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Sony Pictures Animation Announces Hand-Drawn Smurfs Mini-Movie

by Jerry Beck
August 5, 2013 2:17 PM
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The Smurfs 2 may not have done as well at the box office as the studio hoped, but a brand new mostly hand drawn short (a 22-minute "mini-movie") is coming to the rescue. 

The Smurfs: The Legend Of Smurfy Hollow - essentially a combination 3D-CG/2D animated film, faithful to the original Peyo Smurfs comics - is coming to Home Video on September 10th and is expected to air on TV in October. The film was selected in official competition at this year's Annecy film festival, and was directed by Stephan Franck (animator on The Iron Giant, Eight Crazy Nights, etc). Says Franck: 

"Having grown up  in Europe with the original Smurfs books, I found that I knew these characters intimately--it was like a family reunion. The use of both hand-drawn and CG animation was a fantastic opportunity. While the CG takes advantage of all the bells and whistles of modern filmmaking, the hand-drawn parts gave us a chance to bring the original Smurfs designs to life at a quality level they never had been done before. It's completely charming."

The new short features the original voice talent from the feature Smurfs 2 including Alan Cumming (TV’s The Good Wife), Fred Armisen (TV's Saturday Night Live), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) as well as Hank Azaria as the voice of Gargamel (TV's The Simpsons).  

The Smurfs: The Legend Of Smurfy Hollow combines cutting-edge computer generated imagery and traditionally hand drawn animation, and was inspired by the classic tale The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. In the film, the Smurfs learn the value of friendship and family. When Brainy Smurf is favored to win the annual Smurfberry Hunt for the ninth year in a row, Gutsy Smurf sets out to discover how Brainy wins every year. Gutsy's investigation takes him into spooky Smurfy Hollow - and right into Gargamel’s trap! Can Brainy and Gutsy, with the help of Smurfette, put aside their rivalry before Gargamel captures them, or worse, will they come face-to-face with the legendary ghost, the Headless Horseman?

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  • Geoff | August 5, 2013 10:50 PMReply

    I hate the CG smurf look. Just aesthetically unappealing personally. No interest in the movies.
    But, if the short looks like the 2D pic above, I'll be curious enough to check it out...

  • Jess | August 5, 2013 6:13 PMReply

    Smurfette needs a better stylist. Her hair is half blue.

  • Jerry Beck | August 5, 2013 9:27 PM

    We updated the photo. Sorry about that.

  • Roberto Severino | August 5, 2013 5:32 PMReply

    Looks better than the CG film if that's how the short will look like. It would have been cool if the whole film were drawn in that style.

  • Johnny | August 5, 2013 2:38 PMReply

    Well the last 2D animated tie in was really well animated so I'll be looking forward to this one.

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