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Smurfs Movie to Be CGI and Live-Action, Like Chipmunks


We've seen the very early basic designs for the CGI (and possibly 3-D) Smurfs movie, and today there's news that Sony has snatched up the film rights, and they plan to make it just like last year's Alvin and the Chipmunks movie — with live-action actors alongside the animated blue guys (and gal). Variety continues:

[Producer Jordan] Kerner said the genesis of the current project began during a holiday conversation with Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman-CEO Michael Lynton, who grew up with Les Schtroumpfs in the Netherlands. "He relished them as I do and suggested that it should be a live-action/CG film," he said. "(Studio topper) Amy (Pascal) felt equally that there was potentially a series of films in the making."

"The Smurfs are one of the best-known franchises, and among the most beloved collection of characters in the world," Columbia co-president Doug Belgrad said. "We're very excited to introduce a new generation to Papa Smurf, Smurfette and the other smurftastic Smurfs in all of their 'three-apple-tall' glory."

I don't know about you, but I might just pretend this isn't happening, until it does. In the meantime, the Smurfs' official website is actually really cute and informative, and there's a fun section devoted to the Smurfs' 50th anniversary — which is October 23 of this year!

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LadyLiLa83 LadyLiLa83 8 years
I'm so mad...they're going to kill the Smurfs.
saritabonita saritabonita 8 years
tiabia and blue... hilarious
saritabonita saritabonita 8 years
does anyone remember when they used to say the smurfs were EVIL! jajajajaj i'm having 1980s flashbacks. Speculations rose when the plush dolls came out! jajajajajajaj
flutterpie flutterpie 8 years
my boyfriend ruined the smurfs for me, he broke down how the smurfs are a communist regime complete with papa smurfs red hat. well it was that and the robot chicken episode where the smurfs reenacted the movie seven, i dont think i should watch this, it might give me nightmares
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Tiabia-All I remember (I was 9 at the time) was how PISSED he was. We were going to a party at my elementary school, and my mom made him go. So not only did he have to wear a lame costume, he also had to go to my school where other kids he knew were going to be. He hates Halloween. :rotfl:
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I am crying silently in the corner.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
I hate computer animation especially when it involves something from my childhood. No thank you.
jimdorey jimdorey 8 years
Yes, The Smurfs will INDEED be in steroscopic 3D - in other words - "Comin' At Ya!!" To see ALL THE UPCOMING 3D MOVIES that are on tap, check out MarketSaw.com for the breakdown - the best list on the 'net.
lauriegilbert lauriegilbert 8 years
This is very depressing, what's next, Strawberry Shortcake or Rainbow Brite?
radarkitty radarkitty 8 years
I'm not liking this much.
tiabia tiabia 8 years
At some point I think we are going to "play along with the Snorks".
Juicylemon Juicylemon 8 years
After old tv shows (Dukes of hazaard, Charlie's angels and Starsky and Hutch) comic books, they are digging into our childhood tv memories (Transformers, GI Joe)... Are My Little Pony and Care Bears live-action extravanganza are on the work?
jillerin457 jillerin457 8 years
This is just wrong. The Smurfs should only be portrayed in their original animated form! Preferably, they should just be left in the golden days where they belong. I'm afraid the new movie will have potty humor, dated jokes, and "extreme attitude," like most of the other crap they're making these days.
tiabia tiabia 8 years
blue, was he also forced to "sing" that "lalalalalala" theme song? LMAO
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
My brother is gonna have nightmares. He was traumatized as a kid...forced to dress up like a smurf for halloween (along with the rest of the family). At the age of 14. :rotfl:
tiabia tiabia 8 years
That Alvin & The Chipmunks movie was disastrous. Can't Gargamel whipped up a quick magic potion to end CGI or at the very least send Azrael to destroy all CGI-capable equipment!?!
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