First Smurf Movie Details Escape The Forest

Published 4 years ago by , Updated July 16th, 2014 at 11:10 am,

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Early details from The Smurfs, the big screen adaptation of the 80s Saturday morning cartoon show, have begun to escape the impenetrable fortress of information, Smurf Village, also known as Sony Pictures.

SpoilerTV has posted an exclusive casting call for two lead roles in the upcoming Smurfs live action film:

[GRACE] 26 – 35 years old… a first-time expectant mother, she’s faced with juggling both an overworked husband and, ultimately, a household full of Smurfs. Should be lovely, maternal and have good comedic energy.sptv050769..MAJOR SUPPORTING ROLE.

[ODILE] Late 20′s to mid-40′s… Foreign: European (French, Spanish, Italian), British, Latin American, French Canadian, etc. A beautiful, charming (when she wants to be), high-powered executive. She runs a high-end French cosmetics company. Strong comedic ability essential. MAJOR SUPPORTING ROLE.

The roles definitely point to the notion that movie-going audiences won’t be spending much time inside forest mushroom huts, and will likely be spending a greater percentage of the film watching as the Smurfs cause mischief in our modern world.

I don’t understand why screenwriters tend to position eighties cartoon adaptations in “the real world.” The whole point of children’s cartoons is to escape into magical fantasy lands, outside the confines of a child’s daily routine, encouraging them to use imagination – something sorely lacking in most of these cartoon-to-film adaptations.

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The casting of an “executive” type character, is especially troubling. It seems likely The Smurfs film is on the same slapstick nonsense ride that produced two terrible Alvin and the Chipmunks films (not to mention compromised our normally enthusiastic feelings about David Cross). What’s next? The Gummi Bears are ripped from Gummi Glen and forced by a dastardly executive to play in the NBA?

On the other hand, Raja Gosnell is still attached to the project, which gives us a bit of hope that The Smurfs will follow closer to the approach Gosnell took in the first Scooby Doo film (which at least captured some of the Scooby Doo essentials). Of course, that’s like saying we hope for a mild car-crash instead of a full train-wreck.

Don’t expect Smurf Village to be ready for the holidays. Sony Pictures has pushed the film back to July 29, 2011, sparing the film from a David vs. Goliath (or Smurf vs. Gargamel) sized showdown against Yogi Bear, Tron Legacy, and Seth Rogen’s The Green Hornet which are scheduled for December 2010.

What do you think about the Smurfs leaving Smurf Village in favor of invading your neighborhood?

Source: SpoilerTV and UGO

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  1. Thanks for the shout out, nice one :)

  2. I honestly kept waiting for something in this article to say, “Just kidding! You didn't really think anyone would be dumb enough to make a Smurf movie, did you?”

    That said, the idea behind this film… Well, it's just not very “smurfy.”

  3. Finally! Someone agrees with me about the Alvin and the Chipmunks movie being an absolute epic failure to the original cartoons!! And now we see another great cartoon doomed to go through the same…
    A live action Smurf movie….. How disapointing… I'm so disappointed that I am at a loss for words…..

  4. Bunch of smurfin' smurfers! Don't know when to smurf and when not to smurf. It really smurfs me off! I am not smurfin' seeing this smurf of a smurf-fest of a smurfin' movie!

  5. I don't know, I hope it turns out as good as Scooby doo. But hey heads up for a Smurfs marathon on tv. It is on the 15th. Fire up the dvrs.

  6. <sigh>

    I was actually hoping for a family-friendly medieval fantasy story complete with Gargamel, Azrael, Johan & Peewit.

  7. Gargamel is the only human that should be in this film. And it should NOT have any life action to it. 100% CGI is what it needs to be.

    And Ben, please no more jokes about the Gummi Bears…I couldn't bare (refraining from a pun) to see Hollywood smear their name. Them, Talespin and Ducktales should be left alone!

  8. Wow, fail, an hour later, I finally realized I typed the wrong word…it really should be “bear” not “bare”….naked Gummi Bears?

  9. Ugh.

  10. Let's also add Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers to that list.

  11. Papa Smurf said you've been Smurfin too many Smurf berries and that if someone in this movie isn't dreaming about Castle Smurfinstein then the Smurfin movie will end up in the direct to Smurfin video pile of Smurf. In no Smurfin time flat.

    fyu Brainey…

    telegram to Gargamel: Smurfs taste like s**t.

  12. As a long time fan of the series, the news of them being in the modern world (like Beastmaster 2, lol) totally dropped almost all interest in the movie. Part of my interest as a kid, and my kid's interest now, is the trip to an enchanted land. I rarely say this without watching, but if this premise is true, this = epic fail.

  13. Wait…Avatar wasn't a live action Smurf movie. Okay, that was a stupid South Park inspired joke. But honestly, why must they remake every cartoon from my childhood into bad movies…it all started with Courtney Cox and Dolph Lungren and has gone downhill from there. Transformers and G.I. Joe are about equal with Masters of the Universe once you factor in the technology differences from the different eras. Just make a movie about a cartoon that I didn't watch…like Rainbow Bright, My Little Pony, Jem, the Snorks, or the Shirttails. And stay away from MASK, Voltron, and Thundercats…they are the only ones that are still sacred.

  14. Wait…Avatar wasn't a live action Smurf movie. Okay, that was a stupid South Park inspired joke. But honestly, why must they remake every cartoon from my childhood into bad movies…it all started with Courtney Cox and Dolph Lungren and has gone downhill from there. Transformers and G.I. Joe are about equal with Masters of the Universe once you factor in the technology differences from the different eras. Just make a movie about a cartoon that I didn't watch…like Rainbow Bright, My Little Pony, Jem, the Snorks, or the Shirttails. And stay away from MASK, Voltron, and Thundercats…they are the only ones that are still sacred.

  15. Between me and my husband we’ve owned more MP3 players over the years than I can count, including Sansas, iRivers, iPods (classic & touch), the Ibiza Rhapsody, etc.But, the last few years I’ve settled down to one line of players. Why? Because I was happy to discover how well-designed and fun to use the underappreciated (and widely mocked) Zunes are.

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