‘Smurfs’ Release Moved Ahead of ‘Apes’ to July 29

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The movie had been set for release on Aug. 3. The studio changed its plans after Fox re-scheduled its new Planet of the Apes reimagining — titled Rise of the Apes — to Aug. 5.

The Smurfs began life as a popular comic strip in Belgium, created by the cartoonist Peyo. Hugely popular in Europe as a comic and a toy line, The Smurfs leaped to America in the 1980s and spawned a popular Saturday morning cartoon show that ran from 1981 to 1990 on NBC.

The feature film is directed by Raja Gosnell and will mix live-action with CG-animated Smurfs who  find themselves in modern-day New York City. Starring on the live action side are Neil Patrick Harris, Glee’s Jayma Mays and Hank Azaria as Gargamel. Providing voices for the Smurfs are Jonathan Winters as Papa Smurf, Katy Perry as Smurfette, Fred Amisen as Brainy Smurf and Paul Reubens as Jokey Smurf. Other voice actors include Alan Cumming, Anton Yelchin, George Lopez, Gary Basaraba, John Oliver, Kenan Thompson, B.J. Novak, Jeff Foxworthy and Wolfgang Puck.

To tide you over, here are a couple of new-ish images from The Smurfs.