* They are coming April 7, 2017!!! * NEW MOVIE ALERT! *
The little blue people are at it again!
“In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurfs history!” – ABOUT on http://www.smurfsmovie.com/
How well do you know the Smurfs and their history?!?
A Brief History
As you may or may not know, the Smurfs started as a Belgian comic in 1958 by Peyo which was the pen name of Pierre Culliford. Originally named, Les Schtroumpfs, the Smurfs were introduced as small blue, cap wearing, “humanoids” with varying characteristics and talents. Each one has a distinct name, look and personality. With over 100 Smurfs, you can imagine the time it took to think up those names and talents and personalities.
The word “Smurf,” was actually was thought up over dinner with a friend and fellow cartoonist, Andre’ Franquin, who could not remember the word for Salt. It was later translated into Dutch to “Smurf” and that is how we know them today.
The first motion picture was introduced in Belgium in 1965, was a black and white film called Les Adventures des Schtroumpfs. It contained 5 short film cartoon stories that were adventures based on the Smurfs. Other short film cartoons were made in color by 1967.
From 1981-1989, Smurfs appeared on a television show and the reruns aired until 1990. Then USA network exclusively ran the show until 1993, while the Cartoon Network ran it until 2003.
I watched this show religiously when I was a kid and introduced my children to it. We still love it. And with a long running history, the Smurfs keep coming back.
The Smurfs first appeared on the big screen in 2011, thanks to Sony Pictures, with the hopes of creating a trilogy. Now the 2nd movie is coming out April 7, 2017. Are you excited yet?!?
Now not only are they on the big screen, but for decades they have been made into comics, tv shows, toys, books, clothes, games, cereal, and temporarily were an ice show and an attraction, with characters dressed as Smurfs walking around, at amusement parks around the world.
About The Smurfs
The Smurfs themselves wear Phrygian caps, which are also known as the liberty cap. In many countries throughout history, these caps signify “freedom.”
Papa Smurf is the leader, white a white beard while the other Smurfs are named after their characteristics such as the Seven Dwarfs or by their profession.
They all look relatively similar with only accessories and hair color or no hair and colored clothing or glasses to tell them apart.
Smurfette, the 1st girl Smurf was created by the evil Gargamel to trap the Smurfs, but then their leader Papa Smurf made her a real Smurf. Other Smurfs include, Brainy, Clumsy, Grouchy, Hefty, Vanity, Gutsy and Jokey.
From the last Smurfs movie, the Smurfs were living in New York city with Neil Patrick Harris’ character, who they met when they were trying to escape Gargamel and then were trying to get back to their land. Gargamel was trying to capture the Smurfs because he needed them to retain his magical powers.
The movie actually had several big names behind it including Katy Perry, George Lopez, Paul Reubens, and Alan Cummings as Smurfs, along with Hank Azaria as Gargamel.
Now, Smurfs: Lost Village, will introduce a whole batch of new characters and another star studded cast/voice talents including: Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Joe Manganiello, Julia Roberts, Michelle Rodriguez, Megan Trainor, Gordon Ramsay, Gabriel Iglesias, and Jeff Dunham and more.
For decades, Smurfette has been the only girl Smurf. Talk about a man’s world, until they get to the Lost Village, which is full of lady Smurfs. This is actually pretty significant as the entire franchise has focused on the males and the singular female. Now it is a bit more even, even if late in its history.
This movie, with its lovable characters, humorous antics, and suspenseful action will appeal to every child and maybe even the adults. Unlike their last movie, Gargamel is the only human character so it is definitely more animated and fun.
Know Before you Go - Go Smurf-ing
Before you see the movie, you need to get your Smurf on and check out these awesome and fan-tastic extras.
You can also head over to http://www.smurfsmovie.com/ where you can watch the trailers, register for updates on the movies, including new trailers and insider info. You can also buy tickets.
I suggest checking out the Fun & Activities where you can find coloring pages, recipes, gallery and downloads, How To Draw A Smurf and a chance to test your knowledge with the Smurfs Quiz.
Or maybe you want to Meet The Characters! Meet the Smurfs in the movie to learn more about them and see who voices them in the movie.
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