated character in action. Hotel Transylvania helmer Genndy Tartakovsky directs this feature film adaptation of the popular comics strip character, and while we still don’t necessarily know what the story will entail, this test footage gives us a strong idea of how the character moves in the 3D realm. I’m happy to see that the character designs are quite stylized, refraining from becoming generic CG transfers of these classic characters. While this isn’t footage from the actual film, it is very slapstick-heavy and shows Olive Oyl defying any and all laws of both physics and biology with her movements. It’s too early to say how the actual film will stack up, but this first footage is certainly interesting. Hit the jump to watch the Popeye CG movie footage, »
- Adam Chitwood
Sony Pictures Animation has revealed a first look at "Samurai Jack" creator Genndy Tartakovsky's planned CG animated film adaptation of the classic newspaper strip and cartoon character "Popeye". The film is currently targeting a 2016 release.
The footage itself is described as an 'animation test' by the studio. In the introduction, Tartakovsky says: "It's not a clip, it's not a trailer, it’s nothing from the actual movie. It's just something that kind of represents what we want to do. I couldn’t be more excited by how it turned out."
The clip is currently available on Cartoon Brew. »
- Garth Franklin
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
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