Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Smurfs....the movie...yay!!!


The Smurfs Movie is an upcoming live-action/CGI-animated fantasy-family film directed by Raja Gosnell, written by J. David Stem and David N. Weiss, and stars Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, and Hank Azaria, with the voices of Jonathan Winters, Katy Perry, Jeff Foxworthy, Paul Reubens, Alan Cumming, and George Lopez. Produced by Jordan Kerner, the film will be distributed by Columbia Pictures.
It will be the first CGI/live-action hybrid film in The Smurfs franchise. After five years of negotiations, Kerner bought the rights in 2002 and was in development with Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies until Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation obtained the film rights in 2008. Filming began on March 26, 2010 in New York. After having the release date pushed back twice, it is currently scheduled to be released on August 3, 2011.
Set in the Middle Ages, the evil wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria) discovers the Smurf's village and chases them into some woods. The Smurfs get scattered and Clumsy Smurf (voiced by Anton Yelchin) wonders into a "forbidden" grotto and some of the other Smurfs follow. Since it's also a blue moon, a magical portal within the grotto transports them into Central Park in New York. They take shelter with a married couple (Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays) and try to find a way back to their village before Gargamel finds them.

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