Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation have released a second trailer for their live-action/computer animated hybrid 3D family comedy The Smurfs 2 via Yahoo! Movies. The sequel to the 2011 worldwide hit that took in over $563 million at the worldwide box office.
Most of the creative talent is returning from the first film for an all-new adventure that takes the Smurfs to Europe. Director Raja Gosnell, Producer Jordan Kerner, Executive Producer Ezra Swerdlow, and stars Neil Patrick Harris as Patrick Winslow, Jayma Mays as Grace Winslow, Sofia Vergara as Odile, and Hank Azaria as Gargamel are the live action actors returning from the first film. Brendan Gleeson joins the cast as Patrick Winslow’s stepfather, Victor Doyle. Returning as the voices of the Smurfs, all of the principal voice cast members will reprise their roles, including Katy Perry as Smurfette, Jonathan Winters as Papa Smurf, Alan Cumming as Gutsy, Fred Armisen as Brainy, George Lopez as Grouchy and Anton Yelchin as Clumsy. John Oliver, who took a cameo voice role as Vanity Smurf in the first film, returns to voice his now primary role. Additionally behind the microphone, Christina Ricci and JB Smoove will voice the new Smurf-like naughty characters, Vexy and Hackus, respectively.
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?
The Smurfs 2 is scheduled to be released in U.S. theaters on July 31, 2013.
The Smurfs is based on a Belgian comic and television franchise centered on a group of small blue fictional creatures called Smurfs, created and first introduced as a series of comic strips by the Belgian cartoonist Peyo. The Smurfs were made into motion pictures on Belgium in 1965 and 1976. The Smurfs became a Saturday-morning cartoon series in 1981 produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions. The series aired on NBC from 1981 to Aug 25 1990. The show continued to air on the USA network until 1993, followed by the Cartoon network until 2003. The 1976 film was redubbed into English and re-released into the United States after the success of the cartoon as The Smurfs and the Magic Flute.
Theatrical Trailer for The Smurfs 2 courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment
Source: Yahoo! Movies