The Smurfs

(2011)

The Smurfs make their first 3D trip to the big screen in Columbia Pictures’/Sony Pictures Animation’s hybrid live-action and animated family comedy, The Smurfs. When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the Smurfs out of their village, they’re forced through a portal, out of their world and into ours, landing in the middle of New York’s Central Park. Just three apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down.

‘The Smurfs’ Blu-ray Invades Sony Pictures Animation

Back in June, I was invited to the Sony Pictures Animation facility to get an early look at The Smurfs, so it's only fitting that I came back to SPA for an event celebrating The Smurfs on three-disc Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD December 2. The three-disc Blu-ray includes the brand new animated short The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol, a smurfy version of the classic Charles Dickens story. The short centers on Grouchy (George Lopez), who is normally rather happy during Christmas, but is his usually cantankerous self this year. Papa Smurf brews up a potion to get Grouchy back into the Christmas spirit, which features the Smurfs of Christmas Past, Present, and Future.

I got to watch this animated short at SPA, which is a lot of fun, especially for longtime fans of the original animated series, since most of the short is done in the traditional hand-drawn style fans of the original animated series will recognize. It's a wonderful trip down memory lane for those like me who grew up on the original show, with many of the voice actors returning from the The Smurfs movie such as George Lopez as Grouchy, Anton Yelchin as Clumsy, Fred Armisen as Brainy, and Hank Azaria as Gargamel. It was interesting watching the old-school version of Gargamel with the new-school voice of Hank Azaria.

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EXCLUSIVE: Troy Quane and Kurt Albrecht Talk ‘The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol’

It isn't uncommon for an animated movie such as The Smurfs to include a bonus short film on the Blu-ray or DVD release. The Smurfs hits the shelves on three-disc Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD release on December 2, and the three-disc Blu-ray will include the holiday-themed short The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol, which puts a smurfy spin on the classic holiday tale by Charles Dickens. I recently had the chance to speak with The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol director Troy Quane and producer Kurt Albrecht at Sony Pictures Animation, where we got to screen this wonderful animated short, which mixes in the old-school hand-drawn animation with the new style shown in The Smurfs. Take a look at what the director and producer had to say below.

Can you talk about how early this whole project came about? Was this developed at the same time as the actual movie, or was it much later?

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘The Smurfs’ Meet the Cast Blu-ray Featurette

Coming to Blu-ray and DVD Friday, December 2nd, is the hit smash comedy The Smurfs, starring Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, and Hank Azaria as the villainous Gargamel. We have an exclusive look at this upcoming release with the Smurf Speak: Meet the Cast featurette, which looks at how each Smurf was matched with a celebrity voice. Check it out below.

When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world and into ours...In fact, smack dab in the middle of Central Park! Just three apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down.

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18 Animated Features Submitted for ‘84th Annual Academy Awards’

Eighteen features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 84th Academy Awards.

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‘The Smurfs’ 3D Blu-ray, and DVD Debut December 2nd

Sony Pictures has announced The Smurfs will be released on Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, and DVD on December 2. The standard DVD will be priced at $30.99 SRP, the Blu-ray will cost $40.99 SRP, and the 3D Blu-ray, which also includes a standard DVD, will cost $45.99 SRP. Take a look at the cover art and special features below.

When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world and into ours - in fact, smack dab in the middle of Central Park. Just three apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down.

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‘Smurfs 2’ Gets August 2013 Release Date

After racking up more than $135 million at the box office over the course of two weekends, the surprise smash hit of the summer The Smurfs is getting a sequel.

Sony Pictures is moving fast on Smurfs 2, having already given it a release date of August 2, 2013. Jordan Kerner will produce this quick-cash follow up.

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