First Look: Animation Test Footage from Genndy Tartakovsky's 'Popeye'
Sony Pictures Animation isn't slated to release their adaptation of the classic cartoon Popeye into theaters until sometime in 2016. But that's not stopping the studio and director Genndy Tartakovsky from giving audiences their first look at the spinach-eating sailor and his computer animated feature film. Some animation test footage has just surfaced online, but rather than this just being a leak or a random bit of footage from the movie, it's all part of a lovely little featurette that shows how Tartakovsky has always been fascinated with Popeye. We get to see sketches, storyboards and more. It's a nice introduction. Watch now!
Here's the featurette and animation test footage for Genndy Tartakovsky's Popeye from Sony:
Popeye is directed by Genndy Tartakovsky (Hotel Transylvania, "Dexter's Laboratory") and written by David Ronn & Jay Scherick (The Smurfs, Zookeeper, Norbit). The film is an adaptation of the classic cartoon sailor Popeye, created by E.C. Segar, which debuted in the established "Thimble Theater" comic strip in 1929. The character was introduced as a walk-on, but became a comic star, blossoming into a cartoon hero in the 1930s and 1940s. Now Popeye gets his own computer animated film from Sony Pictures Animation. No voice cast has been announced, and there's no set release date yet, but it's expected to arrive sometime in 2016.