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The Smurfs Return to Their 2D Roots in “The Legend of Smurfy Hollow”

Had enough of those new-fangled, three dimensional, CGI Smurfs? Well, Sony Pictures Animation probably had you in mind when they made a new Smurf “mini-movie” that mixes a few minutes of CG with a whole bunch of hand-drawn animation.

The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow is a Halloween tale directed by Stephan Franck (Iron Giant, Despicable Me) and produced by Mary Ellen Bauder (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Hotel Transylvania).

Selected into official competition this year at the Annecy Film Festival, the story centers around Gutsy and Brainy Smurf:

When Brainy Smurf is favored to win the annual Smurfberry Hunt for the ninth year in a row, Gutsy Smurf sets out to discover how Brainy wins every year. Gutsy’s investigation takes him into spooky Smurfy Hollow-and right into Gargamel’s trap! Can Brainy and Gutsy, with the help of Smurfette, put aside their rivalry before Gargamel captures them-or worse, they come face-to-face with the legendary ghost, the Headless Horseman?

The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow, will feature the voice talents of Alan Cumming, Fred Armisen, Anton Yelchin and Hank Azaria, all of whom reprise their roles from The Smurfs 2. It will be available on DVD on September 10.

  • CG Animator

    They did a hand-drawn “Smurfs” Christmas special a few years back when the first one came out. It was nicely done.

    I think Duck Studios (formerly known as “Duck Soup”) did the animation on the first one. I wonder if they’re doing this one too…

    • Alexa

      Yes they did

    • s11pm1

      Yes, this is the second Sony hand-drawn Smurfs special. Both have a bit of CGI, I think as bookends.

  • Pieter

    Ah nothing like a good sense of nostalgia! Fun idea as well to make a Smurf-edition of the Washington Irving story.

  • jhalpernkitcat

    The animation preview actually looks quite nice. I have nothing against the Smurfs. I just prefer them in 2-D and not roaming around in New York City. They belong in fantasy settings and their village.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      They really do, but apparently Hollywood has other ideas.

      • ILDC

        You can blame Alvin and the Chipmunks for that.

  • AmidAmidi

    My sources tell me this is not Flash but traditionally animated.

  • Mike Scott

    Saw this at Annecy. Was pretty cool. The 3D intro and outro around the campfire was pretty freaky though. Didn’t dig checking the Smurfs so realistic. The 2D was pretty cool though. When the 3D Smurfs started an audible despairing ‘aaaaaaahhhh’ was heard from the audience, but it got a round of applause after the short had finished (was quite a long piece).

    • Chris Sobieniak

      Reminded I had to see a poster of Smurfette on sale at a Michaels yesterday, asking that same question of “why?” Someone apparently felt we needed to see every pore on their blue skin!

      Nice to hear the short went over well there, even if the 3D moments felt like a trade-off like they were on the Xmas special.

  • adventuretimegurl123

    It feels good knowing that the next smurfs movie won’t be in ugly cgi animation

  • Kelly Liou

    Will it be out in Singapore ?