Tuesday, March 23, 2010

3D Revival of "Popeye the Sailor Man"

Filmmaking's recent 3D revival has brought us memorable, eye-popping images such as 'Clash of the Titans'' hideous Cracken, 'Alice in Wonderland's' Cheshire cat and the naked, blue majesty of 'Avatar's' Na'vi.

And now Popeye the sailor man with spinach.

A 3D, computer-generated version of the cartoon classic 'Popeye' will soon hit the big screen, according to Variety. Sony Pictures Animation will head up the production, with Avi Arad producing a script from up-and-coming screenwriter Mike Jones.

This will be the first big screen version of 'Popeye' since acclaimed director Robert Altman's 1980 live-action take on the tale, with Shelley Duvall as the prim Olive Oyl and Robin Williams as the spinach-enhanced sailor man.

While little is known about the new plot or who may voice the characters, Olive Oyl will make a return as Popeye's love interest, as will their adopted baby, Swee'Pea, and Popeye's nemesis, Bluto.

But 'Popeye' isn't the only animated classic getting an update. Last year, Sony announced plans to bring the '80s cartoon 'The Smurfs' to theaters as well. With the re-emergence of the 'Transformers' franchise and news of a third sequel to 'Ghostbusters,' now all we need is a 'Punky Brewster' reboot and children of the '80s lives will at last be complete.


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