First Look: Official Reveal & First Photo of Sony's CGI Smurfs
We've seen a few different leaked photos before, but the first official studio-approved photo for Sony's The Smurfs movie has finally hit the web courtesy of USA Today. Seen above is our first look at Grouchy, Papa and Clumsy Smurf, voiced by George Lopez, Jonathan Winters and Anton Yelchin (respectively). The first trailer for this will hit on Thursday,
in the meantime watch it here, this is all we've got. Oh and if you haven't seen the photos of Hank Azaria as Gargamel in New York City, check those out here, they're quite awesome as well. Interestingly, this isn't a exciting of an unveiling as I thought it would be. What do you guys think?
In the opening, Gargamel discovers the Smurfs' magical village and scatters them into the woods. "Clumsy goes the wrong way into a forbidden grotto where a few other Smurfs follow," director Raja Gosnell told USA Today. "Because it's a blue moon, there's a magical portal that transports them to Central Park." Those three above, as well as Smurfette, Brainy, and Gutsy Smurf, then take refuge with a husband and wife (played Neil Patrick Harris and Glee's Jayma Mays). You'll see the Smurfs "as fully living, breathing creatures," Gosnell says. "They're little mammals. They're vulnerable little creatures in our big modern world." Oh goodie!
I'm still unsure if this will actually be good or totally awful, but I guess we'll find out on Thursday. I'm not a Smurfs purist, so I don't mind that we're seeing the little 2D guys finally come to life in digital "3D" CGI, but I can't think of any other live-action/CG mix movies recently that I've actually cared about. Sony is bringing The Smurfs to theaters on August 23rd, 2011, a very long time from now. Stick around to see the trailer, too!