The Smurfs Movie Starts Filming
04.11.10 by BJSprecher
Columbia Pictures recently announced the start of principal photography on The Smurfs movie, a "hybrid live-action and animated family comedy" in 3-D. Scenes for the movie are currently being shot on location in New York's Central Park, the site of the diminutive blue gnomes' arrival in the "real" world.
The announcement was accompanied by this brief synopsis of the movie:
Audiences everywhere are in for a Smurfy good time as the Smurfs make their first 3-D trip to the big screen. When the evil wizard Gargamel (played by Hank Azaria) 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.
The Smurfs movie is based on the characters created by Peyo popularized in the long-running children's cartoon of the same name. Raja Gosnell is directing from a screenplay by J. David Stem, David N. Weiss, Jay Scherick, and David Ronn. Neal Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays also star as a human couple who discover the existence of the Smurfs. Voice actors include Jonathan Winters as Papa Smurf, Anthon Yelchin as Clumsy Smurf, George Lopez as Grouchy Smurf, Alan Cumming as Gutsy Smurf, Fred Armisen as Brainy Smurf, and Katy Perry as Smurfette.