According to recent reports, Peyo’s iconic blue mushroom dwellers the Smurfs, will be returning to the small screens as official licensor IMPS revealed a partnership with Dupuis Audiovisuel, under which a new TV series is to be produced . While still in the pre-development stage, there are already concrete details about the format, namely that the visuals will be upgraded to keep up with modern standards, and that the series will be offered as a pack of 13-minute episodes.
The Smurfs TV series produced by Hanna-Barbera in the ‘80s is a highly successful series, still being broadcast on a global scale. But creating a new series, giving the Smurfs an updated look, was just a logical next step for the property after three Hollywood movies,” said Véronique Culliford, President of IMPS. “We are very happy to embark on this exciting journey with the Dupuis group, one of our historical partners on Smurf comic books and animation.”
The Smurfs franchise was created by Belgian cartoonist Pierre Culliford, more famous by his pseudonym Peyo, in 1958. The franchise proved to be popular globally, and has since appeared in various animated movies and theatrical cartoons. IMPS is known to have taken great care of the Smurfs license and merchandising programs since 1984, and has worked closely with agents all over the globe in order to develop successful promotons, publishing, broadcast deals, theme parks, live shows, games, and many more.