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Kelly Asbury Will Direct All-Animated ‘Smurfs’ Feature

Besides today’s bonanza of Genndy Tartakovsky projects, Sony Pictures Animation also made it official that Kelly Asbury (Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Shrek 2, Gnomeo & Juliet) will direct the as-yet-untitled upcoming Smurfs movie.

Unlike the first two live-action/CG hybrids in the series, the new Smurfs pic, which will be an origin story, will be entirely computer animated. The decision to switch it to all-animation may have something to do with the fact that Smurfs 2 made $216 million less globally than the first film.

In fact, Sony wants to be absolutely clear that this film won’t be anything like the previous two creative trainwrecks. “I’m really excited about taking the Smurfs in a completely new fresh direction,” Asbury said in a statement. “We’re not making a Smurfs 3 film. Our character designs and environments will be stylistically closer to the original artwork created by Peyo.”

Scheduled for August 2015, the film will be produced by Jordan Kerner (The Smurfs) and co-produced by Mary Ellen Bauder (Hotel Transylvania).

  • TJ

    SMURFS 3: The good one.

    • loblolly364

      Third time’s the charm, hopefully?

  • Teek

    Basically what they should have done to begin with.

  • cetrata

    As a person that despises the 2 smurfs movie, this is a step in the right direction.

  • jhalpernkitcat

    If it’s an origin story, there may be a lack of Smurfette as she actually was created later on by Gargamel in order to lure the Smurfs to him. Anyhow, at least this one won’t be in New York–which is a good thing, and it will be entirely animated much like Peabody and Sherman. It may not completely capture the spirit of the original animated series, but at least it’s a step in the right direction.

    • Jon

      That being the case, it was appropriate for a train wreck such as Katy Perry to provide the voice for her… ;-)

    • Chris Sobieniak

      Don’t suppose we’ll see Johan and Peewit in this one, but it would be interesting casting to say the least (though if we are to start at the very beginning, it would be interesting to see how the Smurfs came about starting with Papa Smurf).

  • Ghost

    I thought the first one was pretty good, but this is definitely a good call on their part.

  • Pedro Nakama

    So they’re rebooting it?

  • Strong Enough

    but how do you animate a smurf?

    • Ad

      I believe it’s; how the smurf do you animate a smurf.

      (sorry, this really doesn’t contribute much)

  • Funkybat

    This *sounds* like good news, though I worry that releasing it so close to the annoying CG/Live Action hybrid films will taint it and keep away anyone but the kiddies. It would be a shame if a good film were ignored because of bad association. Oh well, I know that if it IS good, the animation community grapevine will let people know, just as the initially-feh-looking Lego Movie turned out to be a near-masterpiece.

    • Artis dowdell jr.

      The Smurfs: A Smurfy begining is the perfect title and I hope Kelly Asbury really enjoys it.

  • Trillby

    What happened to the feature Asbury was doing with the barbarian and the unicorn?

  • SmurfedOut

    When will it end?

  • Steven Bowser

    All animated Smurfs? This is genius! How did nobody think of this before!

  • I’m excited for this one!

  • George Comerci

    Finally! It’s about time something with the Smurfs in the title sounding appealing.

  • peter wassink

    One of the things that bothers me most about this project is the design.
    There is way too much detail in the anatomy of those puppets, especially the eyes are disturbing. They should take a good hard look at the Asterix or Peanuts CGI translations.