The Smurfs are coming back to TV in a big way. Peyo’s little blue guys (and one gal) will be making their way to the small screen in a new CG-animated 11-minutes format show thanks to Peyo Productions and Dupuis Edition & Audiovisual. French broadcaster TFOU and Belgian TV KETNET and OUTFIVI are co-producing the new venture.
“I am very happy to once again be able to continue my father’s work by co-producing a new TV series about the Smurfs, almost 40 years after the universally known series,” says Veronique Culliford, president & founder of Peyo Productions and distributor I.M.P.S (and Peyo’s daughter). “You will discover Smurfs in CG as in the last movie (The Lost Village, 2017), with lots of fun, humor and adventures full of twists. I’m convinced that our partners in this co-production are the best players in the market, and that the Smurfs will continue to delight all generations for decades!”
“Our collaboration with Peyo, creator of these characters, goes back to the first publication of their stories in Spirou magazine, 60 years ago,” says Léon Perahia, Administrator and Deputy Managing Director of Dupuis Edition & Audiovisual. “Hanna Barbera’s production of a TV series followed with several highly successful seasons. For this reason, we’re excited to continue this great adventure by co-producing new episodes adapted from this wonderful universe”.
Audiences last saw The Smurfs in Sony Pictures Animation’s feature The Lost Village, directed by Kelly Asbury, which was released in spring of last year and made $197.2 million worldwide.