SVA alumnus Frank Caruso (BFA 1985 Cartooning), who has been drawing the cartoon hero Popeye for the last 25 years, and artist Ned Sonntag, who is also behind the popular comic strip, recently collaborated with Chicago-based indie rock band Wilco on the video for their single “Dawned on Me” (watch below) from their latest album The Whole Love. In the video (which features Popeye, Olive Oyl, Bluto, Wimpy, and Swee’Pea interacting with the band as fans and foils), an animated Jeff Tweedy, Wilco’s lead singer, strums his way into the heart of Olive Oyl, much to the dismay of Popeye and Bluto. “Dawned on Me” is Wilco’s first music video release in more than 10 years.
King Features, which syndicates the “Popeye the Sailor Man” comic strip, introduced the characters in 1929, but this is the first time new, frame-by-frame, hand-drawn animations of the characters have appeared in more than 30 years. Prior to this collaboration, Caruso and Sonntag paid tribute to the band in the most recent Popeye comic book by creating a panel that shows Wilco performing on a wharf as boxes of Wilco Brand Spinach are loaded aboard the aptly named vessel, the Wilco. To read more about the collaboration, visit Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Billboard, and The Washington Post. For an interactive website, visit wilcospinach.com.