The Smurfs movie hit theaters on Friday, bringing Smurfs out of obscurity and into the spotlight. A new generation of fans of the lil blue and white characters is in the making and soon kiddos may be requesting a Smurfs themed birthday party. Check out these Smurftastic party ideas that will have everyone singing "la la la la la la" all the way home!
Retro cartoons are increasingly popular within the makeup world — just witness the buzz around the forthcoming Hello Kitty collection for MAC. With its launch of a Smurfette collection, Too Faced is hoping to delight fans of the Smurfs before the live-action movie wraps up. WWD reports that the Too Faced collection will feature face powder, eye shadow, lip gloss, and liquid eyeliners. The items, heavy on blues, pinks, and lavenders, will land in stores later this month.
This might be smurfy news for some, but I'm going to pass on this collaboration. Even as a kid, I thought the story of Smurfette's genesis is as sexist as they come: Gargamel creates Smurfette to seduce and destroy the all-male Smurf clan. Alas, her dark hair, "big nose" and simple smock are not pretty enough to do so. Papa Smurf comes along, works his magic, and poof! Smurfette is, as Papa says, "new and improved" with long blond hair, a smaller nose, a shorter dress, and high heels. So, while it's just a cartoon and the Too Faced collaboration is meant to be fun, it's safe to say that Smurfette and I have some baggage to work through.
We've seen the very early basic designs for the CGI (and possibly 3-D) Smurfs movie, and today there's news that Sony has snatched up the film rights, and they plan to make it just like last year's Alvin and the Chipmunks movie — with live-action actors alongside the animated blue guys (and gal). Variety continues:
[Producer Jordan] Kerner said the genesis of the current project began during a holiday conversation with Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman-CEO Michael Lynton, who grew up with Les Schtroumpfs in the Netherlands. "He relished them as I do and suggested that it should be a live-action/CG film," he said. "(Studio topper) Amy (Pascal) felt equally that there was potentially a series of films in the making."
"The Smurfs are one of the best-known franchises, and among the most beloved collection of characters in the world," Columbia co-president Doug Belgrad said. "We're very excited to introduce a new generation to Papa Smurf, Smurfette and the other smurftastic Smurfs in all of their 'three-apple-tall' glory."
I don't know about you, but I might just pretend this isn't happening, until it does. In the meantime, the Smurfs' official website is actually really cute and informative, and there's a fun section devoted to the Smurfs' 50th anniversary — which is October 23 of this year!
The Smurfs are turning 50 this year, and to celebrate, Stirrings — maker of my favorite on-the-go drink mixers — has created a specialty cocktail. While the classic cartoon characters were blue, the drink has a pretty burgundy color.
A combination of orange-flavored vodka and wild blueberry juice, the Smurfette is one potent cocktail. If you loved the Smurfs as a child, you will surely enjoy this cocktail as an adult.
To see how it's made, read more
When I lived with three roommates in close quarters, we used to compare ourselves to the Golden Girls. I was Dorothy. Now I think I relate more to The Flintstones with my husband calling my name in the "WILMAAAAA" fashion and my babe banging her fork and spoon on the table.
Do you live in a Jetson home with a helping hand like Rosie? Or do you have lots of family and friends around to help you like the Smurfs?
Check out this very early peek at the 3-D computer-animated Smurfs movie, which recently surfaced over on ComingSoon. Even more than the Alvin and the Chipmunks movie, I'm not sure how to feel about a modern remake of the old animated series.
What do you think about a new Smurfs movie? Are you curious to see it? Or is it just plain sacrilege?