"The Sony studio said it has acquired motion picture rights to the Belgian-born characters from Lafig Belgium S.A. for a big-screen Smurfs adaptation mixing computer-graphic imagery and live action.It's going to be interesting to see how this is done. Will they keep the same Smurf theme?
A similar "hybrid" treatment was recently given to another popular cartoon ensemble in the highly successful "Alvin and the Chipmunks" movie from 20th Century Fox.
Like Alvin and his rodent companions, the Smurfs will be created by CGI technology and interact with real actors portraying humans."
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The Smurfs aired from 1981 to 1989 with around 256 episodes. I reckon I must have seen most of them. They were on Dempsey's Den, and on a Sunday morning before(?) Sesame Street.
Classic table quiz question - can you (without checking Wikipedia) remember the name of Gargamel's cat?