Move over Avatar, there’s a new 3-D movie about blue people on the way. But instead of being freakishly tall, these characters are a bit on the short side. That’s right, The Smurfs movie is officially under production, and it is choc-full of comedy greatness.
Sony and Columbia Pictures are producing the duel live-action/animated hybrid movie, which features the voices of comedians George Lopez, Fred Armisen, and Jonathan Winters.
Lopez, who has been enjoying his new gig as host and producer of Lopez Tonight, will voice Grouchy Smurf, who of course is the disgruntled grouch of the Smurf Village. Lopez is a seasoned veteran in the 3-D movie business, with a previous appearance in The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D .
Armisen, who is currently in his eighth season at Saturday Night Live, will be the voice of Brainy Smurf (his glasses must have helped in his audition).
And comedy legend Jonathan Winters will provide the voice of Papa Smurf, who we all know by his red clothes and bushy white beard.
The film takes place in New York City, where production has begun this week. As for the plot, “when the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world and into ours – in fact, smack dab in the middle of Central Park. Just three apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down.” Sounds like fun for the whole family!
Can the Smurfs continue the success of movies about blue things in 3-D? You can find out on Aug. 3, 2011, when the film is scheduled to be released.