Animation has come a long way since the Smurfs featured on the big screen for the first time in 1965. Back then it was a 87 minute black and white animated film called Les Aventures des Schtroumpfs that consisted of five shorts and it was all in German. Who would have guest that Belgium was the birth place of one of the most endeared cartoon characters for the past 30 or so years. As many who was born in the 80’s I loved the Smurfs, it was a treat when ever we had the opportunity to watch it. I would never have guessed the beginnings of the Smurfs was so uncommercial.
It started out with cartoonist Peyo asked his colleague and friend Andre Franquin to pass him the salt but momentarily forgot what salt meant in French and so asked him to pass the Schtroumpf. Then Franquin replied by teasing Peyo ‘Here’s the Schtroumpf – when you are done schtroumpfing, schtroumpf it back’ and so they continued to talk the rest of the weekend. Peyo then decided to create a cartoon character to add to his Franco-Belgian comic series Johan et Pirlouit who based in the middle ages, Johan was a page that served the king. The first time the Schtroumphs (Smurfs) appeared they helped Johan find a magic flute, it was featured in the Spirou, Belgium magazine, on 23 October 1958. They became so popular a year later they had their own cartoon. Hanna-Barbera Productions took the cartoon two decades later, translated it to The Smurfs. So was the English television series born that we all knew and loved, first seen on NBC in 1981.
Now it is just in time for the next generation to learn the Smurf’s language and characteristics, it is being brought to us in 3D in a featured film. The teaser trailer has been released giving us a taste of what’s coming. All our favourites will return even old Gargamel their idiotic evil enemy is there.
The evil wizard Gargamel has chased the blue Smurfs out of their village by accident they end up in our world, in the middle of Central Park. Now they have to find a way home before Gargamel tracks them down.
The Smurfs 2011 TRAILER :
I am so glad they kept the Smurfs appearance similar to the 80’s version just a bit more defined and the hair actually moves. But as you can see this is truly just a teaser.
Voices of the cast of the Smurfs
* Jonathan Winters as Papa Smurf
* Katy Perry as Smurfette
* Alan Cumming as Gutsy Smurf
* George Lopez as Grouchy Smurf
* Gary Basaraba as Hefty Smurf
* Anton Yelchin as Clumsy Smurf
* Fred Armisen as Brainy Smurf
* John Oliver as Vanity Smurf
* Paul Reubens as Jokey Smurf
* Kenan Thompson as Greedy Smurf
* B. J. Novak as Baker Smurf
* Jeff Foxworthy as Handy Smurf
* Wolfgang Puck as Chef Smurf
Unfortunately it is quite the wait until it will be released, the release date is only on third of August 2011.