(guest post by Deanna – resident blog designer and occasional mom blogger)
I was a bit skeptical when I heard there was going to be a live action/cgi movie made about the Smurfs. I didn't think the current generation of kids would be interested in the little blue guys (and girl!) and all their smurfiness –
I am willing to admit when I'm wrong 🙂
I was invited to be part of a press event at Sony's Imageworks studio to get a sneak preview, see some behind-the-scenes action and interview a few of the people involved with the movie – AND to get my smurf on! (go chicky, get your smurf on, go chicky, get your smurf on…)
While we only saw a few clips from the movie, I can confidently say this is one movie we won't be missing – producer Jordan Kerner (Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web) and Director Raja Gosnell (Scooby Doo, Never been Kissed) spoke about “suspension of disbelief” and they were spot-on…the cgi and live action blended seamlessly, and it was easy to ENJOY the movie and not be conscious of that how-did-they-do-that aspect. My favorite part of the day was talking with two of the live action actors. Jayma Mays (Miss Pilsbury from Glee) plays Grace Winslow, who is a newly pregnant woman married to Neil Patrick Harris (lucky girl!).
Hank Azaria plays Gargamel, the smurfs' arch enemy and nemesis. Hank may be well known for his voice-over work, but he's been a part of some of my favorite movies, like Quiz Show, The Birdcage, and America's Sweethearts. (have to admit a slight crush here)