The Smurfs trailer is just the latest clue about what to expect from upcoming and much anticipated The Smurfs movie, which hits theaters next summer. Yes, the Smurfs plot thickens! We’ve got the trailer (VIDEO) below, plus all of the facts that we’ve been able to smurf up, so far. Yes, it’s a kid’s movie, but the producers are clearly aiming for the parent-audience, as well. The Smurfs hits theaters August 3, 2011. And now, the facts:
First, if you’ve been reading this blog regularly, you know that I’m following The Smurfs the way most women my age follow Sex and the City (or The Golden Girls — I’m no spring chicken). I’d like to say that it’s because I’m a mom, but since my child is only two, and he’s a fan of red creatures (hello, Elmo!) not blue, that’s a paltry excuse. I’m simply a sucker for persecuted people of small-stature with white caps and their own linguistic tics. Here’s what we know about the movie so far:
- It’s in 3-D
- It’s a CGI-live action hybrid.
- The action launches when the Smurfs (animated) get chased out of their village by the evil Gargamel. They land in New York City, where they interact with live action superstars like Neil Patrick Harris.
- Gargamel follows them to New York, in the unanimated form of Hank Azaria.
- Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays play a couple expecting their first child. I truly hope they don’t give birth to a smurf.
- The following smurfs have lead roles: Papa, Grouchy, Clumsy, Smurfette, Brainy, and Gutsy.
- As for the smurf voices: George Lopez plays Grouchy, Kate Perry is Smurfette, Alan Cumming is Gutsy, Paul Ruebens (Pee Wee Herman!) plays Jokey Smurf.
- Tim Gunn plays an employee for a bigtime cosmetics company. Intriguing. I’m hoping this means that there’s a subplot involving cosmetics testing on Smurfs, and PETA gets involved.
- Sofia Veraga has also been cast in a live-action role. I hear as a bad guy. I mean, bad girl.
- Live-action scenes were filmed in Central Park (where the smurfs first land in the city) and NYC’s East Village.
- The Smurfs is directed by Raja Gosnell, who also helmed Big Momma’s House, Scooby-Doo, Never Been Kissed, and Home Alone 3.
- Neil Patrick Harris, kind of like Chad Lowe, can do no wrong. So expect big things, and try to keep your excitement in check, since the movie is still A YEAR away.
Here’s the trailer – a “teaser trailer”, as you’ll see: