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  1. kronos

    kronos PSN = KRONOSX1

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    [FONT=arial,helvetica][SIZE=-1]All Reuters Movie News[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=arial,helvetica][SIZE=+1]Smurfs braced for movie and more females[/SIZE][/FONT]
    [FONT=arial,helvetica][SIZE=-1]Monday January 14 3:18 PM ET[/SIZE][/FONT]

    [FONT=arial,helvetica][SIZE=-1]Envisaged as secondary characters for a single cartoon album, the blue gnomes widely known as the Smurfs will celebrate their 50th anniversary this year with a movie deal and an invasion of new female characters.
    Smurfs -- known in the original Belgian comic strip as Schtroumpfs -- may only be as tall as three apples and do little more than forage for food and mend the village dam, but the business they have created in over 30 languages is put at some $4 billion, generating $5-12 million in royalties per year.
    They will mark 50 years with a series of new comic adventures, statuettes, an exhibition at Brussels' cartoon museum, a set of commemorative stamps and, in a reflection of changing times, more females in their mushroom cottage village.
    Blond-haired Smurfette, originally created by evil sorcerer Gargamel to foster jealous rivalry in the community, has been the single love interest for almost every other Smurf for years.
    "There have been dramatic changes in socio-cultural values in the past 20 to 25 years," Hendrik Coysman, head of Smurf rights holder IMPS told a news conference on Monday. "One of these is girl empowerment."
    "So, there will be a greater female presence in the Smurf village and this will, of course, be a basis for new stories and this will probably turn upside down certain traditional situations within the village."
    Nine Culliford, the widow of Belgian cartoonist Peyo who was instrumental in choosing the color blue, argued that her husband Pierre had never been overtly political, but avidly read the newspaper and made his creations address current themes.
    Notable among them was the 1973 story of the conflict between northern and southern clans divided by language, echoing the ongoing dispute between Belgium's Dutch-speaking north and French-speaking south.
    Thierry Culliford, Peyo's 52-year-old son, argues the Smurfs are otherwise timeless, explaining their continued appeal.
    "They live in the Middle Ages ... They don't live in the 50s, 60s, 70s or 80s so the clothing or their look doesn't change ... After 50 years we see they are still popular with children."
    The Smurfs will be brought into the modern age, nonetheless, with a computer-animated 3-D style movie.
    IMPS has agreed a deal with Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom. A script is being written and further details are set to follow in the coming weeks.
    Coysman also has hopes for a 26-episode series of half-hour shorts to add to the 272 that Hanna-Barbera made in the 1980s to propel the Smurfs around the world.
    The 50th anniversary could also mark a return for Johan and Peewit, the characters that first stumbled across the vibrant village and the curious "Smurf" language in "The Magic Flute" cartoon album in October 1958. (Additional reporting by Elaine Codogno; Editing by Caroline Drees) [/SIZE][/FONT]
     
  2. Death333

    Death333 Otherwise known as Dx3

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    aw shit....
     
  3. Cobalt Agent

    Cobalt Agent My dick kills dinosaurs

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    Great. Can't wait for the Snorks movie either...
     
  4. Ravenxl7

    Ravenxl7 W.A.F.F.L.E.O.

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    Sounds cool. While I'm not going to put much, if any, hope in the movie being good, I will remain positive about it, and plan to see it.
     
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    I'd MUCH rather watch that.
     
  6. onesock

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    Papa Smurf on the big screen?

    Hell yes.
     
  7. smkspy

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    Sounds cool, i never knew the Smurfs were that old.
     
  8. Sound Blaster

    Sound Blaster Shattered Glass World

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    I could say something but'll i'll let is go...100 male smurfs 1 smurfette..:jawdropper: 


    I was a little older when these came out
     
  9. Dark_Convoy

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    I liked the smurfs when I was a little kid.
     
  10. wheeljaxx

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    papa and grampa smurf kickn' ass on the big screen = a hell yes movie!!
     
  11. MegaPrime33

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    I just hope they get the original voice actors.
     
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    I liked the Smurfs when I was younger, but I had no idea that the core concept was so friggin' old. That was my big shock for the day.
     
  13. Turbocharger

    Turbocharger We should get more letter

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    I would only consider ever seeing this if it was a movie version of the Smurf's Lost Episode.
     
  14. Belgrath

    Belgrath Boom! Nutshot!

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    That's smurfing great.
     
  15. ranoobu

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    it'll be an interesting trip back into the past for me when i watch this movie
     
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    ooooo smurfs hell ya i remember them as a kid. by the way on a off note the Alvin and Chipmunk movie not bad.
     
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    Did anybody ride the Smurf tunnel at Kings Island? It was AWESOME! It went through the seasons. Gargamel was like 30 ft tall. Scared the crap outtta me!
     
  18. KA

    KA PENIS GOES WHERE?!!

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    they should do 300. but with smurfs. i'd watch that.
     
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    KA PENIS GOES WHERE?!!

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