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CGI Smurf movie coming in July 2011

Comedian Jonathan Winters has signed to voice the Papa Smurf character for an upcoming CGI adaption to the 1958 Belgian comic strip turned 1980’s NBC cartoon, “The Smurfs.” Not much has been revealed about the movie other than it will be directed by Raja Gosnell and released through Columbia Pictures.

Ropes of Silicon has sample photos of the production work.

Community Comments

#1 John Lotshaw
February/11/2010
@ 10:05 am

Unfortunately for them, James Cameron has already made a CGI movie about smurfs…

#2 Jeff Pert
February/11/2010
@ 11:33 am

OK, this time, I really AM going to shoot myself.

#3 Norm Feuti
February/11/2010
@ 12:55 pm

Because Hollywood will not rest until every crappy 80s cartoon has been made into a movie.

#4 Stacy Curtis
February/11/2010
@ 1:05 pm

I CANNOT believe you just called The Smurfs crappy.

#5 Stephen Beals
February/11/2010
@ 1:08 pm

Good one, John!

I’ve always blamed the Smurfs for getting out of animation. That show was number one throughout college.

#6 Mike Peterson
February/11/2010
@ 1:09 pm

I’m waiting for them to make a film of the New Zoo Review, using cgi for Henrietta, Charley and Freddy.

(And I’m sure Norm misspelled “scrappy.”)

#7 Lucas Turnbloom
February/11/2010
@ 1:51 pm

To heck with the Smurfs, I’m holding my breath for the Mon-chi-chi movie. Come on, Michael Bay. Come on…

#8 Norm Feuti
February/11/2010
@ 2:00 pm

@Stacy

You’re right. I should have called them Smurfy. I’m sure it will be a Smurfy movie too.

Smurfin’ Smurfs. They can all Smurf my Smurf!

#9 Jesse Cline
February/11/2010
@ 2:06 pm

I’m still waiting for the high budget, CGI re-boot/origin tale of the Care Bears.

We will finally see what made Grumpy Bear so…grumpy.

#10 Brian Powers
February/11/2010
@ 2:27 pm

I thought Jonathan Winters was dead. Glad to hear he is still kicking. Buddy Hackett is dead. I know that for certain.

#11 Mike Cope
February/11/2010
@ 2:41 pm

Perhaps this film will explain why 99.99999% of all Smurfs are male.

#12 Craig Crumpton
February/11/2010
@ 4:24 pm

May I inquire on the source which states that Winters “has signed” to voice Papa Smurf?

UGO.com is the original source of this news, as far as I have been able to determine, and even they don’t reveal their own “well placed source.” So until this has been officially confirmed and announced, it is simply a rumor.

#13 Stacy Curtis
February/11/2010
@ 4:28 pm

There are 105 Smurfs, total, with only three female Smurfs: Smurfette, Sassette and Granny Smurf.

There were no female Smurfs until the animated cartoon series in the 1980’s. So, for 30 years or so, it was an all-male community.

#14 Shane Davis
February/11/2010
@ 5:15 pm

“There are 105 Smurfs, total, with only three female Smurfs: Smurfette, Sassette and Granny Smurf.

There were no female Smurfs until the animated cartoon series in the 1980?s. So, for 30 years or so, it was an all-male community”

Stacy, I actually wrote a paper in college on that years ago (it was intended to be tongue in cheek) ripping the Smurfs as a socialist propaganda tool aimed at destroying tradional values in American children.

I remember arguing that Papa Smurf wore red (the Lenin totem), that they actually lived in a commune to try to demonstrate the ‘folly’ of capitalism, and they attacked the family unit by portraying several, several males to only one female…and with a baby! That could only mean blue orgy’s every night! I think I tried to say Gargamel (sp?) was intended as the symbol of evil western capitalism with his magic (military and consumer technology) and that he was the muscle of the bourgeoisie. I had a lot of fun writing that!

Anyway, your comment just reminded me of that paper, and I had to laugh.

I got an “A” on that paper by the way….

#15 Charles Brubaker
February/11/2010
@ 6:33 pm

Actually, Smurfette first appeared in 1966, but she was only a one-off character who appeared in one story. It wasn’t until the animated series that she became part of the main characters.

In the comics, she was created by Gargamel as a way to lure the other Smurfs into his way. But she was troubled by how the other Smurfs acted in her presence, so she ran off to the forest, never to be seen again except for occasional appearances here and there.

#16 Mike Peterson
February/11/2010
@ 9:39 pm

“I got an ?A? on that paper by the way?. ”

Up until now, I had discounted the idea that you could blame the woes of the world on the permissiveness of liberal college professors!

#17 Shane Davis
February/11/2010
@ 9:52 pm

Up until now, I had discounted the idea that you could blame the woes of the world on the permissiveness of liberal college professors!

If college isn’t for having fun, what in tarnation is it for?

Oh, that.
Well, I learned real good, too.

#18 Henry Clausner
February/12/2010
@ 8:03 am

Member of the Jonathan Winters fan club right here….!

#19 Tom Heintjes
February/12/2010
@ 8:55 am

I hope none of the Smurfs tries to leave for a solo career. It would really mess up their dynamic.

I always dug Smurfette’s high heels…hot stuff.

#20 Jason Nocera
February/12/2010
@ 10:10 am

Interesting. I hope it does well so we see a Snorks movie!

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