Smurf Happens in <i>Smurfs 2</i> Trailer

Because the world demanded it (OK, not really), Sony Pictures Animation has released a new trailer for The Smurfs 2, the sequel to the hybrid CG-animated/live-action comedy that brought Peyo's beloved comic book creators into the modern, 3D world.

Directed again by Raja Gosnell, the follow-up centers on the plot by Gargamel (portrayed unnervingly by Hank Azaria) to tempt Smurfette and harness the "magical Smurf essence" by creating his own knock-off evil creatures called the Naughties.

The Smurfs 2 features the voice talents of returning cast members Jonathan Winters, Katy Perry, Fred Armisen, Alan Cumming, Anton Yelchin, George Lopez and John Oliver, with new additions Christina Ricci and J.B. Smoove as the Naughties. In addition to Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays and Sofia Vergara also reprise their live-action roles. The film opens July 31.

In this sequel to the hybrid live action/animated family blockbuster comedy The Smurfs, the evil wizard Gargamel creates a couple of mischievous Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties that he hopes will let him harness the all-powerful, magical Smurf-essence. But when he discovers that only a real Smurf can give him what he wants — and only a secret spell that Smurfette knows can turn the Naughties into real Smurfs — Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette and brings her to Paris, where he has been winning the adoration of millions as the world’s greatest sorcerer. It’s up to Papa, Clumsy, Grouchy, and Vanity to return to our world, reunite with their human friends Patrick and Grace Winslow, and rescue her! Will Smurfette, who has always felt different from the other Smurfs, find a new connection with the Naughties Vexy and Hackus – or will the Smurfs convince her that their love for her is True Blue?

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