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(2011)

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Gutsy Smurf, Crazy Smurf, and Narrator Smurf are the newest Smurfs to appear, since the death of "Smurfs" Creator Pierre "Peyo" Culliford in 1992.
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The filmmakers cast Katy Perry without knowing it was her: "They had done a blind test where they took certain voices from previous interviews and matched them with the character. They liked my voice without even knowing who it was, and when they found out it was me, they thought that would work out. My personality was just a plus!"
Katy Perry, who voices Smurfette in this film and The Smurfs 2 (2013), wasn't allowed to watch the original The Smurfs (1981) series as a child. Her parents were highly conservative pastors, and didn't consider it to be good for their children.
To prepare for his role as Grouchy Smurf, George Lopez did not drink coffee, made sure he had bad breath, and picked the busiest time to get to the studio.
According to Belgian cartoonist Peyo (Pierre Culliford), the Smurfs never take off their caps. However, they do so in the movie, by using them as parachutes when jumping down from an apartment balcony. Relatives of Peyo demanded that for that scene, the Smurfs are seen only from above or below.
During filming, each Smurf was represented by a different colored dot on the set, and actors and actresses had to remember which dot was which Smurf.
According to the Sony Pictures Imageworks animators, the Smurfs are seven and a half inches. This height was decided upon after numerous tests: any larger, they would no longer appear as the lovable creatures, for which they are known; any smaller, it would be difficult for them to relate to real-world objects and people.
Two hundred sixty-eight Sony Pictures Imageworks employees spent around three hundred fifty-eight thousand hours animating the Smurfs.
Alyson Hannigan was considered for the role of Grace.
The town of Júzcar (Malaga, Spain), one of the "White Towns of Andalusia", was chosen by Sony as the place of worldwide release for the film. For the occasion, all the white houses and buildings were painted blue and stayed that color until the end of summer 2011.
Gargamel's Smurfalator took three months to build, due to its components having to be sourced from garage sales, flea markets, eBay and Craigslist.
Each of the two times the Smurfs ride on top of a cab, there is an advertisement for something "blue". The first time it is for the Blue Man Group, and the second time for Blu-ray.
Quentin Tarantino was approached to voice Brainy Smurf, but turned it down.
The Sony Pictures Imageworks animators studied human skin and coloration in developing the textual quality of Smurf skin, so the Smurfs would not seem "alien" in a live-action setting.
WILHELM SCREAM: When all the Smurfs are being thrown around by Gargamel's magic.
The first scene in the film is a pan over a medieval land to the Smurf village, featuring Smurfs riding storks. This is an homage to the opening credits of The Smurfs (1981), which featured the same shots.
Smurfette (Katy Perry) says "I kissed a Smurf and I liked it", a reference to Perry's first hit single, "I Kissed a Girl".
Anton Yelchin, who voices Clumsy Smurf, described his role as a little sweeter than in the original cartoon: "Clumsy isn't trying to mess anything up for anybody, he's just clumsy, and actually, he's tired of being clumsy."
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Hank Azaria is the third actor to play Gargamel. Paul Winchell voiced Gargamel until the last season (1989-1990) of The Smurfs (1981), and Michael Bell took his place after Winchell allegedly walked out of his role, due to issues with the season nine scripts.
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Filming came to a temporary stop in May 2010, after a worker fell thirty feet from a set, while shooting at the F.A.O. Schwartz toy store in New York City.
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There is a Smurf named "Panicky", that was supposed to appear in the film, and was even give a voice actor, Adam Wylie, but he was only mentioned by Gutsy in dialogue. However, he does appear in merchandise sold by McDonald's. Wylie voices the character in the sequel.
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Out of the one hundred one smurfs, only twenty-one are mentioned by name (in that order): Farmer, Greedy, Handy, Clumsy, Baker, Narrator, Chef, Jokey, Grouchy, Gutsy, Papa, Smurfette, Crazy, Brainy, Panicky, Hefty, Painter, Harmony, Complimentary, Passive-Aggressive, and Vanity (the last one is named only in the credits, though).
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The film released on the 30th Anniversary of The Smurfs (1981). In an homage to this, when Gargamel runs into a taxi, Gutsy says he's had it coming for thirty years.
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From the voice actors in this film, Jonathan Winters (Papa Smurf) and Frank Welker (Azrael) had appeared in The Smurfs (1981). Winters had voiced Grandpa Smurf, and Welker had voiced Hefty, Poet, Clockwork, and Wild Smurf.
To prepare for the role of Gargamel, Hank Azaria donned a prosthetic nose, ears, buck teeth, eyebrows and a wig (he had to shave his head to accommodate the wig). He wore the wig when he came into recording episodes of The Simpsons (1989)'s twenty-second season during recording breaks on this movie.
This film represents the first time the Smurfs are depicted with blue eyes.
The Smurfs originally started out as a comic book, by Pierre "Peyo" Culliford. In an homage of this, a "Smurfs" comic book plays a pivotal role in the film. The book that the Smurfs find at Mr. Wong's Magical Emporium, "L'Histoire des Schtroumpfs", includes artwork by Pierre "Peyo" Culliford from his stories, "The Smurf's Apprentice", "The Fake Smurf", and "The Hundredth Smurf".
Wallace Shawn and John Lithgow were considered for the role of Gargamel.
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Producer Jordan Kerner had been wanting to make a film adaptation of The Smurfs since 1997, and obtained the rights in 2002, after Pierre "Peyo" Culliford's heirs were impressed with a draft of Kerner's adaptation, Charlotte's Web (2006).
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For the first time in Smurfs history, Brainy Smurf is depicted with freckles. He is not, however, the first Smurf with freckles, as the comic version of Sassette has freckles. The Smurfs (1981) cartoon version (in which she made her debut) did not.
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The height of most Smurfs is commonly described as "haut comme trois pommes", a French idiom which directly translated reads "three apples high". Contrary to popular belief, this phrase was never a precise scientific measurement. It only means that something is really small, and an English equivalent would be "knee-high to a puppy".
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Painter and Tailor Smurf are the only named Smurfs who appear in the film without speaking lines.
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A blue moon is an extra full moon that appears in a month (ie the second full moon in a month, when normally full moons occur only once a month). The phrase has nothing to do with the actual color of the moon, although the moon appearing with a tinge of blue may occur in certain atmospheric conditions (from volcanic eruptions or exceptionally large fires, which leave particles in the atmosphere).
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At some point in the film, Gutsy, Smurfette, and Gargamel all make homages to another movie character their character resembles: Gutsy, the Scottish Smurf, yells "Freedom!" like William Wallace does in Braveheart (1995). When Smurfette shows the other Smurfs her new dress, it is blown upwards like Marilyn Monroe's in The Seven Year Itch (1955), while Smurfette tries to hold it down. Gargamel, being a wizard, is linked to the character Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), as he spots a moth and asks it to bring him eagles to rescue him like the way Gandalf escapes his imprisonment from Saruman.
The building, in which Patrick (Neil Patrick Harris) and Grace (Jayma Mays) live, is called McKinley, which is the same name as the school, at which Jayma Mays' character taught, in Glee (2009).
An exact replica of the Belvedere Castle was built for the film, that was two-thirds the size of the real thing.
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At one point, Kevin James was rumored to be the voice of Hefty.
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The box, in which the Smurfs hide, has "Belgium" as the country of sender. Belgium is the native country of "Smurfs" Creator Pierre "Peyo" Culliford.
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This is the third Raja Gosnell film that is a live-action adaptation of a William Hanna and Joseph Barbara animated series. The first two were Scooby-Doo (2002) and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004).
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To promote the film, Neil Patrick Harris and his animated cohorts hosted Nickelodeon's "Smurf Tastic Saturday Morning" on July 16, 2011 during episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants (1999).
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Jordan Kerner was Dean of the School of Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (U.N.C.S.A.). Nearly eighty U.N.C.S.A. film students interned on the film during its various stages of production.
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According to the Sony Pictures Imageworks animators, the Smurfs in the film can run up to ten feet per second, and have a vertical leap of four to twelve inches.
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One of the co-Producers of this film is Véronique Culliford, the daughter of Pierre "Peyo" Culliford. She is the President and founder of I.M.P.S. (International Merchandising Promotion & Services) which is responsible for the licensing and promotion of "The Smurfs" intellectual property.
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The depictions of Farmer Smurf (green overalls and straw hat) and Handy Smurf (blue overalls and a red pencil held on one of his ears) are based on their comic versions since the 1990s. However, unlike the comic depiction, Farmer does not wear wooden shoes (called clogs), but green trousers that cover his feet.
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Hank Azaria and Anton Yelchin, who played adversaries Gargamel and Clumsy Smurf, played father and son in Huff (2004).
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Hank Azaria's second film of 2011, where he played a villain, following Hop (2011), which was also a live-action and CGI hybrid film.
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Gusty, Crazy, and Narrator Smurf were not in The Smurfs (1981), and created newly for the live-action films.
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The film was initially set up at Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies, where it was planned as a fully animated film, which would have been the first of a trilogy. The project switched to Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation in June 2008.
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This is the third blue-skinned character Alan Cumming has portrayed. The first was the mutant Kurt Wagner (Nightcrawler) in X2: X-Men United (2003), and the second was the alien Judas Caretaker in Riverworld (2010).
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The Smurfs (along with Gargamel and Azrael) travel from medieval times to modern times. This is based on The Smurfs (1981)'s ninth season, where the Smurfs would travel in time to different eras. The main time-travellers in both this film and that season are Papa Smurf, Smurfette, Brainy Smurf, Clumsy Smurf, and Grouchy Smurf.
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When Patrick googles "Smurf", the search results include links to a Wikipedia article, "Myths - Smurfs" at www.uncommonmyths.com, "Build Your Own Smurf Trap" at www.craftsfamily.com, "The Blue Smurf - a Belgian pub" at www.thebluesmurf.com, and "Smurf Clip Art" at www.clipartgalore.com. The sidebar ads say "Belgian Eats - NYC" and "Feeling Blue?" With the exception of Wikipedia, all of these sites are fictional, and their domain names aren't even registered to anyone.
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UNICEF makes an appearance in New York City. In 2005, UNICEF had used The Smurfs (1981) for a Belgian advertisement about child soldiers in Burundi (Burundi was a former Beligan colony).
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Patrick uses a Sony laptop. Sony is one of the companies that made the movie.
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Christopher Lloyd was considered for the role of Gargamel.
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Not counting sequels, this is the fourth live-action film based on a Hanna Barbera cartoon, after The Flintstones (1994), Scooby-Doo (2002), and Yogi Bear (2010).
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Gutsy mistakes someone dressed as the Statue of Liberty for a green goblin. This is a reference to the Green Goblin, an enemy of Spider-Man. Columbia Pictures produced live-action adaptations of Spider-Man and the Smurfs.
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John Oliver (Vanity Smurf) and George Lopez (Grouchy Smurf) have their birthdays on the same day, April 23.
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Sony Pictures Animation's fourth theatrical feature film, since the sequels to Open Season (2006) were simply released Straight-to-DVD.
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This is Sony Pictures Animation's first live-action and animated hybrid film.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Patrick and Grace Winslow named their baby "Blue" in honor of the Smurfs. This is the second film of 2011 to have a character with that name, after Rio (2011), which also stars 'George Lopez'.
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