Looking for a fresh start with one of its cornerstone franchises, Sony Pictures kicked over the mushroom houses from its previous films to find their way to "Smurfs: The Lost Village."
After two attempts to introduce modern audiences to the trippy appeal of the little blue creatures, Sony is ditching the CGI/live-action combination and is moving forward with CGI/traditional animation. The new trailer, which gives a much better look at the art style as well as the plot compared to the teaser, also appears to embrace it's comic book roots. The quirkiness of Belgium comic creator Peyo is on display, along with the visual and colorfulness of the 80's cartoon.
The trailer does agood job of reminding people what they're here for. It runs through the usual Smurfspects that you'll need to know for the movie: Papa Smurf (Mandy Patinkin), Hefty Smurf (Joe Manganiello), Clumsy Smurf (Jack McBrayer), Brainy Smurf (Danny Pudi) and few others. Smurfette (Demi Lovato) is shown last, setting the theme for the film. She finds herself lonely; one of these Smurfs is not like the other. During a chance encounter outside Smurf Village, she learns that she might be not be alone. The Smurfs might have kin somewhere outside the wall, so Smurfette gets together a gang of white pants to take a quest to find others like them... and probably themselves along the way.
Rainn Wilson will attempt to foil their plans as Gargamel, and Papa Smurf might be hiding a secret as he attempts the stop blue-hued fellowship from leaving the village. While teasing a new addition to the Smurfverse, the identity of the new creatures is kept hidden. Audiences will have to see the film, or have their identity spoiled via a toy reveal to see the newest addition to the Smurf family.
“Smurfs: The Lost Village” is scheduled to be released on April 7, 2017.