Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Wilco's "Dawned On Me" Music Video gets initial New Hand-Drawn "Popeye"

Syndicate to produce the first new animated "Popeye" cartoon since 1987 as a music video for the song "Dawned On Me":

Wilco’s sweet, whimsical love song comes from their latest album, the 2012 Grammy-nominated, The Whole Love. The video is directed by Darren Romanelli, the fashion and pop culture innovator.

As one of the earliest animated characters, introduced in 1933 by Fleischer Studios, Popeye has become one of the most enduring and iconic cartoon characters of all time and is forever entwined in the evolution of animation. The music video marks the first new Popeye cartoon since “Popeye’s Voyage: The Quest for Pappy,” the 3-D CGI primetime TV special and deluxe DVD release produced by King Features Syndicate for Popeye’s 75th Anniversary in 2004. In what has become a primarily digital world, this new video marks the first hand-drawn, frame-by-frame rendering for Popeye cell animation since the Popeye and Son series from 1987.

This certainly isn’t Popeye’s first foray into love territory: the Sailor Man first met his “goil,” Olive Oyl, in Elzie Crisler Segar’s popular Thimble Theatre comic strip in the 1930s and their legendary love only grew and captivated the imagination of fans all over the world. The couple even made People Magazine’s list of the Greatest Love Stories of the 20th Century.