First Look at 3D Animated Popeye

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Director Genndy Tartakovsky has release the first bit of animation from his forthcoming 3D animated take of the classic sailor Popeye. While he is quite adamant that it is not a test, not a scene, and not a part of the final project, it does give a look at his intended style and character design for the film. He is aiming now for a 2015 release date for the film, but no firm date has yet been set.

Based on a comic strip by Elzie Crisler Segar and published by King Features in 1929, Popeye first came to the screen in 1933 in a series produced by Fleischer Studios. Sony director Tartakovsky says of the original series, “Max Fleischer’s black & white Popeye cartoons were among the very first pieces of animation that I got to see while watching television. And I just loved how physical they were, how wild the humor was in those shorts.”

Here are some images from a short video Tartakovsky release about his Popeye film. Let us know what you think of his take on this classic character.

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