Well, this is a smurfing surprise, to say the least. But after being horrified by the first Smurfs film and kind of mildly amused by the second, I’m actually smurfing forward to the third big-screen outing for those little blue guys.
No, I haven’t smurfed my mind. Or at least, I don’t smurf so. There are a few reasons for actual optimism about Smurfs: The Lost Village, coming in March 2017. For one thing, the makers of this film bill it as a “fully-animated return to the tone and style of the beloved comic book creations of Peyo.” And these first images (above and below) actually look relatively true to the Smurfs’ smurfigins in the comics. They look cartoony, rather than the godawful uncanny valley monstrosities that co-starred with Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays in two recent films.