Sony Pictures Animation have officially welcomed 3 new Smurf voices into the Smurf family. Say hello to Clumsy, Hefty, and Brainy!
The Smurfs were first introduced as part of a comic book series by Pierre Culliford (aka Peyo) in 1958. The blue crew have since “proven that they are larger than their average height, having become box-office giants worldwide” following 2 successful live-action/animated movies: “The Smurfs” in 2011 and “The Smurfs 2” in 2013.
The next instalment – and newly titled “Smurfs: The Lost Village” – will be a whole new reboot of the franchise. Joining the already announced cast Demi Lovato as Smurfette, Rainn Wilson as Gargamel and Mandy Patinkin as Papa Smurf are: Jack McBrayer as Clumsy (falling off the wagon), Danny Pudi as the bespectacled Smurf geek Brainy, and Joe Manganiello as Hefty (doing the heavy lifting).
Director Kelly Asbury announced last year that the studio have already made plans to take the Smurfs franchise in a completely fresh direction. “We’re not making a Smurfs 3 film. Our character designs and environments will be stylistically closer to the original artwork created by Peyo. Our story will explore the beginnings of the beloved little blue creatures in a fun full CG animated comedy-adventure for every generation to enjoy,” said Asbury.
The official synopsis of “Smurfs: The Lost Village” is as follows:
It seems to Smurfette that everyone else in the Village has a purpose — Papa Smurf (leading), Baker Smurf (baking), even Grouchy Smurf (grouching) — except for her. So what’s the only girl in the village to do? Go in search of hers, of course! When she accidentally crosses paths with a mysterious creature that takes off into the Enchanted Forest, she follows, and sets off into the uncharted and strictly forbidden woods.
Joined by her brothers Brainy, Hefty and Clumsy — and with the evil wizard Gargamel shadowing their every step — Team Smurf undertakes a wild journey full of action, danger and discovery, setting them on a course that leads to the biggest mystery in Smurf history!
In case you haven’t met the previous “Smurfs: The Lost Village” cast, get to know them here:
The reboot, which will take place before its predecessors, will answer some of the mysteries surrounding the blue-hued creatures’ origins. Are their mushroom houses organic? Do Smurfs come in different colours? Why are there 99 boys and only one girl?
Find out the answers to these questions when “Smurfs: The Lost Village” hits theatres on 31st March 2017.