I am not a fan of The Smurfs, particularly the hybrid live-action/CG films that Sony Pictures Animation released in 2011 and 2013. When the story came out that Sony was going to make yet another Smurfs film, it sounded like less than thrilling news to me.
But maybe there’s hope for this new film after all. It’s not going to be a live-action/CG hybrid like its predecessors from Sony, but rather a full length CG animated feature.
The movie studios are spreading lots of holiday cheer this year by releasing new animated films and series on Blu-ray just in time for the big gift giving season. We’ve recently reported on new titles coming to Blu-ray from the Walt Disney Studios. Here are some other items to consider giving to the animation fans in your life…
What a summer it’s been for animated movies. Starting with the late March release of DreamWorks’ The Croods and ending with the August release of Disneytoon Studios’ Planes, there have been six big budget animated films released from most of the major Hollywood animation studios along with one direct-to-video release which was put in theaters first. With so many animated films to choose from, not all films performed equally at the box office and in the hearts and minds of the movie going public.
Call it fate, call it karma, call it whatever, but The Smurfs 2 took third place in the U.S. box office derby this weekend, earning $17.5 million over the weekend and a total of $27.1 million since its opening on Wednesday, July 31. According to Box Office Mojo, first place in the U.S. box office this weekend went to 2 Guns with $27.1 million, with The Wolverine taking second place at $21.3 million.
With The Smurfs 2 set to open in U.S. theaters on July 31, 2013, the cast has been making the promotional rounds for the live action+CG animation film. In a recent interview with ComingSoon.net, actor Hank Azaria, who plays Gargamel, mentioned this about a possible third “Smurfs” film…
Sony Pictures Animation and Columbia Pictures have put together a “Global Smurfs Day” to be held Saturday, June 22, 2013. The worldwide event honors the birth of Peyo (the nickname of comic book artist and Smurf creator Pierre Culliford) who was born on June 25, 1928, and celebrates the upcoming release of Sony Pictures Animation’s new film The Smurfs 2. This is the second time such an event has been held; the first one was to celebrate the release of Sony’s 2011 film The Smurfs.
In this episode Marc and Matt are joined by guest host George Underwood to discuss Cartoon Network’s [adult swim] and their similar shows. They also weigh in on the Oscar nominations for animated features and shorts. So join us on the Planet Express as we go on this podcasting adventure.