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Sony and The Smurfs Start Their Halloween Early

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Peyo’s The Smurfs will be celebrating Halloween early this year, via the release of The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow on September 10. The TV special will feature state of the art animation techniques that blend CG animation and traditional hand-drawn techniques. It will also reunite the stars of the blockbuster film The Smurfs 2, such as Alan Cumming, Anton Yelchin, Hank Azaria, and Fred Armisen.

Celebrate Global Smurfs Day June 25th

Celebrate Global Smurfs Day June 25th

It’s become well known that The Smurfs are heading to theaters on July 29th, about 5 weeks from now. In an effort to ensure this time flies by, Sony Pictures Animation aims to make the entire summer the Smurfiest ever. The hype train kicks off today, on June 25th, with the power of Global Smurfs Day. Today doubles as a birthday for Peyo, the man responsible for creating the Smurfs over 50 years ago, in 1958. Participants around the world will enjoy Smurf-related activities, dress up as their favorite Smurf, and even attempt get more than 2,510 people to set the Guinness World Record for Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Smurfs within a 24-hour period in Multiple Venues. Talk about a specific record! How will you celebrate?

The Smurfs get Papercutz to debut The Purple Smurf

The Smurfs get Papercutz to debut The Purple Smurf

The Smurfs; lovable, joyful little critters who gleefully sing the day away. Seems like the perfect little symbol of happiness, right? Well, now imagine that one of them is all twisted and evil and bitter – and most alarmingly, a blue-less purple. Then he bites another Smurf, turning him the same kind of evil and purple. Then another. And another. Soon, it’s a whole horde of zombie-like evil Smurfs, aiming to take over all of Smurfkind. Horrifying, right?? Well, such is the tale of The Purple Smurf, or as it was originally known in France, Les Schtroumpfs Noirs. It’s an epidemic even Gargamel couldn’t have dreamed up, and one only Papa Smurf could figure a way out of. The original story was released by Peyo, nearly 50 years ago, then animated in the Saturday morning toon some 20 years ago, and replayed on Cartoon Network’s Boomerang about 5 years ago. Now, Papercutz is re-releasing the original graphic novel in English for the first time, along with other Smurf adventures, like The Smurfs and the Magic Flute. With Sony and Columbia’s hybrid CG Smurfs movie due out next August, it looks like Smurf fever is spreading everywhere! Let’s just hope its not the purple kind.

The Smurfs get global icons Smurf’d

The Smurfs get global icons Smurf'd

Sony Animation has a lot to live up to with next year’s The Smurfs movie. The hybrid adventure will bring the lovable, and blue, Smurfs all the way into New York City, where they’ll no doubt have to interact with regular human folks, far away from their magical mushroom village. And, certainly, where there are Smurfs, Gargamel can’t be too far behind! But it appears there may be a bit more magic involved (maybe that of Papa Smurf?) as the trailer show’s famous global icons getting Smurf’d! The Eiffel Tower, Mount Rushmore, the Sphinx in Epypt, etc. All of them, Smurf’d in a big way! …er, little way! Go ahead, check out the Smurf’d stuff!

First look at Sony’s 3D epic The Smurfs Movie

First look at Sony's 3D epic The Smurfs Movie

Finally, we can get our first look at the Smurfs, fully rendered and animated, just as they’ll appear in Columbia and Sony Animation’s upcoming 3D film, The Smurfs. For over 50 years, Peyo’s little blue creations have been a mainstay of comic books and television. But now, as evidenced in the teaser trailer below, and introduced by one of the stars Neil Patrick Harris, we can see how the hybrid of live action will mesh with the computer animated Smurfs. It will be the first time the Smurfs have been in theaters since The Smurfs and the Magic Flute in 1983. Except this time, if we’re to believe the clip, the blue folks will be doing battle with Gargamel in Manhattan, the heart of New York City. Check it out, and let us know what you think!

The Smurfs take Manhattan

The Smurfs take Manhattan

Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation have begun shooting principle photography in New York City for their upcoming live action and CG hybrid film, the Smurfs. The film, which is set to hit theaters on August 3rd of 2011, is based on the popular Peyo characters which dominated Saturday Morning cartons in the early 1980s. The film is written by J. David Stem, David N. Weiss, Jay Scherick, David Ronn, and features the on-screen talents of Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Sofia Vergara, and Hank Azaria as Gargamel. The voice cast includes Anton Yelchin as Clumsy Smurf, Jonathan Winters as Papa Smurf, Katy Perry as Smurfette, Alan Cumming as Gutsy Smurf, Fred Armisen as Brainy Smurf, and George Lopez as Grouchy Smurf filling the roles of the little blue characters, rendered by Sony Pictures Imageworks.

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