Watch: Wow, This Test Footage for a CG 'Popeye' Movie Looks Amazing

Watch: Wow, This Test Footage for a CG 'Popeye' Movie Looks Amazing

Sep 19, 2014

Popeye animation test

Animator-turned-director Genndy Tartakovsky scored a big hit for Sony Pictures with 2012’s Hotel Transylvania. The studio was so pleased with his work that he was brought back for the sequel Hotel Transylvania 2, but there’s another project that has the Russian-born filmmaker all fired up: a CG updating of Max Fleischer’s Popeye cartoons. And we’ve got the first test footage to show you what such a feature would look like.

Tartakovsky stresses the new footage isn’t a trailer or even a clip, as this new Popeye hasn’t been officially green-lit, nor does it have a script. It’s more of a proof-of-concept piece, something to get fans excited about what’s possible for Popeye and Olive Oyl in a modern CG world. We have to say, we’re very impressed with what we see.

The new clip is jam-packed with physical gags that evoke memories of the classic cartoons, only filtered through modern animation techniques that make the characters shine. Popeye takes on Bluto and a gaggle of his buddies in the test footage, while Olive flails around saving herself while waiting for the famous sailor man to do his thing.

The video is so full of action that it’s a bit exhausting in a way – the gags and set pieces come so rapidly that you’d almost have to watch it twice to catch everything that’s happening. Tartakovsky assures fans that while the physical comedy will be an important part of the experience, it won’t be the only one.

“Don't worry. I'd still like my Popeye feature to have a lot of heart. There's still his relationship with Olive Oyl and his Dad to explore. But what I'm really looking to do here is take what made those old Max Fleischer shorts great and then create the sort of film that contemporary audiences could enjoy. Show them the version of Popeye that I fell in love with when I was a kid."

Check out the clip below – and yes, everyone’s favorite hamburger mooch Wimpy will be in the feature film, if Sony finally decides to officially move forward with it.

[via IndieWire]





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