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The beloved spinach-chomping sailor will return in 3D animated feature.

Created by E.C. Segar, Popeye first appeared in the already established "Thimble Theater" comic strip in 1929. Introduced as a walk-on character, Popeye eventually became the strip's star. In 1933, The Fleischers began to produce animated Popeye cartoons which through the 1940s. The sailor man also came to the big screen in 1980 with Robert Altman directing and the late Robin Williams in the lead.

Director of the film Genndy Tartakovsky was inspired by the iconic black-and-white Fleischer shorts for Paramount in the 1930s.Tartakovsky is best known for creating "Powerpuff Girls," "Dexter's Laboratory" and for his work on the traditional animation "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" cartoons. He made his feature film debut helming Sony's Hotel Transylvania, and he's also helming the sequel, which will see release on September 25, 2015.

The nifty animation test below offers a sneak peek at how Sony animators are resurrecting Popeye, who was last on the big screen in Robert Altman's admirably daffy live-action effort in 1980.

Source: Sony Pictures Animation

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