Those little blue creatures from the '80s are back: coming this August, a 3D live-action/CGI version of The Smurfs (hopefully minus the insidiously cheerful theme song) transplants the floppy-hatted critters from their mushroom-house village to New York City. Directed by Raja Gosnell of Beverly Hills Chihuahua infamy, the story follows the Smurfs as they're flushed out of their village by the evil wizard Gargamel (played by a prosthetically-tricked-out Hank Azaria) and, via a magic portal, wind up in Central Park. (Which sounds like Being Smurf Malkovich.) They're subsequently taken in by a human couple (Neil Patrick Harris and Glee's Jayma Mays) as they try to get back home while eluding Gargamel and, judging by the trailer, cute chaos ensues.
An eclectic roster of voice actors includes Jonathan Winters as Papa Smurf, George Lopez as Grouchy, Fred Armisen as Brainy, Kenan Thompson as Greedy, B.J. Novak as Baker, Paul Reubens (aka Pee Wee Herman, who was born to voice a Smurf) as Jokey, and Katy Perry as Smurfette, who you see in the trailer paying homage to Marilyn Monroe in The Seven-Year Itch. Also making a cameo is James Franco as Ubiquitous Smurf. (Kidding.) Here's hoping it's not a piece of Smurf.