Next summer (July 29), funny blue creatures will invade our theaters, with the CGI/live-action hybrid “The Smurfs”, directed by Raja Gosnell, from a script written by the “Shrek 2” authors J. David Stem and David N. Weiss.
Columbia Pictures are producing and they also plan to turn this it into a trilogy, as well.
If you never heard about the Smurf, which was insanely popular where I lived back in the 80’s, I can tell you that they are cheerfully blue creatures, just three apples high, living together in a small village, in a forest.
Their lives would be peaceful if it were not for the evil sorcerer Gargamel, who constantly hunts them, to use them for his own vicious purposes, including eating them or using them in bizarre experiments. Luckily for the Smurfs, Gargamel hasn’t got the sharpest brain, thus he rarely captures them.
However, in this movie Gargamel has actually succeeded with chasing the Smurfs out of their village and out of their magical world. So now they’re in the middle of Central Park, New York, and must find a way to get back to their village, before Gargamel hunts them down.
One of their distinct characteristics includes switching nouns and verbs with ‘smurf’ or ‘smurfing’, making their speech sound a tad comical. I’ll try to explain it for you in the text below, which I have smurfied a bit.
The smurfing is in full smurf in New York City and below you see actor Hank Azaria, dressed up as the sinister Gargamel, smurfing his way to the smurf.
Besides Azaria, we’ll see Neil Patrick Harris as Johan and hear Katy Perry lending her voice to the Smurfette.
Do you remember the Smurfs and what are your thoughts about that they’re making it into a CGI/live-action hybrid, instead of doing it 100% animated, like Shrek?
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