#GenndyTartakovsky‘s shelved #Popeye animated movie has been leaked on #Internet in form of an animatic. Currently it’s Sony Pictures vs the pirates (“Arr!”). Shame I’m not on my laptop. This looks like the Holy Grail of Popeye (it even has Eugene the Jeep!)
An anonymous source using the alias Chip Butty uploaded Genndy Tartakovsky’s full 87-minute animation for Sony Pictures Animation’s Popeye project and shared the video exclusively with Cartoon Brew.
Cartoon Brew has confirmed the authenticity of the video from sources associated with the film.
In a 2015 interview with Cartoon Brew, Tartakovsky explained the problems Popeye faced during production, which was eventually canceled by Sony:
Basically we did a demo and it was great. Inside, everyone is very happy with it. I think that’s exactly what King Features wanted. Our response was good.
But this was also the height of the Sony hack, and I could sense something was about to happen. So I didn’t get any response from them after the screening, which was weird because everyone was so positive. Usually we meet to talk and take notes. But they have their own meetings, that’s all. All I got after that was a call telling me how great it was, which always made me wonder. If they just call and tell you it’s fine, it’s because they didn’t provide notes. Then I personally went to Amy Pascal (then CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment) and said, “Look, I’m a big boy. I can accept that I just need some information.” She said, “Listen, Genndy, we Love you, but we just don’t like Popeye.”
That’s the point. I think they’re still developing Popeye and trying to figure out a way to do it, but not the way I do it, I think it’s the way to be very sincere and respectful of Popeye.
When asked about this treatment of the Popeye character, Tartakovsky excitedly explained what his version would look like:
Not only are these characters very well animated, but they are also very fun to animate. It’s harder to elicit laughter just by moving. But that’s why I’m in this business; it’s what I love. Popeye has many. The way these characters move is very interesting. I am very much looking forward to it. This little test we did is just a small part of our plan.
The test Tartakovsky is referring to was shared by Sony in 2014 and can be seen at the end of the video below.
When asked about the possibility of a future revival of the project, Tartakovsky sounded less hopeful.