Following the release of two live-action/CGI Smurfs movies in 2011 and 2013, the franchise originally created by Belgian comics artist Pierre "Peyo" Culliford is getting a big screen reboot. Next year's Smurfs: The Lost Village will see the familiar blue denizens on an adventure set against their very own native fantasy world. Gone are the days of watching the likes of Neil Patrick Harris and Hank Azaria interact with the Smurfs in modern day New York. Instead, The Lost Village features a new cast of voice actors taking a turn at bringing the classic Smurf characters to life for a whole new generation.
Sony Pictures Animation and Columbia Pictures originally announced that the third Smurfs film would explore the origin story of the titular blue creatures and the nefarious Gargamel. Eventually, it became clear that Smurfs: The Lost Village is a proper reboot, with a cast that includes Mandy Patinkin (Homeland) as Papa Smurf, Demi Lovato (Frozen) as Smurfette, and Rainn Wilson (The Office) as Gargamel. The latest trailer for the movie has now been released online.
In the footage featured above, distributor Columbia Pictures teases a playful 3D animated adventure inspired by the original Belgian comics series created by Peyo way back in 1958. Set to explore the nature of the Smurfs origins - with plenty of self-aware humor regarding the fact that the mushroom dwelling creatures are predominantly male - Smurfs: The Lost Village may offer longtime Smurfs fans the big screen experience they've been waiting for.
Presenting itself as a bright and colorful animated romp in the vein of this month's release Trolls, Smurfs: The Lost Village is undoubtedly aiming to appeal to younger moviegoers and their parents, first and foremost. Whether or not the movie will prove to be entertaining for anyone else remains to be seen - but given the weak critical reception for the two live-action/CGI Smurfs movies, The Lost Village director Kelly Asbury doesn't have too high of a bar to clear here, as far as decent children's entertainment goes.
The Smurfs (2011) was a significant box office success for Sony - and despite the fact that The Smurfs 2 didn't do as well in 2013, Smurfs: The Lost Village should perform respectably if it's as capably handled as Trolls. Only time will tell how general audiences will respond to the new movie, so here's to hoping that at least steadfast Smurfs fans appreciate what The Lost Village has to offer.
Smurfs: The Lost Village opens in U.S. theaters on April 7, 2017.
Source: Sony/Columbia Pictures