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Sony Pictures Animation has announced that the new Smurfs film has been pushed back to March 31st, 2017, after moving from its original August 2016 release.
Rory Bruer, Sony Pictures Worldwide Distribution president, said on the film:
“With a fully animated feature close in tone and design to Peyo’s original creation, we’re embracing everything that has made the Smurfs so special for audiences worldwide ….The date is a perfect match for this movie. With the kids on break, every day plays like summer, and for franchises with global appeal like the Smurfs, audiences are ready to turn out for great entertainment.”
In addition, director Asbury posted her own statement on the film on its production website:
“I want nothing more than »
- Scott J. Davis
If the live-action and computer animation hybrid adaptation of The Smurfs just didn't do anything for you, then you might be happy to hear that Sony Pictures Animation has a fully animated reboot on the way. We heard rumblings of this project last year, and at the time, the film was supposed to arrive sometime this year. However, Variety reports Sony has no set a release date for March 31st, 2017, with an eye towards being a popular film when Easter arrives on April 16th that year. This will be entirely animated, much more in tune with the original style of Peyo's artwork, something that was missing from the previous films. Here's two pieces of concept art that surfaced at Smurfs Production Blog: Directing the film will be Kelly Asbury, who counts Shrek 2 and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron among her credits. Previously, the filmmaker said this new Smurfs »
- Ethan Anderton
Sony's upcoming animated Smurfs movie has been delayed until 2017.
Originally scheduled for August 5, 2016, the reboot will now launch in cinemas on March 31, 2017.
Sony Pictures executive Rory Bruer said: "With a fully animated feature close in tone and design to Peyo's original creation, we're embracing everything that has made The Smurfs so special for audiences worldwide.
"The date is a perfect match for this movie. With the kids on break, every day plays like summer, and for franchises with global appeal like The Smurfs, audiences are ready to turn out for great entertainment."
"Since this new film has no connection to the previous live-action hybrids, we have a whole new world to create, and it is critical for me and my crew that we deliver a movie that will »
Sony Pictures announced today that their Untitled Smurfs Movie has moved from August 5, 2016 to March 31, 2017. As of now, the Smurfs currently have that release date all to themselves, although the movie comes one week after The Divergent Series: Allegiant: Part 2 on March 24 and a week before Warner Bros.' Pacific Rim 2 on April 7, 2017. If it would have stayed in the August 5, 2016 release slot, the animated comedy would have gone up against the highly-anticipated superhero adaptation Suicide Squad. Here's what Sony's Rory Bruer had to say about the release date shift in a statement.
"With a fully animated feature close in tone and design to Peyo's original creation, we're embracing everything that has made the Smurfs so special for audiences worldwide. The date is a perfect match for this movie. With the kids on break, every day plays like summer, and for franchises with global appeal like the Smurfs, audiences »
Sony Pictures Animation has set its untitled third Smurfs movie for March 31, 2017 — the first title to be set on that date.
The studio said it plans to take advantage of the run-up to Easter, which falls on April 16 that year.
But the next Smurfs film will be a complete reboot from those live-action/animated hybrids. This time the film will hew closer to creator Peyo’s original drawings and concept. The new take will be directed by Kelly Asbury, whose credits include “Shrek 2″ and “Gnomeo & Juliet.” Jordan Kerner, who produced “The Smurfs” and “Charlotte’s Web,” is producing. Mary Ellen Bauder is co-producing.
Said Asbury in a blog post about the film: “Since this new film has no connection to the previous live-action hybrids, we have a whole new world to create and it is critical »
- Dave McNary
Sony Pictures Animation will release an untitled animated Smurfs movie on March 31, 2017 to take advantage of the family-friendly Easter window, the studio announced Wednesday. Kelly Asbury (“Shrek 2” is directing the film, which marks a brand new take on the beloved blue creatures in the Smurfs franchise, which has grossed over $900 million worldwide. Jordan Kerner (“Charlotte’s Web”) will produce the film, which will be co-produced by Mary Ellen Bauder (“Hotel Transylvania”). Also Read: Sony Pictures Animation Names Kristine Belson President “With a fully animated feature close in tone and design to Peyo’s original creation, we’re embracing everything »
- Jeff Sneider
Madrid — Discovery Italy has acquired rights to family-skewed sitcom “Filly Funtasia,” a comedic coming-of-age fantasy-adventure toon series from Madrid/Barcelona-based Brb Internacional, the production-distribution-licensing company, and Dracco, a Hong Kong headquartered children’s brand creator-distributor.
To be presented at April’s Mip TV trade fair in Cannes, the 3D HD half-hour animated series will be launched by Discovery on its Italian children channel K2 in early 2016, Brb announced.
Written by a large stable of scribes, “Filly Funtasia” turns on tha adventures of Rose and her friends – a group of Fillys, or unicorns, elves, fairies, princesses and witches – at Funtasia’s Royal Academy of Magic. Meanwhile, magician Wranglum and batty sidekick Battiwiggs attempt to purloin the kingdom’s magic.
Developed and produced by Dracco, the Filly brand offers tiny collectible velvet Fillys that have Swarovski Elements Crystals. Before the launch of the toon series, the toys have inspired multiple YouTube amateur videos. »
- John Hopewell
The Smurfs franchise is going to be rebooted, but rather than interspersing animation with live-action footage like its predecessors, it will be dedicating itself to just the former. Further details regarding the future of the film series have also been released, as Sony Pictures Animation looks to get it in shape ahead of its summer 2016 release date. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the rebooted Smurfs film will be overseen by director Kelly Asbury, while Mandy Patinkin is currently on the verge of finalizing a deal to voice Papa Smurf (replacing Jonathan Winters, who voiced the beloved character in 2011.s The Smurfs and 2013.s The Smurfs 2). Asbury is regarded as one of the most prominent and reliable animation directors in the business, having risen through the ranks of the animation world. He previously worked on the storyboards for modern classics like Toy Story and The Little Mermaid, but then he »
More often found these days leading the hunt for terrorists on Homeland, Mandy Pantinkin has agreed to spend some time smurfing the smurfs for smurfs in the role of Papa Smurf as Sony prepares to feed its profitable franchise into the reboot machine for an all-animated new film.Patinkin, who has also been known to grace a stage or two in his time, will take over the Papa Smurf role voiced in the first two live-action/CG blend films by Jonathan Winters, who died in 2013.Shrek 2’s Kelly Asbury is directing the new film, which resets the clock back for a Smurfs origin story and intends to return the small blue characters to their traditional, Peyo-derived look as opposed to the more solid CG versions seen in the 2011 and 2013 films. Not much else is known about the new film other than that Asbury’s fellow DreamWorks veteran (and »
Mandy Patinkin is to be the voice of Papa Smurf in Sony's upcoming animated movie.
The Homeland star is in final negotiations to lend his voice to the reboot, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
The reboot will set out to tell the origin story of the blue creatures, and has a release date of August 5, 2016.
The new film will ditch the CG 'Smurfs in our contemporary world' setting in favor of a fully animated project that sticks closer to the original cartoon and designs by creator Peyo.
The project will also give a new origin story to the Smurfs. Though the wise paternal leader of the creatures, that will not always be the case with this Papa Smurf.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Did you know they're making another Smurfs movie? They are, apparently, and Mandy Patinkin is going to star in it. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Patinkin is voicing Papa Smurf in the 2016 film, which will be a "fully animated" Smurfs origin story directed by Gnomeo and Juliet's Kelly Asbury. He's inheriting the role from Jonathan Winters, who voiced Papa Smurf in both The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2, and died in 2013. Like his new character, Patinkin has a soothing manner, can grow a gigantic beard, and is secretly blue underneath all his clothes. »
- Nate Jones
Sony Pictures Animation has brought on Homeland star Mandy Patinkin to voice Papa Smurf in their Untitled Smurfs Movie. Unlike 2011's The Smurfs and 2013's The Smurfs 2, which were live action/CGI animation hybrids, this Smurfs project will be fully animated, sticking closer to the original designs by creator Peyo. The project will give a new origin story to the Smurfs, and, while Papa Smurf is supposed to be "the wise paternal leader" of these tiny blue creatures, that will not always be the case.
Jonathan Winters voiced Papa Smurf in The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2, with Don Messick voicing the character in the original Smurfs animated TV series. Kelly Asbury (Gnomeo and Juliet, Shrek the Third) is directing from a script by Karey Kirkpatrick (The Secret World of Arrietty, Over The Hedge) and Chris Poche (Over The Hedge). Jordan Kerner is producing with Mary Ellen Bauder serving as co-producer. »
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