Still, what they have so far seems pretty great: a fast-moving short about Popeye, Olive Oyl, and bizarre fourth-dimensional cat-thing Eugene the Jeep fighting off a horde of Bluto-sized brutes who fall from the sky. Although there a few moments that set off warning bellsEugene indulges in some antics that hint that he might be the sort of “cute,” fourth-wall breaking, modern reference-making comic relief monstrosity that we’ve all come to dread from movies like thison the whole, it’s a great showcase for the action skills Tartakovsky honed on projects like Samurai Jack and Star Wars: Clone Wars.

Popeye doesn’t have a release date yet, but Tartakovsky apparently plans to start work on it as soon as he finishes his directorial duties on Hotel Transylvania 2.