To Smurf or Not to Smurf

by | Jun 16th, 2010 | 8:05PM | Filed under: Trailers

Last summer, news broke that The Smurfs would be coming to the big screen. The film was originally scheduled for a December 2010 release, but has since been pushed back (twice), and now its debut is currently set for August 3 of 2011. Since I last wrote about the project, Hank Azaria was cast as the dastardly Gargamel — you can check out pictures of him in character here.  Neil Patrick Harris and Glee‘s Jayma Mays (who is near the top of my long list of actresses who thoroughly bug me) are also on board for live-action roles. A bizarre mix of talent makes up the voice cast: Jonathan Winters, Katy Perry, Anton Yelchin, Jeff Foxworthy, Paul Reubens, Alan Cumming, and George Lopez are just few who’ll lend their pipes to the little blue creatures.

Speaking of those three-apple-high beings, we finally have a peek at them in the teaser trailer below, which is kind of randomly introduced by NPH.

Oh my smurfness, I am not getting a good vibe from this preview. Papa Smurf is not right — his eyes are going to haunt me! What did they do to him? The two other smurfs looked OK (it’s Grumpy on the left and Clumsy on the right — you can see a bigger version of the trio here)… but I still think CGI was the completely WRONG way to go here, and that trailer just proved it to me. Plus, I’m extra-annoyed to learn that they added a new smurf: Gutsy. Wha?? Why do they need a new smurf? There were already like ten bazillion smurfs, and I have all of their little figurines (packed away in a closet in my parents’ house) to prove it!

Apparently the film will see the smurfs end up in Manhattan thanks to a “magical portal” they fall through while Gargamel is chasing them… and then they’ll of course need to find their way back to Smurf Village. Hmm, Enchanted, anyone?

And I’m not liking the new version of the theme song, either.

So are there any doubts about where I stand on this one?  Oh, and one last thing — the use of Tone Loc’s “Wild Thing” in the trailer?  Really, guys?  Really?

4 Responses to “To Smurf or Not to Smurf”

  1. dianalrosa
    Posted on June 16, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    I just heard the news about this today, and let me say I don’t think anything good will come out of this. Loved the cartoons at the time (though I never collected the figurines, wow, Erika) and it’s a shame to be changing the essence of it. A new Smurf? Manhattan? Please!

  2. Donna
    Posted on June 17, 2010 at 9:52 am

    I loved the Smurfs growing up as well. I don’t like the look of this treatment of them either. I’m not a big fan of combining live action with CGI characters in the first place. What was wrong with just making it an animated movie set in the Smurfs’ own forest instead of the urban jungle of New York?

  3. Michelle
    Posted on June 17, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    yet another case of hollywood rape, all in the name of the almighty dollar.Bleck!

  4. Fiirvoen
    Posted on June 17, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    I’m betting this is one of those that’s going to be a success through irony than actual enjoyment. Unless it is saved by some members of the cast.