'Smurfs' Teaser Trailer is Strictly for the 5 & Under Crowd

The Smurfs trailer Smurf'd New York

A new teaser for Sony Pictures Animation's The Smurfs has finally been released. Neil Patrick Harris, one of the many stars of the film, presents the first look at the part live-action, part-CGI film.

The teaser is pretty limited, but gives a close-up (if brief) look at the film's titular stars. As expected, the Smurfs are tiny in comparison to their real-world counterparts. It might be fun to see them interact with the hectic environment of New York City.

Instead of focusing on the Smurfs, it acts like a faux disaster movie. Major monuments around the world are turning blue in what appears to be some kind of attack. But that's no terrorist attack... The world is simply getting "Smurf'd!"

That word and the color blue are going to be everywhere next summer. But no matter how far they go with it, I wouldn't expect the Eiffel Tower to be painted blue any time soon. Check out the first teaser for next summer's The Smurfs:

I can't say I'm the biggest fan of the "Smurf Happens" tagline for a kids' movie. A marketing company for Shrek Forever After unleashed a few posters with highly suggestive puns which the studio squashed almost immediately. I hope this is not the start of a trend.

The plot is structured around the fictional blue creatures and their inter-dimensional adventure from Smurf Village to New York City. Expect some kind of fusion between Alvin and the Chipmunks and Enchanted. If it's anything like the former (and it looks that way based on this teaser), The Smurfs will surely hit it big at the box office (God help us).

Smurf'd Eiffel Tower The Smurfs trailer

The cast is made up of a massive array of talent from all corners of the entertainment industry: Katy Perry, Alan Cumming, Anton Yelchin, Paul Reubens, B.J. Novak, George Lopez, Fred Armisen, Kenan Thompson, John Oliver and Jeff Foxworthy all portray Smurfs. Meanwhile, Neil Patrick Harris, Sofia Vergara and Hank Azaria will maintain their human form in the live-action portion of the film.

What do you think of the first look of The Smurfs? Does it look like a film you would take your family to or just another weak attempt to milk cash out of a childhood favorite?

The Smurfs will color theaters blue on July 29th, 2011.

Source: Yahoo! Movies

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