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    Perhaps the most exciting thing about Walt Disney's Tangled was how the CG animation rigs for the characters became complex enough to offer up something more like the kind of extreme expressions and bold poses more familiar in 2D animation.

    Now it's Sony's turn to push that envelope, as Genndy Tartakovsky has gotten ambitious with Hotel Transylvania. A new piece on the film in The LA Times focuses on how this neophyte feature director asked for, and fought for, more than is usual:
    Tartakovsky's monsters stretch, squish, hover and crouch in ways that challenge computer software that was designed to replicate the real world. In meetings with the Hotel Transylvania animators, the director drew over frames of the film on a digital tablet and acted out desired poses ? Dracula hunched under his cape, for instance. For animators working within the constraints of a CG model, the wildly expressive shapes created problems... For Tartakovsky, the exaggerated poses are the whole point of working in animation to begin with ? cartoons, he believes, should actually be cartoonish.
    And hopefully Sony are happy with what they see - though I expect just how happy they are will depend on the critical response and, even more, the box office that the film reaps on release next month.

    The studio are already working with Tartakovsky on two more projects, and it seems he's set to continue pushing CG to take on the best of 2D technique:
    One will be an original idea of his (a family comedy) and the other a new take on "Popeye" ? which he plans to make as artful and unrealistic as possible.
    Oh, yes please. Given that he's also massive and packs some real heft, the elasticity and amorphous flexibility of Popeye is pretty much the whole point of his design. I can't wait to see how he translates through Tartakovsky's eye.

    It's an exciting time in CG animation, with lots of directors pushing for new ideas, strong looks and pioneering approaches. Ideally, they'll all build on one another's successes, too, and the aesthetic palette will continue to broaden.

    And with it, of course, the storytelling potential.

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    I liked his Star Wars series. I'd give Popeye a look.
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    Great to see he's getting work and Popeye's an excellent fit for him. Will probably be checking out Hotel Transylvania despite Sandler.

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    "artful and unrealistic"? Excellent.
    (seriously, no snark)
    I'm already anticipating Hotel Transylvania, so I'll go ahead and pledge a few movie tickets to a Tartakovsky-driven Popeye.

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    'Hotel Transylvania 2' in the Works for 2015 Release
    Quote Originally Posted by Borys Kit
    Genndy Tartakovsky, who directed Transylvania, is moving on to direct SPA’s Popeye movie project, which just got a release date of September 26, 2014.

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    Popeye in CG...interesting.
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    I misread artful as awful...

    That being said, I'd still take a look.
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    Sony Animation Sets Slate: Popeye', 'Transylvania 2,' More (Exclusive)
    Among the projects: "Hotel Transylvania" director Genndy Tartakovsky is set to helm a sequel and is developing a new creation "Can You Imagine?"
    Quote Originally Posted by Borys Kit
    Not content to let Disney Animation or DreamWorks Animation hog the spotlight, Sony Pictures Animation is ready to make some waves of its own as it ramps up a trio of projects it will release in the next two or three years.

    SPA is betting big on Genndy Tartakovsky, the popular animator behind Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack and Star Wars: The Clone Wars, who is working on two of the three projects.

    Tartakovsky, who already directed Hotel Transylvania and is deep into Popeye for the company, is continuing his relationship with SPA by not only signing on to direct Hotel Transylvania 2 but by also developing a new original creation tentatively called Genndy Tartakovsky’s Can You Imagine?

    The plot is being kept deep in the recesses of the mind, but it is described as a fantastic journey through one boy’s imagination. Michelle Murdocca, who produced Hotel Transylvania, is producing Can You Imagine?, which Tartakovsky is writing and will direct.

    “When he comes up with a great idea, of course you want to listen to it,” says Bob Osher, the president of Sony Pictures Digital Productions who initially brought Tartakovsky to work on the first Hotel Transylvania.

    Tartakovsky is working on Can You Imagine? as he tackles directing duties on Hotel Transylvania 2, which is being written by Adam Sandler and Robert Smigel and has a release date of Sept. 25, 2015.

    All this while still working on the company’s Popeye, which is in production for a release sometime in 2016. Osher believes that Tartakovsky’s past in television prepared the animator to juggle a film workload: “In the world of television, they work on multiple episodes simultaneously while also keeping an eye on an entire season. He’s used to, and likes, a high level of workload.”

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