In addition to an incredible animated sequence featuring Popeye, Olive Oyl, Bluto and Eugene the Jeep (remember him?), the video includes a short intro by Genndy Tartakovsky. Mr. Tartakovsky credits his first teacher, long-time Fleischer Studios animator Gordon Sheehan (who was actually an animator on the very first Fleischer Studios "Popeye the Sailor" film) with inspiring his life-long affinity for Popeye.
For more, check out King Features and Sony Pictures Animation.
Initially the designs will be licensed for products in Japan... but there are subsequent plans to license Katoh's designs throughout the world. (We can't wait!)
Katoh says, “When I was a child, I saw Betty Boop for the first time on an old black-and-white TV and I thought that she was a spectacular leading star from a distant land. This collaboration is very meaningful for me. I am pleased that I can convey to people across the world that same excited feeling I felt when seeing Betty Boop for the first time.”
Read more about this story at BettyBoop.com or at KingFeatures.com
Learn more about Shinzi Katoh and his work at ShinziKatoh.com
Yes, it's true!
And it's the title of this newly released, hot-off-the-presses statement we're thrilled to share and celebrate announcing the incredible and talented team coming together to develop Betty Boop's first ever feature-length film.
We're sharing an excerpt from this exciting press-release, but check out the full release here. Or read more about it in Variety here!
06:00PT/09:00ET – AUGUST 14, 2014 - LOS ANGELES – Betty Boop™, international animation icon and leading lady, together with Animal Logic Entertainment and Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment today announced their plan to develop and produce Betty Boop’s first feature-length film.
Partnering with Fleischer Studios, Animal Logic and Syco Entertainment will produce a music-driven hybrid animated comedy featuring universally adored screen starlet Betty Boop.
Queen of the animation world, Betty Boop is one of the most loved and sought-after animated characters of the past and present centuries with accolades spanning film and television, fashion and music. Having first hit screens in 1930 with numerous appearances in Max Fleischer’s Talkartoons and her own “Betty Boop” cartoon series, her popularity has continued to grow through the decades. Most recently, she has taken her career to new heights, starring in a Lancôme® campaign and featuring in collaborations with Coca-Cola®, NASCAR®, UNIQLO and Chupa Chups®. Betty also has countless other global commercial and mass merchandising deals through her exclusive worldwide licensing agency, King Features.
Betty’s last movie appearance was a cameo in the blockbuster movie “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” (1988). Her millions of fans spanning generations have made her one of the most recognizable characters in the world and are eagerly awaiting her return to the silver screen.
The film, which will be produced by Zareh Nalbandian and Jason Lust from Animal Logic and Simon Cowell and Adam Milano from Syco, promises to be an exciting addition to the Animal Logic and Syco Entertainment growing development slate with broad audience appeal.
Of today’s announcement, Betty Boop said, “I’m so excited to return to the big screen – and I only work with the best! Let’s have some fun, Simon. Boop-Oop-a-Doop!”
Simon Cowell said, “Betty is an icon, and one of the biggest stars in the world – I’m thrilled to be working with her. Betty, I’ve worked with some serious divas but I think you could be the biggest of them all!”
For more information, check out the full press release here.