Two animation studios have recently announced 3D animated movies which harp back to the golden age of animation. The two studios in question are bringing cartoon series which made their names on TV to the silver screen in 3-D animated format.

Mexican animation studio Anima Estudios is taking the ‘Top Cat’ franchise into the cinema, which will be a pleasing surprise for fans of this Sgt Bilko-inspired cartoon. In fact, this isn't the first 'Top Cat' flick for Anima. In 2011, Anima produced “Top Cat: The Movie,” which became the highest grossing Mexican film that year, earning well over $3 million in his opening weekend within the Central American nation. The film went on to be released in more than 25 countries.

However, Top Cat should apparently not be seen as a sequel to their earlier work. Fernando De Fuentes, chairman of Anima Estudios, has indicated that the movie is very much a companion piece for the other film rather than a continuation of the storyline.

The success that the Mexican studio has had with this seemingly ageing American franchise indicates the extent to which studios all over the world are tapping into the highly prosperous 3-D genre.

In addition to the Top Cat movie, Sony Pictures Animation are currently working on an all CGI feature which will see the return of another colourful character from the distant cartoon pass. Popeye is unquestionably one of the most famous cartoon characters of all time, and Sony is bringing back this iconic character in 3-D animated form in the near future. Already a teaser trailer has been released.

Dating back to 1929, Popeye is an incredibly historic cartoon, and there has been no new canonical material released for over 30 years. Thus, the young audience of today will certainly not have encountered this character before, so it will be interesting to see how successful Popeye is in his new 3D format.

Popeye will evidently be getting updated to the 21st century with state-of-the-art 3D technology, while the individual who has been place in charge of this project, Genndy Tartakovsky, is a veteran of many previous animated movies. He recently directed Hotel Transylvania, and cut his teeth on traditional 2D animations including Dexter’s Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls and Samurai Jack.

Sony have currently set no release date for Popeye, but clearly have an international release in mind when this 3-D animation has been satisfactorily completed.