UGO has an exclusive snapshot of one of the CGI critters (see below) that will star in a smurftastic part-live-action-part-computer-animated film (think Alvin and the Chipmunks) set in New York, with Smurf village being in Central Park.
See the brand-new Smurf image after the jump... In news sure to get fans of French New Wave and arthouse cinema frothing at the gills with excitement... The Smurfs are back!
UGO has an exclusive snapshot of one of the CGI critters (see below) that will star in a smurftastic part-live-action-part-computer-animated film (think 'Alvin and the Chipmunks') set in New York, with Smurf village being in Central Park.
This is one of the craziest ideas we've heard for a while, but there's nothing wrong with a contemporary setting, and if we get to see Smurfs riding the subway to Brooklyn, hanging out in Little Italy or causing trouble in the Bronx, then we're all for it.
The snap is in black and white, which we assume accounts for the "leaked" photo from the UGO staffer -- unless James Cameron has made so much money from 'Avatar' that he's actually copyrighted the color blue and from now on no film may depict it in any way leaving us with yellow skies and orange seas. Don't put it past him...
According to UGO again, 84-year-old acting veteran Jonathan Winters is tipped to voice Papa Smurf (he voiced various characters in the original 1981 'Smurfs' TV show) while the bit of plot that has been made public reveals that the Smurfs end up in our human world where a first-time expectant mother with an overworked husband finds her house overrun by the miniature blue creatures. The film is being directed by Raja Gosnell, who has previously helmed 'Beverly Hills Chihuahua' and 'Scooby Doo,' both criminally overlooked by the Oscars. Maybe this is his year.
See the new Smurf image below...