First Look: Official Reveal & First Photo of Sony's CGI Smurfs
by Alex Billington
June 15, 2010
Source: USA Today
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!
I feel like bringing them out of Smurfville/Smurftown/Smurfvillage makes it lose it's appeal
Dan W on Jun 15, 2010
I loved the Smurfs as a kid. And these things look exactly like smurfs. At least they haven't tried to mess with them too much, but all the Dans on this message board agree - taking them out of the village is the most feeble, predictable and hackneyed device they could possibly have come up with.
Dan North on Jun 15, 2010
I got nothing, I see no need for a Smurfs CGI/3-D Bastard, Smurfs was a terrible cartoon. Give me "The Jetsons" film then we'll see. Next "The Snorks" will happen, ew.
Xerxex on Jun 16, 2010
Finally.. watch out you na'vi!
chew on Jun 16, 2010
If they had clever humor like the Muppets in here, it would be money. Im sure it's just another kid/soccer mom extravaganza.
L on Jun 16, 2010
If the Smurfs walked through Times Square in real life they'd be in Guantanamo the next day.
Hattori Hanzo on Jun 16, 2010
The Smurfs in Central Park?? I thought it was a joke. Instead, it's an horrible nightmare...
scorpius on Jun 16, 2010
I know its just a first look, but the charm seems to have gone from their characters. Perhaps the smurfs were never meant to be photorealistic....I've got a bad feeling about this
Voice of Reason on Jun 16, 2010
They look sooooooo incredibly fake. Like stone figures.
movie mike on Jun 16, 2010
I`m not impressed with the animation on the characters yet (wait until Thursday`s trailer), though it`s still in early stages. In a year they will probably look much better.
Mr.Cookie on Jun 16, 2010
Oh, my head hurts. They'll adapt anything. But hey, I was never a fan, so if this floats your boat, go for it.
Nada Nuff on Jun 16, 2010
#10, you're not impressed? Who cares whether or not you're impressed? Who are you? Why do you matter? Does anyone love you? What's your deal? What's your angle? Who's baby is that? Can you hear me? Is this a joke? How dare you!
Alec Baldwing on Jun 16, 2010
is just me, or this looks reeeeaaallyyyy crappy??
leinergroove on Jun 16, 2010
Oh 80's cartoons...how I loved thee.
Shawn Keim on Jun 16, 2010
The Smurfs sucked in the 80s and they'll still suck in the 10s.
Jasn on Jun 16, 2010
WOW The sequel to Avatar!!! Wait.... I can't put my finger on it but something is different.
JayC on Jun 16, 2010
New York must be a way point for all things stupid
Jimmy Love on Jun 16, 2010
seriously? the smurfs in new york? how typical. and stupid. at least set it in the friggin countryside. i was never an avid follower of them but what is the purpose of this at all?
Eli on Jun 16, 2010
I really love the smurfs there cute and cool 🙂
Jessica on Jun 16, 2010
Well that looks like shit!
Dan on Jun 16, 2010
There has to be a breakdancing scene and a smurf talking in a 'street' voice.
Crapola on Jun 16, 2010
I shit on this project. In fact, I'm gonna eat nothing but chili for a month so I can work up the proper amount of shit that needs to be shat on this project.
Dave Lister, J.M.C. on Jun 16, 2010
At least.. in the 80s they saved the idea of "taking it to the city" to the lousy sequals (Gremlins, Jason takes MAnhattan etc)
ryderup on Jun 16, 2010
The smurfs look like they have a mini-chubby on their heads.
casting couch on Jun 16, 2010
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