Belgian cartoonist, the late Peyo (Pierre Culliford) created The Smurfs in 1958. They have appeared as a comic strip, books, recordings, figurines and in a myriad of merchandised licensed items. But now, they are animated charcaters in a 3D live-action film.
The story goes: When the evil wizard Gargamel 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.
Neil Patrick Harris (HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER) is the human foil for the little blue tourists. Veteran actor Hank Azaria, best known for a multitude of Simpson’s voices plays the live action Gargamel. Voices include Jonathan Winters as Papa Smurf, Alan Cumming as Gutsy Smurf and Katy Perry as Smurfette.
The movie hits Australia in September.