Wednesday, June 16, 2010

First Look: The Smurfs

USA Today has published this first official image of The Smurfs, which is filming in New York City. What we see here, is our first look at Grouchy, Papa and Clumsy Smurf, voiced by George Lopez, Jonathan Winters and Anton Yelchin (respectively). The first official trailer for this will hit on Thursday, but in the meantime, this is all we've got. Oh and if you haven't seen the photos of Hank Azaria as Gargamel in New York City, check those out here, they're quite awesome as well. Interestingly, this isn't a exciting of an unveiling as I thought it would be. What do you guys think?

The article explains how Peyo's popular characters come to the Big Apple:

During the opening scene, set in that original time, Gargamel discovers the Smurfs' magical village and scatters them into the woods. "Unfortunately, Clumsy goes the wrong way into a forbidden grotto where a few other Smurfs follow," says director Raja Gosnell (Scooby-Doo). "Because it's a blue moon, there's a magical portal that transports them to Central Park."

Returning home is more complicated as Gargamel pursues them. The trio pictured — along with Smurfette, Brainy and a new character, the brave-to-a-fault Gutsy — take refuge with a husband and wife (Neil Patrick Harris and Glee's Jayma Mays).

Eating the Smurfs was always Gargamel's unfulfilled goal, but that's one idea the filmmakers decided to scrap. "We all wondered whether we would be making a family version of Sweeney Todd," jokes producer Jordan Kerner (Charlotte's Web). Now, Gargamel simply wants to capture the Smurfs to serve as charms, whose mystical essence will make his inept magic more powerful — and dangerous.

The Smurfs hits theaters on August 3, 2011.

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