The Smurfs (film series)

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The Smurfs
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Creator Peyo
Original work The Smurfs
Films and television
Films
Short films

The Smurfs is a live-action/computer-animated film franchise loosely based on The Smurfs comic book series created by the Belgian comics artist Peyo and the 1980s animated TV series it spawned. It was produced by Sony Pictures Animation and released by Columbia Pictures. Live-action roles include Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays, while the voice-over roles include Anton Yelchin, Jonathan Winters, Katy Perry, and George Lopez.

Films[edit]

Original live-action/animated duology[edit]

The Smurfs (2011)[edit]

Main article: The Smurfs (film)

The Smurfs is a 2011 live-action/computer-animated comedy film and the first film in the series, and is directed by Raja Gosnell. In their race to escape the malevolent wizard Gargamel, the little blue forest dwellers find themselves suddenly transported to Central Park. Now stuck in a world populated by towering giants, the Smurfs must find a way to elude Gargamel, and find a way back to the village they call home.

The Smurfs 2 (2013)[edit]

Main article: The Smurfs 2

A sequel titled The Smurfs 2 was released on July 31, 2013.[1] Director Raja Gosnell and producer Jordan Kerner had returned, along with all the main cast. New cast includes Christina Ricci, J. B. Smoove and Brendan Gleeson. In the sequel, Gargamel creates a couple of evil Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties to harness the magical Smurf-essence. When he discovers that only a real Smurf can give him what he wants and that only Smurfette can turn the Naughties into the real Smurfs, Gargamel kidnaps her and takes her to Paris. Papa, Clumsy, Grouchy, and Vanity return to the human world and seek the help from their friends Patrick and Grace Winslow to rescue Smurfette from Gargamel. It was Jonathan Winters' final film after his death on April 11, 2013.[2]

Animated film[edit]

Get Smurfy (2017)[edit]

On May 10, 2012, just two weeks after production of The Smurfs 2 was announced, Sony Pictures Animation and Columbia Pictures were already developing a script for The Smurfs 3, with scribes Karey Kirkpatrick and Chris Poche.[3] Hank Azaria, who played the live-action Gargamel, revealed that the third film "might actually deal with the genuine origin of how all these characters ran into each other way back when."[4] Unlike the first two live action/computer-animated hybrid films, the third film will be entirely computer-animated, and will neither be a sequel or prequel.[5]

In March 2014, it was revealed that Kelly Asbury was hired to direct the film.[5] Exploring the origins of Smurfs, the comedy-adventure will feature a new take on the characters, with designs and environments more closely following the artwork created by Peyo.[5] The film was initially set to be released on August 14, 2015,[6] but in May 2014, the film's release date was pushed back to August 5, 2016.[7] In January 2015, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Mandy Patinkin was in final negotiations to voice Papa Smurf in the film.[8] Two months later, the release date had been pushed back to March 31, 2017, in order to have enough time to work on "a story that was not fully in the place," and take advantage of the Easter weekend.[9] On June 14, 2015, Sony Pictures Animation revealed Get Smurfy as title of the film. In addition to Patinkin, Demi Lovato has been cast as Smurfette, and Rainn Wilson as Gargamel.[10]

Short films[edit]

The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol[edit]

A television special, titled The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol was released on DVD on December 2, 2011, attached to The Smurfs.[11]

The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow[edit]

The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow is a 22-minute animated Halloween television special, based on the Washington Irving's short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.[12] It premiered on June 11, 2013 at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival,[13][14] and was released on DVD on September 10, 2013,[15] followed by a TV premiere in October.[16] It was directed by Stephan Franck,[14] and it features the voices of Alan Cumming, Fred Armisen, Anton Yelchin and Hank Azaria.[12] Like the first special, The Legend of Smurfy Hollow combines computer-generated animation and traditionally hand-drawn animation,[13] with the latter provided by Duck Studios.[17][18]

Cast and characters[edit]

For a full list, see List of The Smurfs characters.
Character Feature films Short films
The Smurfs
(2011)
The Smurfs 2
(2013)
Get Smurfy
(2017)
The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol
(2011)
The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow
(2013)
Humans
Gargamel Hank Azaria Rainn Wilson Hank Azaria
Patrick Winslow Neil Patrick Harris
Grace Winslow Jayma Mays
Odile Anjelou Sofía Vergara
Henri Tim Gunn
Victor Doyle Brendan Gleeson
Blue Winslow Nicholas Martorell, Jr. (photograph only) Jacob Tremblay
Nancy O'Dell Nancy O'Dell
Smurfs
Papa Smurf Jonathan Winters Mandy Patinkin Jack Angel
Smurfette Katy Perry Demi Lovato Melissa Sturm
Brainy Smurf Fred Armisen N/A Fred Armisen
Gutsy Smurf Alan Cumming N/A Alan Cumming
Clumsy Smurf Anton Yelchin N/A Anton Yelchin
Grouchy Smurf George Lopez N/A George Lopez
Handy Smurf Jeff Foxworthy N/A
Jokey Smurf Paul Reubens N/A
Hefty Smurf Gary Basaraba N/A Gary Basaraba
Vanity Smurf John Oliver N/A John Oliver
Greedy Smurf Kenan Thompson N/A
Baker Smurf B. J. Novak N/A
Farmer Smurf Joel McCrary N/A
Chef Smurf Wolfgang Puck N/A
Crazy Smurf John Kassir N/A
Narrator Smurf Tom Kane N/A Tom Kane
Social Smurf Mario Lopez N/A
Passive Aggressive Smurf Jimmy Kimmel N/A
Smooth Smurf Shaquille O'Neal N/A
Clueless Smurf Shaun White N/A
Panicky Smurf Adam Wylie N/A Adam Wylie
Party Planner Smurf Kevin Lee N/A
Vexy Christina Ricci N/A (Silent cameo)
Hackus J. B. Smoove N/A (Silent cameo
Animals
Azrael Frank Welker N/A Frank Welker
Note: A gray cell indicates the character did not appear in that medium.

Reception[edit]

For more details on the reception of each film, see the "Reception" section on each film's article.

Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Box office gross Box office ranking Budget Ref(s)
North America Other territories Worldwide All time
North America
All time
worldwide
The Smurfs July 29, 2011 (2011-07-29) $142,614,158 $421,135,165 $563,749,323 #279 #93 $110,000,000 [19]
The Smurfs 2 July 31, 2013 (2013-07-31) $71,017,784 $276,416,394 $347,434,178 #887 #243 $105,000,000 [20]
Get Smurfy March 31, 2017 (2017-03-31) [21]
Total $213,631,942 $697,551,559 $911,183,501 $215,000,000 [22]
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Critical and public response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
The Smurfs 22% (116 reviews)[23] 30 (22 reviews)[24] A-[25]
The Smurfs 2 14% (87 reviews)[26] 34 (30 reviews)[27] A-[25]
Get Smurfy
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References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Production Begins on The Smurfs 2". ComingSoon.net. April 26, 2012. Retrieved April 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ Sneider, Jeff (April 26, 2012). "Sony already smurfing Smurfs 3". Variety. Retrieved May 10, 2012. 
  4. ^ Nemiroff, Perri (July 14, 2013). "Exclusive: The Smurfs 3 Will Include an Origin Story". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved July 15, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Sony Pictures Animation (March 12, 2014). "Sony Pictures Animation Unveils Updated Production Slate" (Press release). PR Newswire. Retrieved March 12, 2014. 
  6. ^ Chitwood, Adam (October 5, 2013). "FAULT IN OUR STARS Set for June 6, 2014; THE MAZE RUNNER Pushed to September 19, 2014; SMURFS 3 and THE BOOK THIEF Moved". Collider.com. Retrieved March 12, 2014. 
  7. ^ "A Sony Switcheroo: 'Smurfs' Reboot Pushed To 2016, 'Goosebumps' Moved Up To Summer 2015". Deadline.com. 2014-05-01. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  8. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (January 16, 2015). "'Homeland' Star to Voice Papa Smurf in Animated Movie (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 7, 2015. 
  9. ^ Paxton-Gillilan, Rachel (March 26, 2015). "Smurfs Reboot Pushed to March 2017". IGN. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  10. ^ Lowe, Kinsey (June 14, 2015). "‘Get Smurfy’ Unveiled: Demi Lovato Joins As Smurfette, Rainn Wilson As Gargamel". Deadline. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  11. ^ Katz, Josh (September 21, 2011). "The Smurfs Blu-ray". Blu-ray.com. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b Bowles, Scott (August 4, 2013). "Smurfs to get DVD 'mini-movie' next month". USA Today. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b Hill, Jim (April 17, 2013). "Sony Pictures Animation: Reinventing How Toons Are Made". Huffington Post. Retrieved April 18, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b "The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow". Annecy. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  15. ^ "The World's Most Beloved Little Blue Creatures Will Embark on a New Spooky Adventure this Fall...". PRNewswire. August 6, 2013. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
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  27. ^ "The Smurfs 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 

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