A while back we heard word that a group of enthusiastic filmmakers were finally getting down to work on a feature-length CG-animated Smurfs movie. Well, it sure looks like some ample progress has been made on the Paramount / Nickelodeon project. The flick is penciled in for a late-2008 release, and now we've received our very first look at some production artwork!

ComingSoon.net has collected all the smurfy goodies into one handy page, so click right here to take a look at some new stills and a brief video clip. The Smurfs is being directed by Colin Brady, and since he has credits on titles like E.T., Toy Story 2, and Hulk, I'm feeling a little more optimistic about this movie. I'm not exactly a huge fan of Peyo's little blue buggers, but they do seem like a perfect fit for a family flick. Here's hoping the movie holds up under fanboy (and fangirl) scrutiny.