A Quick History of The Smurfs
This summer was set for a change of color, and it was the Smurfy shade of blue.
The majority of today’s films owe their credibility to books or comics. Whether it is Spider-Man or Harry Potter, the quality never seems to dwindle and novelty never seems to wear off. Surely an already-strong fan-base from the books and comics is somewhat responsible, but there is also the thrill of change and adaptation of the original to take into consideration.
The Smurfs have been around since 1958, originally published in Dutch, French, and German magazines. Pierre Culliford, known under the alias of “Peyo,” was responsible for the creation of the Belgian comic strip, The Smurfs, that had a regular series of twenty-seven to its name.
It was two decades later the United States became aware of the blue phenomena, when the famous American animation studio Hanna-Barbera Productions adopted the idea and began airing the show on NBS. With a run of 256 episodes between 1981 and 1989, The Smurfs had secured their place in the lineup of pop culture and still have the luxury of being seen through re-runs.
So it is really no surprise The Smurfs have joined the likes of Scooby-Doo and The Flintstones in being showcased on the big screen. The idea of a film has been in production since 1997, and though it has gone through several release date changes, the live-action CGI film was released on July 29, 2011.
Why CGI? Because CGI has proven to entertain audiences time after time. The nation may already be familiar with the blue skinned, white-trousered creatures, but CGI portrays them with new dimension.
In celebration of The Smurfs' fifty-third birthday, the family film revolves around the blue creatures relying on human help to escape New York City. This is a first for The Smurfs to interact with humans.
Filmed right on location in New York, the live action actors include Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Hank Azaria, Sofia Vergara, Tim Gunn, and Frank Langella. In case any of these big names didn’t quirk your brow, the voice cast is made up of Jonathan Winters, Katy Perry, Anton Yelchin, Jeff Foxworthy, Alan Cumming, George Lopez, Kenan Thompson, and many more comedy-appreciative names.
This film's one small step for Papa Smurf, but one giant leap for mankind.