3D Computer-Animated Popeye Primed for FOX and Artisan
As one of the most recognizable icons of the 20th century, Popeye is an entertainment industry unto himself. Represented by King Features Syndicate, Popeye made his first public appearance on Jan. 17, 1929 in Elzie Segar's comic strip, THIMBLE THEATRE. He jumped to the silver screen in POPEYE THE SAILOR, a 1933 Betty Boop cartoon from the Fleischer Studios. The Sailor Man went on to star in nearly 600 Popeye cartoons, produced through the years by the Fleischer Studios, Famous Studios and Hanna-Barbera, among others. In 1980, Popeye returned to the big screen in Robert Altman's live-action POPEYE movie starring Robin Williams and Shelly Duvall. In 1993, Ted Turner's Cartoon Network celebrated the 60th anniversary of the muscled mariner's film debut with POPUMENTARY, a series of six primetime specials. In addition to his enormous breadth of film and TV credits, Popeye was one of the world's first character licensing sensations and today boasts 500 licensees in 50 countries.
King Features Syndicate is a member of Hearst Entertainment and Syndication Group, which combines The Hearst Corp.'s cable network partnerships, television programming and distribution activities and syndication companies. King Features is a leading distributor of comics, columns, editorial cartoons, puzzles and games, distributing some 150 features to nearly 5,000 newspapers around the globe. Among its most beloved and successful classic characters are Popeye and Betty Boop.
Artisan Family Home Entertainment represents one of the home entertainment industry's pre-eminent children's and family franchises with a roster that includes some of the most widely-recognized brands in the marketplace, including BARBIE, CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG, CARE BEARS, RESCUE HEROES, HOT WHEELS and the VEGGIE TALES MOVIE.
Mainframe Ent. is best known as a pioneer of computer-animated television series for the groundbreaking REBOOT and the award-winning BARBIE AS RAPUNZEL direct-to-video feature, and is producing 13 episodes of SPIDER-MAN for Sony Pictures Television.