The trailer has been released for The Smurfs film – with Katy Perry playing Smurfette!
The Smurfs blends live-action with CGI-animation for what is the first hybrid film within The Smurfs franchise. How I Met Your Mother‘s Neil Patrick Harris stars in the lead live-action role opposite Jayma Mays, who you may recognise as guidance counsellor Emma Pillsbury from the US TV sitcom, Glee.
Pop starlet Katy Perry voices the character of Smurfette, actor and comedian Jonathan Winters is the voice behind Papa Smurf, and talk show host George Lopez takes on the role of Grouchy Smurf. The Simpsons‘ voiceover artist Hank Azaria will take on the (live action) role of the Smurf’s arch-enemy, Gargamel.
These small, blue, fictional creatures were the creation of Belgian cartoonist Peyo, although in the French they are known as Les Schtroumpfs. Many of his original characters have continued to feature in the numerous adaptations which have taken place over the years. They have also continued to used the word ‘smurf’ to mean anything and everything – which should make for an, erm, interesting feature-length script.
Directed by Scooby-Doo director, Raja Gosnell, this latest adaptation will see the Smurfs venture out of their magical world and into modern-day New York in a bid to escape the evil wizard Gargamel.
Oh and it’s in 3D, naturally.
The Smurfs is scheduled to hit UK cinemas on 3rd August – meanwhile you can check out the trailer below: