Smurfs: The Lost Village opens today and while it’s the third Smurfs film from Sony Pictures, it’s essentially a reboot completely unrelated to their previous films. Unlike other franchises Sony has decided to reboot before their time, it actually makes sense for this series, as the Smurfs have been around forever and have done pretty much everything.
The brainchild of acclaimed Belgian artist Peyo, The Smurfs launched as a comic book way back in 1958 before expanding into nearly every form of media, including TV series, toys, and food. With that many years of Smurfs, there were plenty of opportunities for some really strange things to happen, and they didn’t Smurfing disappoint. Here are some of the strangest moments from their history.
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Nearly a year ago, we found out that Sony was going to take The Smurfs in an all-new direction on the big screen. Instead of continuing the live-action animation hybrid franchise, they opted to have Sony Pictures Animation develop an all-new animated film that would essentially reboot the blue creatures on film. Now the film has a title and more voices to add to its roster.
The movie is called Smurfs: The Lost Village, and it will follow Smurfette (Demi Lovato) on a journey to find out what her purpose in life is, and why she’s the only girl in the village. But she won’t be alone, as her three brothers Brainy, Hefty and Clumsy will be joining her. But who will be voicing the sibling trio? Find out below along with the first Smurfs The Lost Village images. Read More »
Sony Pictures previously revived The Smurfs in two live-action/computer animated hybrid adventures. But now the studio is having its Sony Pictures Animation division take a crack at the little blue creatures in a fully computer animated feature film that will harken back to creator Peyo Culliford’s original animation style.
Since today is supposedly Global Smurfs Day, there’s no better time for Sony to unveil a first look at the film, which is called Get Smurfy. In addition, the studio has also unveiled three of the principal cast members: Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson and Mandy Patinkin. But to find out who they’re playing, you’ll have to check out the Get Smurfy first look after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, March 26th, 2015 by Angie Han
Mark your calendars, because Sony Pictures Animation has set a 2017 date for its next trip to Smurf Village.
That might not sound like something to look forward to after the grating awfulness of the last couple of Smurfs movies, but this one’s different. Instead of a CG / live-action hybrid, it’s an entirely animated reboot that sticks more closely to the source material. More on the Smurfs release date after the jump. Read More »
It’s the end of an era, and the Saturday Morning Cartoon is officially dead. So I thought now would be the perfect time to take a look back at the best Saturday Morning Cartoons. Hit the jump to find out the 20 best Saturday morning cartoons of all time, according to me. I have even included the opening credits song (whenever available) so that you can take a trip back in time to revisit the pop culture that owned the saturday mornings of our childhoods.
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Steve Cuts has created Where Are They Now?, a six minute animated short film which shows the sad lives of our favorite cartoon characters who are “facing reality long after their heyday prime.” The short starts off showing what has become of Roger Rabbit and his wife Jessica, but it also features many other cartoon characters from the 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s, including characters from He-man, Donald Duck, The Smurfs, Super Mario, Thundercats, Carebears and many more. The short is funny but also very sad — I’ve always wished we would see a Who Framed Roger Rabbit sequel which would show us what became of all of our beloved childhood cartoon characters (but I never imagined it could have gotten this bad). Watch the Where Are They Now short film embedded after the jump.
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Treble comes for the Barden Bellas again as Adam DeVine joins the Pitch Perfect sequel. Also after the jump:
- Will Mothra make an appearance in Godzilla 2?
- David Spade would like to bring you Joe Dirt 2
- Now You See Me 2 will shoot later this year, probably
- The Smurfs reboot gets pushed back a year
- Hear Jon Snow in a How to Train Your Dragon 2 clip
- Check out the trailer for the Rurouni Kenshin sequels
- Transformers: Age of Extinction gets a Chevy commercial
- See pics from the making of the Transformers soundtrack
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In a Sequel Bits column published last month, we learned that Sony was fast-tracking Smurfs 3 but doing it as a completely animated movie rather than a live-action animated hybrid like the first two movies. Today we learn more about the project, which turns out is a complete franchise reboot/origin story. Yes, already.
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In 2010, only 15 films were eligible for the Best Animated Film Oscar. Under the current rules, at least 16 films have to be eligible to have more than three nominees and this year that’s looking likely. Eighteen films have been deemed eligible to be nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 84rd Annual Academy Awards and it’s a very crowded field. Pixar usually is a sure thing but as their film, Cars 2, underperformed – at least in Pixar terms – that leaves the door open for movies like The Smurfs, Rango, Puss in Boots and Mars Needs Moms. Well, maybe not that last one, but it’s eligible.
After the jump see the full list of eligible animated films and predict which five will get the nomination come January 24, 2012. Read More »
In a piece of unsurprising news, Sony just announced they’ll release a sequel to The Smurfs on August 2, 2013, hoping to duplicate the late summer success of its predecessor, which is still in theaters.
The first film, based on 50-year-old characters and best known as a 30-year-old cartoon, didn’t seem like a sure thing a few weeks ago. Its 22% rating on Rotten Tomatoes wasn’t helping matters. However, instead of releasing the film in the middle of summer, Sony’s genius idea to release The Smurfs at the tail-end of summer basically made the film critic proof. By the time late July rolled around, most of the major family films had come and gone leaving plenty of families hungry for something new. So The Smurfs, seemingly out of nowhere, just barely missed beating Universal’s high-profile Cowboys & Aliens in its opening weekend and will likely crack $150 million internationally before it’s two weeks old.
Read which films The Smurfs 2 compete with in two years after the jump.
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