Smurfs: The Lost Village
Smurfs The Lost Village poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Kelly Asbury
Produced by Jordan Kerner
Mary Ellen Bauder Andrews[1]
Written by
Based on The Smurfs
by Peyo
Starring
Music by Christopher Lennertz[2]
Edited by Bret Marnell
Production
company
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • April 7, 2017 (2017-04-07) (United States)
Running time
90 minutes[3]
Country United States
Language English

Smurfs: The Lost Village is an upcoming 2017 American 3D computer-animated adventure-comedy film produced by Sony Pictures Animation and animated by Sony Pictures Imageworks.[1] It is based on The Smurfs comic book series created by the Belgian comics artist Peyo and is a reboot film, unrelated to Sony's previous live-action/animated films. Written by Stacey Harman and Pamela Ribon, it is being directed by Kelly Asbury.[1]

The film stars Demi Lovato as Smurfette, Mandy Patinkin as Papa Smurf, Joe Manganiello as Hefty Smurf, Jack McBrayer as Clumsy Smurf, Danny Pudi as Brainy Smurf, and Rainn Wilson as Gargamel. In the story, a mysterious map prompts Smurfette, Brainy, Clumsy, and Hefty to find a lost village, inhabited by SmurfStorm (voiced by Michelle Rodriguez), SmurfBlossom (Ellie Kemper), SmurfLily, (Ariel Winter) SmurfWillow (Julia Roberts), and many more, before Gargamel does.[1] The film is set for an April 7, 2017 release.

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PremiseEdit

Smurfette attempts to find her purpose in the village. When she encounters a creature similar to her in the Forbidden Forest who drops a mysterious map, she sets off with her best friends Brainy, Clumsy, and Hefty to find the Lost Village before the evil wizard, Gargamel, does.

Voice castEdit

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

 
Director Kelly Asbury with Peyo's daughter, Véronique Culliford

On May 10, 2012, just two weeks after they announced production of The Smurfs 2, Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation were already developing a script for The Smurfs 3 with scribes Karey Kirkpatrick and Chris Poche.[9] Hank Azaria, who played Gargamel in the first two films, revealed that the third film "might actually deal with the genuine origin of how all these characters ran into each other way back when."[10] Unlike the first two live action/computer-animated hybrid films, the third film will be entirely computer-animated and won't be a sequel.[11]

In March 2014, it was revealed that Kelly Asbury was hired to direct the film.[11] Exploring the origins of the Smurfs, the comedy-adventure will feature a new take on the characters, with designs and environments more closely following the artwork created by Peyo.[11]

The film is produced by Jordan Kerner and co-produced by Mary Ellen Bauder, while Asbury was confirmed to direct.[6] On June 14, 2015, Sony Pictures Animation revealed Get Smurfy as the title of the film, along with a first look at the film.[4][12] It was later retitled Smurfs: The Lost Village.[13]

CastingEdit

On January 16, 2015, Mandy Patinkin was added to the cast of the animated adventure film to voice Papa Smurf, who was previously voiced by Jonathan Winters in the live-action/CGI films.[6] On June 14, 2015, Demi Lovato was revealed as the voice of Smurfette, and Rainn Wilson as Gargamel.[4]

MusicEdit

In October 2016, it was confirmed that Christopher Lennertz will be composing the score for the film.[2]

In December 2016, it was reported that singer Meghan Trainor had recorded a song for the film titled "I'm a Lady", which was released as a single.[14]

ReleaseEdit

The film was initially set for release on August 14, 2015,[15] but on May 1, 2014, the reboot film's release date was pushed back to August 5, 2016.[16] In March 2015, the release date was again pushed back to March 31, 2017.[17] In March 2016, the release date was pushed back to April 7, 2017.[18] On September 21, 2016, the teaser trailer was released.[19][20]

ReceptionEdit

Critical responseEdit

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 40% based on 5 reviews with an average rating of 3/10.[21]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Milligan, Mercedes (January 18, 2017). "Sony Pictures Animation Reveals Slate through 2018". Animation Magazine. Retrieved January 22, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Christopher Lennertz to score Smurfs: The Lost Village". filmmusicreporter.com. Retrieved October 11, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Smurfs: The Lost Village [2D] (U)". British Board of Film Classification. February 23, 2017. Retrieved March 11, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d Lowe, Kinsey (June 14, 2015). "'Get Smurfy' Unveiled: Demi Lovato Joins As Smurfette, Rainn Wilson As Gargamel". Deadline. Retrieved September 5, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c Milligan, Mercedes (February 12, 2016). "New 'Smurfs: The Lost Village' Cast Revealed". Animation Magazine. Retrieved April 16, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c Kit, Borys; Siegel, Tatiana (January 16, 2015). "'Homeland' Star to Voice Papa Smurf in Animated Movie". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 17, 2015. 
  7. ^ Brandle, Lars (February 24, 2017). "Meghan Trainor Brings Back Girl Power for 'Smurfs' Song 'I'm a Lady': Listen". Billboard. Retrieved February 24, 2017. 
  8. ^ Busch, Anita (November 17, 2016). "Gabriel Iglesias Joins 'Ferdinand' & 'Smurfs' Voice Casts As He Readies Comedy Tour". Deadline. Retrieved January 22, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Sony already smurfing Smurfs 3". Variety.com. April 26, 2012. Retrieved January 17, 2015. 
  10. ^ Nemiroff, Perri (July 14, 2013). "Exclusive: The Smurfs 3 Will Include an Origin Story". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved January 17, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b c Sony Pictures Animation (March 12, 2014). "Sony Pictures Animation Unveils Updated Production Slate" (Press release). PR Newswire. Retrieved January 17, 2015. 
  12. ^ "'Get Smurfy': First Look at Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson-Voiced Film". hollywoodreporter.com. June 14, 2015. Retrieved September 5, 2015. 
  13. ^ Alexander, Bryan (February 12, 2016). "Sneak peek: Joe Manganiello, Jack McBrayer are new blue crew in 'Smurfs'". USA Today. Retrieved February 14, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Meghan Trainor Writes "I'm a Lady" for 'Smurfs: The Lost Village'". December 5, 2016. Retrieved December 9, 2016. 
  15. ^ 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 January 17, 2015. 
  16. ^ "A Sony Switcheroo: 'Smurfs' Reboot Pushed To 2016, 'Goosebumps' Moved Up To Summer 2015". Deadline.com. May 1, 2014. Retrieved January 17, 2015. 
  17. ^ Gregg Kidlay (March 25, 2015). "Sony Sets Release Date for Next 'Smurfs' Movie". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 30, 2015. 
  18. ^ Silas Lesnick (April 13, 2016). "Sony Pictures Teases The Dark Tower, MIB 23, Passengers and More at CinemaCon". Comingsoon.net. Retrieved May 3, 2016. 
  19. ^ "'Smurfs: The Lost Village' Teaser Released". Cartoon Brew. September 21, 2016. Retrieved September 22, 2016. 
  20. ^ "SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE - Official Teaser Trailer (HD) - YouTube". YouTube. September 21, 2016. Retrieved September 22, 2016. 
  21. ^ https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/smurfs_the_lost_village/

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