Fully Animated Reboot of 'The Smurfs' is Arriving in Spring of 2017
by Ethan Anderton
March 26, 2015
If the live-action and computer animation hybrid adaptation of The Smurfs just didn't do anything for you, then you might be happy to hear that Sony Pictures Animation has a fully animated reboot on the way. We heard rumblings of this project last year, and at the time, the film was supposed to arrive sometime this year. However, Variety reports Sony has no set a release date for March 31st, 2017, with an eye towards being a popular film when Easter arrives on April 16th that year. This will be entirely animated, much more in tune with the original style of Peyo's artwork, something that was missing from the previous films.
Here's two pieces of concept art that surfaced at Smurfs Production Blog:
Directing the film will be Kelly Asbury, who counts Shrek 2 and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron among her credits. Previously, the filmmaker said this new Smurfs film would "explore the beginnings of the beloved little blue creatures in a fun full CG animated comedy-adventure for every generation to enjoy." So this isn't just an animated sequel to The Smurfs movies we've already seen (which is good news), and this will probably be what fans of the blue crew hoped for from the beginning. If you want to stay update on The Smurfs animated reboot, stay tuned to the Smurfs Production Blog right here. Anyone excited?