The stars of The Smurfs are back for this animated sequel The Smurfs 2. Evil wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria) returns and creates a couple of mischievous Smurf-like creatures called Naughties that will potentially harness the magical Smurf-essence. After discovering that only a Smurf can give him what he wants, he kidnaps Smurfette to turn his Naughties into genuine Smurfs. Papa, Clumsy, Grouchy, and Vanity end up on a chase to rescue the her.
Our own Madeline Downey brought her dad, Ryan J. Downey, to ask some hard-hitting questions from the playground to cast members Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays. Take a look!Read More
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.Read More
Last summer I did an extensive set visit for The Smurfs in New York City. The production design and sets were amazing. The only thing missing was the actual Smurfs. A year later, we finally get to see The Smurfs in all of their CGI, 3D glory. Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays star as a married couple whose life is turned upside down by The Smurfs. They have been chased to our world by the evil wizard Gargamel, played with gusto by Hank Azaria. The journey to the big screen was a real voyage of discovery for the actors. Check out our interviews with Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, and Hank Azaria below as they discuss working on such an effects heavy film.
The Smurfs was released July 29th, 2011.Read More
http://movieweb.com/movie/the-smurfs/ We join star Neil Patrick Harris on location at the famed Kaufman Astoria Studios in New York City Last summer we were lucky enough to be invited to spend a day on set of Sony's film adaptation of The Smurfs. Created by Belgian cartoonist Peyo in the late 1950's, The Smurfs became a favorite with American households in the 1980's. The long-running cartoon introduced a generation to the singing and dancing, blue creatures that were relentlessly pursued by the evil wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria). Papa Smurf (Jonathan Winters), Brainy (Fred Armisen), Clumsy (Anton Yelchin), Grouchy (George Lopez), and Smurfette (Katy Perry), these characters are about to take the summer by storm in a huge, special effects extravaganza shot in storied locations around New York City.
We met the super cool Sony publicity team at the legendary Kaufman Astoria studios in Queens, New York. The studio was founded in 1920 by a godfather of cinema, Adolph Zuckor. This giant facility nestled fifteen minutes from Manhattan has been home to everything from the Marx Brothers to the Cosby Show, and continues to be a vibrant production hub for Hollywood. I got goosebumps walking through the halls and seeing every award you can think of proudly displayed. Last summer The Smurfs reigned supreme as the entire studio was devoted to the film.Read More
http://movieweb.com/movie/the-smurfs/ We head to Sony Pictures Animation to watch footage from The Smurfs and chat with Hank Azaria and Jayma Mays Like many children of the early 1980s, many of my afternoons were spent watching Smurfs, those little blue creatures which sprung from the mind of Peyo. I can still hear that "La la la la la la (repeat)" verse in my head to this day. I can't help it. Smurfs were an indelible part of my childhood, and, thanks to the magic of CGI and the wizards at Sony Pictures Animation, The Smurfs are coming to life once again, with a new 3D adventure hitting theaters on July 29. A few weeks ago, I headed down to the Sony Pictures Animation studios to catch an early glimpse of some footage from The Smurfs, and talk to some of the folks who brought this new CGI/live-action hybrid to life.
We kicked off this smurfy day with a footage presentation, which included the first five minutes or so of the movie. They do a really nice job of encompassing the scope of this Smurf village, which is apparently protected by some Matrix-y hologram thing in the Enchanted Forest. We then stumble through (quite literally) most of the village by following Clumsy Smurf (Anton Yelchin) as he inadvertently wreaks havoc upon several of The Smurfs' daily routines... including the Narrator Smurf. It couldn't come at a worse time either, as all of The Smurfs are busy preparing for the Harvest Festival. However, Clumsy Smurf isn't the only one throwing a monkey wrench into their plans: Gargamel (Hank Azaria) shows up, which causes the Smurfs to flee. Sadly, many of them follow Clumsy Smurf, who takes them down a path no Smurf is supposed to go, which leads them to a mysterious portal. With Gargamel and Azrael hot on their tail, this small group of Smurfs have no choice but to jump into the wormhole which takes them into the "real world" of New York City.Read More
Columbia Pictures has released the third trailer for the upcoming live-action/CGI hybrid The Smurfs, which hits theaters nationwide on July 29. Click on the video player below for your latest glimpse at this 3D tale, which stars Neil Patrick Harris, Sofía Vergara, Jayma Mays, and several other stars voicing the tiny blue creatures.
The Smurfs was released July 29th, 2011.Read More