Popeye Cartoon Movie News: Amzing character comes to the big pictures...again! I 'll be damned www. all com
Well Blow Me Down!
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.
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.
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.
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.