The Smurfs - 2011 3D movie, produced by Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures, was a gigantic collaborative success, and the first movie in the Smurf Trilogy to use Sony's CGI live action hybrid animation method of using real actors on screen, with the darling blue cartoon characters, rating it the second largest draw at the box office that year, even after the release was postponed three times!
All you have to do is mention The Smurfs, and people from 3 to 63, will go bonkers when they hear of the tiny blue family, including, but definitely not limited to, Papa Smurf, Smurfette and the villagers, along with their villain, Gargamel with his cat, Azrael, that have been loved for decades by generations, from the 60's clear up to today, and can be related to, worldwide.
The story line entails the Smurf villager's preparing for their Blue Moon Festival, when Papa Smurf peers into his cauldron, observing Clumsy Smurf, accidentally allowing Gargamel and Azrael entry into town, putting the entire village in danger! In an effort to escape their peril, they all try to flee the village, and Clumsy runs to the Forbidden Falls, as Papa, Smurfette, Gutsy, Brainy and Grouchy, all follow and they get sucked into a vortex, landing them in New York City. Unfortunately, their arch nemesis, and his cat, follows and as fate would have it, they find refuge in the apartment of an expecting couple, Patrick and Grace Winslow, played by Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays, who by helping save them, save their own marriage. You will love how they manage to defeat Gargamel, played by Hank Anzaria, and save the relationship of the Winslow's, before their baby is born!
The all star Smurf cast includes, Papa, voiced by Jonathan Winters, Smurfette, by new pop idol, Katie Perry, Grouchy, the incomparable George Lopez, Brainy, Fred Armisen, Clumsy, Anton Yelchin, not to mention, Handy by Jeff Foxworthy and Chef by the world renowned Wolfgang Puck, along with many others, you'll just have to see and hear, to experience and enjoy!
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Despite many wishing Hollywood would just quit flogging an entire generation's collective childhoods, "The Smurfs" made a serious impact last summer. So much so, that Coming Soon reports that Columbia Pictures has confirmed production has begun on "The Smurfs 2". The original conquered the box office the July 25, 2011 weekend it debuted, and eclipsed $500 million at the box office by the Sept. 23-25 weekend before topping out at over $560 million. The possibilities are apparently so lucrative, that Columbia had precious little trouble luring back director Raja Gosnell, producer Jordan Kerner, executive producer Jordan Swerdlow and the complete original cast including Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Sofia Vergara and Hank Azaria.