The Smurfs

July 29th 2011
  • Adventure/Fantasy,
  • PG,
  • 100 min,
  • Sony Pictures
  • Cast: Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Hank Azaria, Jonathan Winters, Katy Perry, Alan Cumming, George Lopez, Paul Reubens, Kenan Thompson, B.J. Novak, Jeff Foxworthy, Wolfgang Puck, SofĂ­a Vergara, Anton Yelchin, Fred Armisen, Anna Kuchma, Adam Wylie, John Oliver, Tim Gunn, Gary Basaraba, Shirley Dluginski, Todd Fredericks, Monica Ciszczon, Lizzie Yousko
  • Director: Raja Gosnell
  • Writers: Peyo, J. David Stem, David N. Weiss
  • Producer: Jordan Kerner
  • Executive Producers: Ben Haber, Paul Neesan, Ezra Swerdlow
  • Art Directions: Chris Shriver, Christian Wintter
  • Castings: Richard Hicks, David Rubin
  • Costume Design: Rita Ryack
  • D.O.P.: Phil Meheux
  • Editor: Sabrina Plisco
  • Makeup: Todd Tucker
  • Music: Heitor Pereira
  • Production Design: Bill Boes
  • Set Decoration: Regina Graves


When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world and into ours -- in fact, smack dab in the middle of Central Park. Just three apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: New York City, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Some mild rude humor and action
  • Production Companies: Columbia Pictures, Kerner Entertainment Company, Sony Pictures Animation
  • Production Schedule: 26 March 2010 - 21 June 2010

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2011 Guide Analysis: "The idea of a CG animated feature based on the classic 80's cartoon has been around for a while, and it's something that those with fond memories of the show probably wouldn't object to if it were placed in the right hands. When this incarnation was announced however, initial jubilation turned to outright dread as the result is akin to "Alvin and the Chipmunks" where the creatures themselves are CG and everything else is real world.

Even the Smurfs themselves spend most of the film in Manhattan, to give it that post-modern spin which ultimately makes this some kind of bastard hybrid of "Enchated" and 'Alvin'. Family friendly "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" and "Scooby-Doo" director Raja Gosnell is behind the camera, while the script comes from David N. Weiss and J. David Stern who penned films like "Daddy Day Camp," "Are We There Yet?" and "Clockstoppers". So, don't expect anything in the way of even remotely subversive humor.

Can anything save it? The cast isn't that bad, mostly a mix of good comic talent including Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria, Jonathan Winters, Alan Cumming, Paul Reubens, John Oliver and "Glee" star Jayma Mays. Even singer Katy Perry makes her acting debut as the voice of Smurfette. The first trailer is atrocious, mostly hyping up the 3D aspect of the film. One for the kids only."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 28 July 2011: Argentina
  • 3 August 2011: Belgium, Canada, France
  • 4 August 2011: Malaysia, Netherlands
  • 5 August 2011: Spain, Turkey
  • 10 August 2011: UK
  • 11 August 2011: Portugal, Serbia
  • 25 August 2011: Hungary
  • 1 September 2011: Singapore
  • 2 September 2011: Norway, Sweden
  • 8 September 2011: Greece
  • 16 September 2011: Italy