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The Smurfs Movie Release Pushed Back

14 September 2009 2:04 AM, PDT | | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Sony Pictures has changed the release date of the big-screen adventures of The Smurfs from December 17, 2010, to July 29, 2011, a weekend with much less competition. The original opening weekend would have pitted the little blue guys against Yogi Bear, Tron Legacy, and another Sony film, Seth Rogen's The Green Hornet.

The Smurfs will be directed by Raja Gosnell (Scoobie Doo), with Donald McAlpine (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) acting as director of photography. There is little else known about this project, other than the fact that Sony has announced it will be released in 2-D and 3-D formats. It is still unclear whether The Smurfs will be completely CG-animated or a mixture of live-action and CG animation.

Next Showing: The Smurfs is scheduled to open July 29, 2011

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The Smurfs Movie Delayed Until 2011

13 September 2009 3:23 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

When got a weekend pitting heavyweights like Tron Legacy, The Green Hornet, Yogi Bear and The Smurfs against each other, one is bound to drop out of the race. Sure enough, as reported by Coming Soon, Sony Pictures has decided to move their 3D adaptation of The Smurfs from a December 17th, 2010 release to a summer 2011 date. Sony is considering the July 29th slot in which Papa Smurf and the gang will have no competition. That, of course, is likely to change, but regardless, it was a smart move on Sony.s part to keep the film out of the December 17th free-for-all. Blue clashes with red and green anyway. Other than this new release date, we know very little about the film. Director Raja Gosnell will be taking the little blue guys into a live action setting but no plot details have been revealed. One thing we »

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The Smurfs Moved Back to Summer 2011

13 September 2009 | | See recent news »

As was expected, Sony Pictures has moved the CG-animated The Smurfs away from a December 17, 2010 release, where it would have faced The Green Hornet , Tron Legacy and Yogi Bear . Instead, the studio is eyeing a July 29, 2011 release date for the 3D adaptation of the characters created by Belgian cartoonist Pierre Culliford (Aka Peyo). The film currently has the slot to itself. Marvel Studios' The First Avenger: Captain America is scheduled to be released a week earlier, on July 22, 2011. It was expected, because The Green Hornet is also a Sony release and the studio announced that film was going to be moved to Dec. 17, 2010 just a couple of weeks ago. The Smurfs will be directed by Raja Gosnell. »

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The Smurfs Teaser Poster

3 September 2009 12:00 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Check out the first teaser poster for the upcoming film “The Smurfs” by director Raja Gosnell (Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Scooby-Doo, Home Alone 3) written by J. David Stem (Daddy Day Camp, Shrek 2, The Rugrats Movie) and rumored to be starring John Lithgow (Dexter, Shrek) and Julia Sweeney (The Goode Family, Maybe It’s Me, Beethoven’s 4th). Synopsis: The adventures of a mythical race of little blue creatures in medieval times that must deal with each other and humans, particularly an evil wizard obsessed with capturing them for his own sinister purposes. Stay tuned to for the latest movie news and posters from “The Smurfs”. »

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First Look at ‘The Smurfs’ Movie

1 September 2009 1:29 PM, PDT | The Flickcast | See recent The Flickcast news »

With Hollywood scooping up as many franchises and rebooting them as possible these days, each of us are bound to see our favorite childhood TV show turned into a multi-million dollar film. For fans of The Smurfs, especially all the members of the Official Smurf Fan Club, that dream is finally coming true.

A few months back, Columbia Pictures announced that they were retooling the 1980s cartoon for not only the big screen, but in 3D as well. Now that some time has passed, the first poster has been revealed, showing us what the new-and-improved smurfs will look like, and if anyone has ever collected the Smurf figures, they know what to expect.

The script comes from the team of David N. Weiss and J. David Stern, who penned the script for other family films such as Shrek 2 and The Rugrats Movie. Behind the director’s chair is Raja Gosnell, »

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Tra-la-la-la-La The Smurfs Are On Their Way

1 September 2009 10:05 AM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

I personally have been smurfing The Smurfs feature-film adaptation, officially titled The Smurfs 3-D, since the announcement by Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation back in January of 2008. The first behind-the-scenes rendered images of the CGI Smurfs came out this past December.

The feature-film Smurfs is being smurfed by Raja Gosnell (Scooby Doo, Slither) and the script was smurfed by David Stern and David Weiss (Shrek 2, Shrek 3). Today we have a smurfy look at the first teaser poster for The Smurfs 3-D, then below that some behind the smurf stills with the unfinished wire animation. Take a smurf for yourself:



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The Smurfs, or Les Schtroumpfs as they were called in the Netherlands, have been around since the fantastical mind of Belgian cartoonist Pierre Culliford (or Peyo as he was known) originally thought them up in 1958. In 1981, Hanna & Barbera started producing The Smurfs animated TV series for »

- Paul Young

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Get Your First Look at The Smurfs!

1 September 2009 9:20 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The first image of a CGI Smurf from Sony Pictures Animation's upcoming film The Smurfs has made its way online, courtesy of Pvc Blue. Get your first sneak peek below at the upcoming animated adventure.

Raja Gosnell directs the 3-D and CG-animated film which opens in theaters on December 17, 2010. "The Smurfs" originated in 1958 as a Belgian comic strip from Peyo (Pierre) Culliford. NBC launched Smurfs in 1981, spawning 256 episodes and multiple Emmy awards.


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First Look: A Smurf from The Smurfs Movie

1 September 2009 9:00 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

The first image of a CGI Smurf from Columbia Pictures' upcoming The Smurfs 3D movie has made its way online courtesy of a print ad scanned by Pvc Blue. The Smurf looks exact like how you might imagine a 3D rendering of the little blue guys to look. In fact, it doesn't appear as if Sony's Animation team has tinkered with the iconic design at all. The Smurfs movie will integrate the diminutive Smurfs into a live-action setting and arrive in theaters on December 17, 2010 under the direction of Raja Gosnell. »

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First Picture of a CG Smurf

1 September 2009 7:51 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

We’re still nearly a year and three months away from the release of Raja Gosnell’s feature film adaptation of ‘The Smurfs,’ but, today, we have our first image of one of the little, blue characters.  The picture comes to us today courtesy of Pvc Blue, and, evidently, this was a promo ad Sony ran in a recent magazine.  There’s no frills about it, that’s just a CG-looking Smurf, just as you would expect it to look.

The Smurfs’ comes out on December 17th, 2010.


- Kirk

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First Look at a CGI Smurf!

1 September 2009 | | See recent news »

This first image of a CGI Smurf from Sony Pictures Animation's upcoming Smurfs movie was posted online last night, but we had to take a few more steps to make sure it was the real deal. It turns out that the studio ran the promo image, of which you can find a scan below, in a magazine recently. Opening in theaters on December 17, 2010, the film will be directed by Raja Gosnell. "The Smurfs" were created in 1958 by Belgian cartoonist Pierre Culliford, known throughout the world as Peyo. »

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First look at 3-D Smurfs

31 August 2009 9:00 PM, PDT | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

I have certain expectations for how Smurfs should look, and they aren’t that hard to fulfill. The Smurfs I grew up with featured blue skin, prominent noses, and white hat and leggings, which always seemed like a bad idea considering they spent much of their time tramping around a forest. Oh, and of course they were only about three apples tall.

To your left you can see the new version of a CGI Smurf, courtesy Sony Pictures Animation, which is planning to release a 3-D live action Smurfs movie next year. The studio ran this first teaser in a trade publication and the image was picked up by the website So what’s the verdict? It’s no radical re-invention, which is fine by me. Personally, I think it looks more or less like how a generic Smurf should (some of the little blue guys had traits that set them apart; e. »

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First Look at a CGI Smurf!

31 August 2009 | | See recent news »

Earlier this summer, it was revealed that Sony Pictures Animation's big screen Smurfs feature would be coming to theaters in 3D, and now we can actually show you one of the little fellas! Hitting theaters on December 17, 2010, the film will be directed by Raja Gosnell. "The Smurfs" were created in 1958 by Belgian cartoonist Pierre Culliford, known throughout the world as Peyo. »

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'The Smurfs' Movie Now Casting

14 August 2009 5:35 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

Sony Pictures Animation Inc. and Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., are casting kids for "The Smurfs" feature film, which reportedly will be a hybrid of live-action and animation. »

- Luke Crowe

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #226: Bruno

13 July 2009 10:56 PM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

0:00 - Intro 5:05 - Headlines: Ryan Reynolds is Green Lantern, Raja Gosnell to Direct The Smurfs, Brett Ratner to Produce Hong Kong Phooey Movie, Gary Ross to Rewrite Spider-Man 4, George Clooney Might Be Jack Ryan, Val Kilmer and Ryan Phillippe Join MacGruber Movie, Jeremy Garelick to Direct Baywatch Comedy, Second Cut of Bruno Re-Released in the U.K. 18:40 - Review: Bruno 41:25 - Trailer Trash: District 9, Big Fan 51:50 - Versus: Michael Bay vs Roland Emmerich 59:05 - Other Stuff We Watched: Ufc 100, Long Weekend, Street Law, The Machinist, The Sixth Sense, This American Life: Season 2, (500) Days of Summer, Entourage 1:14:35 - Junk Mail: Shitting in a Sandstorm, The Films of James Cameron, Magnolia, Best Documentary Villains, Watchmen Blu-ray Commentary and Favourite DVD Commentaries 1:33:20 - This Week's DVD Releases 1:39:35 - Outro » Download the MP3 (46 Mb) [1] » View the show notes »

- Sean

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Brett Ratner to Produce Hong Kong Phooey Movie

13 July 2009 8:05 AM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

With Raja Gosnell [1] set to direct The Smurfs, a direct-to-dvd Scooby-Doo prequel [2] on the way, and Robert Rodriguez still possibly doing a Jetsons movie, it was only a matter of time before someone else decided to jump on the Hanna-Barbera bandwagon. It appears that person is none other than Brett Ratner... let the ranting begin! According to Variety [3], Ratner will be producing a live-action/CG hybrid feature film based on the '70s animated series Hong Kong Phooey. For those who are too young to remember it (or for those who need their memories refreshed), the show revolves around a talking dog named Penrod Pooch who works as a police station janitor. When he hears about a crime in progress, he runs into a filing cabinet and transforms into Hong Kong Phooey, a superhero with mystical kung fu powers. The main character was voiced by Scatman Crothers. The upcoming movie »

- Sean

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Raja Gosnell To Direct The Smurfs

9 July 2009 9:04 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Raja Gosnell will direct The Smurfs, a live-action/animation hybrid for Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation.Now, this news broke yesterday, and we know that we should have reported it then. But frankly the idea of Gosnell, the director responsible for witless, lifeless horror shows like Home Alone 3, both Scooby-Doo movies and Beverly Hills frickin’ Chihuahua, calling the shots on a live-action/animated movie about a bunch of blue midgets with squeaky voices was so terrifying that we shut our eyes and hoped it would go away.But when we opened them this morning, it was still there, and we realised with mounting terror that Gosnell is poised to strike again. There’s even a script in place, with Audrey Wells polishing the previous effort, by Davids Stem and Weiss, while Jordan Kerner will produce the movie."With Raja coming aboard, we now have a brilliant director who »

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Gosnell to Direct 'Smurfs'

9 July 2009 2:15 PM, PDT | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

It's been a while since Papa Smurf, Smurfette, or Gargamel have acted in front of a camera. Luckily, Columbia Pictures and Sony Animation have chosen a veteran live action/animation director for their big comeback.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Raja Gosnell, best known for directing Scooby-Doo and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, has signed on to direct the upcoming Smurfs movie. Like the 'Scooby-Doo' franchise, as well as Gosnell's recent Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Smurfs will feature live actors interacting with photorealistic, talking creatures (in this case, little blue men and women).

Given his pedigree, Gosnell seems like a natural fit to go with screenwriters J. David Stern and David N. Weiss (Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third), and Audrey Wells (whose screenplay for George of the Jungle, coincidentally, featured a talking ape named Ape). Previous reports linked special effects specialist Colin Brady to the film.

Producer Jordan Kerner spoke enthusiastically about Gosnell, »

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Scooby-Doo Director to Tackle Smurfs

9 July 2009 9:22 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Columbia Pictures and Sony Animation have found their man to direct the diminutive Smurfs in their first feature film and he is no stranger to blending CGI creations with live actors and environments. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Raja Gosnell is the man chosen for the Smurf job. He is responsible for directing Scooby Doo!,Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, and Beverly Hills Chihuahua, should feel right at home ordering around his actors to act against invisible little blue people. Producer Jordan Kerner confirmed the number of Smurf heroes in welcoming Raja to the team, "Our three-apple-high heroes are in good hands, and we feel absolutely positively Smurfy to be working with him." Those three heroes would be Papa Smurf, Smurfette, and...? Sorry, I'm not up on my Smurf rosters. It has been a long time. The Smurfs movie is locked into a December 17, 2010 release in 2D and 3D versions. »

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New Smurfs Movie Director Not a Surprising Choice

9 July 2009 9:21 AM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

Looks like that Smurfs movie is finally going to see the light of day after all. There has been concept art [1] and a logo [2] floating around for a while now, but what the project didn't have was an actual director. At one point, Colin Brady (Everyone's Hero) was attached, but he later parted ways in favour of some movie called The Legend of Santa Claus. (Strange, considering he was also supposed to direct Astro Boy and left that for The Smurfs.) At any rate, it appears that Columbia has now finally found the appropriate helmsman in Raja Gosnell. Who is Raja Gosnell? Why, only the visionary director responsible for such films as Scooby-Doo, Big Momma's House and Beverly Hills Chihuahua! Hey, at least they're not misleading us with regards to the kind of movie we can expect from The Smurfs. It's going to be a combination of CG and live-action, »

- Sean

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Beverly Hills Chihuahua Boss Lands Smurfs Movie

9 July 2009 1:26 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Raja Gosnell, the man who let the dogs out in hit 2008 movie Beverly Hills Chihuahua, has been given the job of revamping Belgium's biggest toy export, The Smurfs.

Gosnell will direct the upcoming live-action/animated movie, Smurfs, which is set to hit cinemas over Christmas 2010.

The little blue characters sparked a worldwide collecting trend in the early 1980s after cartoons based on the Pierre Culliford creations became a big hit on TV.

The Smurfs also enjoyed chart success with their human leader Father Abraham.

Belgian cartoonist Culliford, aka Peyo, created The Smurfs in the late 1950s. »

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