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In recent news, Sony has just acquired the movie rights to the iconic cartoon character, Popeye, in which they  plan a 3-D animated film to be released on August 3, 2011.  No official word is out yet on who will voice the iconic character, nor is there any official word on what the story is about.  The only other information out, at this time, is that the movie will have Popeye's other companions Olive Oyle and Swee' Pea along with his nemesis Bluto.  Oh and Avi Arad (Marvel Studios Producer) agreed to produce the film.  Arad was quoted as saying:

"The new version will cover the themes of friendship, love, greed and life, and focus on human strengths and human frailties."

Personally, I hope this film never gets made, as I can't see how Popeye will do well in movie theaters as there's so many factors to consider.  Take in mind, this is coming from a guy who used to love watching old Popeye cartoons, and I even enjoyed the short lived "Popeye and Son", as a kid growing up.  No, I'm not saying that it won't do well because I'm being some sort of hater, but I am a realist and I'm a firm believer that not every cartoon translates well into movies. Seriously, not every cartoon would make a great film.  Sure, there are a few notable exceptions, but most of them wouldn't do that well due to it's content.  Confused? Allow me to explain this point a bit further.

Cons:

1.  If you honestly broke down every single Popeye cartoon ever made, you'll find that almost 90 to 95 percent of them are generically the same.  Popeye would either have to beat up Bluto for doing something wrong and/or save Olive.  However, Bluto would somehow prove to be too strong, so Popeye would end up eating his spinach.   Which in turn, caused him to become stronger and save the day.  Sure, there were a few original ones like when one of Popeye's buddies (not Bluto) tries to steal Olive, and the one where Popeye has to deal with a billy goat, to name a couple.  However, that still doesn't change the fact that over  90 percent of their episodes were different variations of the same one with different scenarios respectively. 

Hell, just look at the movie with Robin Williams as Popeye.  I thought he played as good of a Popeye as anyone could have.  Yet it still bombed because the story royally stank, as you can tell the writers and director had to stretch out a normal ten minute Popeye plot to make up an entire movie.  Anyone will tell you when you have to do that, then of course it'll come out watered down and stupid.  Speaking of Robing Williams, that brings me up to my next point.

2.  Once again, I loved the old Popeye cartoons but lets face facts here, in the original episodes.....NOBODY could ever understand a word he was saying half the time.  Therefore, it makes it that much harder for new audiences to relate to his character.  Sure, it's easy for people like me to identify with him since I grew up watching the show but for new audiences who never seen the old shows (i.e. kids today), then the plot and direction of this film is going to have to be damn near flawless if they wish to pull it off.

Pros: 

Although I've already vented out all my concerns over this upcoming animated movie, there is one bright spot to this I didn't factor in yet.  The one factor that could royally save this film.  If "Alvin and the Chipmunks:  The Squeakquel" and "Pokemon:  The Movie" taught me anything, it's that you don't really need a great story to appeal to kids these days.  With Hollywood's obsession to visually rape your eye balls with a lot of eye candy, it's fairly obvious plots and strong character development are becoming less important in kids films today.  Just look at last year's "Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs."  Sure, I will admit I did like the movie, but the story left a lot to be desired.  Hence, leaving the 3-D visuals to make up for the plot's shortcomings; not to dissimilar to "How To Train Your Dragon" this year.  Don't get me wrong, both of them were decent films, but nowhere near what it could have been.  Therefore, I'm sure if Sony can come up with a lot of super cool 3-D visuals, then it'll probably get away with the story's shortcomings.

Overall: 

Although I could easily be wrong when I say that this film will bomb in theaters, there are some things to consider.  One, not to brag or anything, but I'm usually never wrong when it comes to predicting how well a movie based off a cartoon and/or comic will do.  Sure, there were a few exceptions like "Spider-Man" and "X-Men" which came out way better than I thought they would.  However, for every "Spider-Man" film that's good, there's "Underdog", "Speed Racer", "Dragonball:  Evolution" and many others that I predicted were going to fail.....and they did.   Like I said, I don't mean to brag, but I just can't see Popeye doing that well in theaters.  I hope I'm wrong though.  Like I told my brother once about Dragonball, when I first heard that was being adapted into a film: "If there was a clear cut formula to making a successful Dragonball live action movie, then I'd be totally stoked over it.  However, since there's a lot things about the series that I can't possibly see working in a movie, then I'm afraid it's going to bomb."

Strangely enough.........I feel the EXACT same way about this new animated 3-D, Popeye movie.

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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida

Case in point, Underdog was doomed to fail because of the target audience and the way the production was made. They targeted kids who had never heard of Underdog, or Polly Purebred, when in fact the audience for the film had not only become parents but grandparents as well.

I tried to get a friend of mine to work on a movie script for "The Green Hornet and Kato" but he didn't remember the show, and thought it would go badly just as The Shadow did, but I had new ideas. Needless to say, we did not work on a script, and now there is a Green Hornet film in production.

I think Popeye is just another in a long list of "Nothing new under the sun" remakes of remakes. The problem is, they are afraid to invest in anything new, it might fail. They can buy insurance for something that has a track record.


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samboiam 6 years ago from Texas

Popeye was the whole reason I refused to eat spinach when I was a kid. It affects your judgment in women and causes you to have ugly kids.

I hope this one is better than the Robin Williams movie.


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

@samboiam

lol. somehow i don't think that was the animators' intention for you to not like spinach because of the character. lol. Yeah, I hope it ends up better than the Robin Williams movie too, but I'm still highly skeptical about it's chances.

@faybe bay

Yeah, I agree with you there about Underdog and remakes in general. Now a days most films tend to rip off other films that were already made. Heck, even Kevin Smith ripped off a few buddy cop movies when he made "Cop Out", and "She's Out Of My League" is a rip off of "Can't Buy Me Love." Don't get me wrong, I loved both those movies, but they weren't original by any means though.

Plus, I think Underdog was poorly marketed if you ask me. I think if disney was smart, they should have made a new cartoon series based on underdog to promote the movie two years before it came out. I think it would have gotten their target kid audience more familiar with the character if they did that. since they didn't, well.....enough said.

As for your Green Hornet script, i didn't realize you wrote screen plays faybe. that's very interesting. have you and your friend ever thought about making an independent film then? You never know. Blair Witch Project was an independent film and that made millions of dollars, so it might be worth a shot. Anyway, thanks again for stopping by as I miss talking to you, and thanks for your e-mail a few weeks about those sites you referred to me. I truly do appreciate it, and I apologize I never got a chance to say it sooner to you.


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Raf Domingos 6 years ago from São Paulo, Brazil

Man, I'm not a really fan of Popeye, I just couldn't realize somebodey being strong just eating some herbs...I know some guys that becomes philophers after smoke some herbs, but not spinach.

The movie with Robin Williams is funny I admit, but is much weird too.

But in one thing we agree: I don't want to see a new movie based on popeye.


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

well said. personally, i hope it gets canceled before they even get started, as i doubt it'll appeal to a lot of younger audiences today.


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

I can't see kids these days getting into the whole spinach thing, can you???


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

lol...I used to love Popeye!! Thanks for this info!


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

@paradise7

neither can i. thats one of the reasons why I doubt seriously this film will do that well.

@theherbivorehippi

your welcome and thanks again for stopping by.


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CYBERSUPE 6 years ago from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A.

Thanks for the memory, I grew up with Popeye and Olive and hope the movie does great. How else would I like SPINACH.


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

Lol. Your welcome cybersupe, and thank you for stopping by and commenting. :)


jon 5 years ago

You hope it doesnt get made?

WHY?

I hope it is amazing.

If we listened to you nothing would ever get done.


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Stevennix2001 5 years ago Author

You obviously didn't read my entire article, as i clearly mentioned some cartoons and/or comic books don't translate well into movies. I wasn't saying all of them don't. Sadly, Popeye is one them, as I just stated above. Heck, I hope I am wrong about this, as I've been proven wrong before with "X-Men" and "Spider-Man", as I mentioned previously, but i guess we'll have to wait and see. thanks for stopping by, and hopefully the movie turns out good.


Jason Markus 5 years ago

We all (Popeye fans0 are so excited about this new Popeye movie, but ALL of us want them to get Billy West to do the sailors voice. He is exactly like original great Popeye voice Jack Mercer. Please Avi Arad, get Billy do do Popeye's voice and NO one else. Thank you!!!


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Stevennix2001 5 years ago Author

Well hopefully you'll get your wish then, as I hope I am wrong about this movie being a potential flop. However, I guess we'll have to wait and see. Thanks for stopping by Markus.

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