Exactly two months ago today, Sony Pictures unveiled the first trailer for their highly-anticipated animated adventure Smurfs: The Lost Village, which takes the franchise back to its roots. After 2011's The Smurfs and 2013's The Smurfs 2, which were both live-action/CGI hybrids, the studio decided to go back to a fully animated feature with this new story that hits theaters April 7, 2017. If that wasn't enough, we also have several new photos, featuring Gargamel, his faithful cat Azrael, and more.
In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history! The new trailer debuted today courtesy of Sony Pictures.
The voice cast includes Demi Lovato as Smurfette, Rainn Wilson as Gargamel, Joe Manganiello as Hefty Smurf, Jack McBrayer as Clumsy Smurf, Danny Pudi as Brainy Smurf and Mandy Patinkin as Papa Smurf. No other supporting voice cast members have been announced yet, but that should change as we get closer to the April 7, 2017 release date. As of now, the animated adventure is slated to go up against Warner Bros.' Going in Style, Lionsgate's Wonder, High Top Releasing's Sleight and PureFlix's drama The Case For Christ.
Smurfs: The Lost Village was originally supposed to hit theaters on August 5, 2016, where it would have gone up against the superhero adventure Suicide Squad. Director Kelly Asbury revealed in March 2015 that the release date was delayed to April 7, 2017, because the story wasn't ready at that time. This early April frame has proven lucrative for the Fast & the Furious franchise, with the next installment, Fast & Furious 8, hitting theaters a week later, on April 14, 2017.
Kelly Asbury, who is best known for animated films such as Gnomeo and Juliet and Shrek the Third, is directing Smurfs: The Lost Village from a script by Stacey Harman and Pamela Ribon, based on characters created by Peyo. This new adventure is said to stick closely to the tone of Peyo's original cartoons, so we'll have to wait and see if this brings fans of the original series. Take a look at the second trailer and the new photos below for Smurfs: The Lost Village.