Two To Watch

The Smurfs Movie
They made their first appearance back in 1958 as a comic book strip, and later evolved into a children’s television series. Now 420 episodes later, and forty years in the running, they are back, this time starring in their very own silver screen acting début. Of course there is only one group of people I am talking about. The Smurfs! That’s right, everybody’s original fictional characters are to get a twenty-first century makeover in The Smurfs Movie, due for release in the summer of 2011.  

Directed by Raja Gosnell, whose works include the live adaptations of Scooby-Doo as well as the more recent Beverly Hills Chihuahua, along side writer Jordan Kerner, who’s filmography dates back to the late 1980′s, both have conjured up a CGI motion picture which is sure to excite generations of fans from all four corners of the globe.

Starring Neil Patrick Harris, (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore) Jayma Mayes, (Glee) Jonathan Winters, (The Flintstones) and pop icon Katy Perry along others, The Smurfs Movie is set to take place in the streets of New York City, where they set up home with a married couple, whilst trying to find their way back to the village they were transported from.

Following in the footsteps of Alvin and the Chipmunks, The Smurfs Movie looks set to be aimed at the younger audiences of today, but older generations are sure to flock to the cinemas to see their favourite blue characters rise from the surface once again.

Rango
Possibly one of the strangest movie double acts to date is set to hit our screens in 2011, as Johnny Depp steps into the character of erm… a chameleon.

It’s far from what fans of Johnny Depp are used to, but Rango looks set to be a hit with younger audiences, as Nickelodeon Movies, who have brought us movie adaptations of all our favourite children’s episodes, including The Rugrats, Hey Arnold, and even Spongebob Squarepants, have snapped up the offer to work with this film.

Directed by American film writer and director Gore Verbinski, who takes his début role on a children’s animation, after bringing us the likes of Pirates of the Caribbean 2 & 3, as well as the intense Japanese horror remake The Ring, Rango will indeed be a very interesting conception to watch, coming from a director under taking a new direction.

Early synopsis plots suggest the CGI animated film will follow the chameleon on a journey of self discovery in the western town of dirt. Featuring the voice talents of Isla Fisher, Bill Nighy and Ray Winstone, lending their voices to a whole bunch of lovable characters, Rango looks set to kick off what is lined up to be a strong year for film releases in 2011. Don’t miss it!

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