Here’s a first look at the all-CG Smurfs: The Lost Village, Sony Pictures Animation’s attempt to atone for their first two live-action/CG-hybrid Smurfs films:
The teaser doesn’t do much besides communicate the fact that the Smurfs are back and they look appealing. Veteran director Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron) says that the film “is a radically different take on the Smurfs and their imaginary world, fully computer animated, and much closer to the tone and style that creator Peyo initially envisioned.”
In the film, the Smurfs venture into the fantastical Forbidden Forest to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does, embarking on a “high-adventure journey” that Asbury says recalls films like Raiders of the Lost Ark and Goonies.
Written by Stacey Harman (The Goldbergs) and Pamela Ribon (Mind of Mencia), Smurfs: The Lost Village will launch in U.S. theaters on April 7, 2017.