Genndy Tartakovsky is a heroic figure for a few different generations of animation obsessives, having created the all-time-great Cartoon Network series Dexter’s Laboratory and Samurai Jack before crafting maybe the best Star Wars thing of the last decade. Tartakovsky moved to feature films with 2012’s Hotel Transylvania, a slight but fun kid-horror romp. Tartavkosky’s currently directing a Hotel Transylvania sequel for next year–but he’s also working on a CGI-animated Popeye.
Although that film doesn’t have an official release date yet, Sony just released a video that includes thrilling test footage intended to show how Tartakovsky’s Popeye would update the style of the classic Fleischer Studios cartoons.
The fun stuff starts at the two-minute mark: