The little blue guys are swarming theatres nationwide
Bringing the Smurfs to the big screen must have seemed like a fantastic idea to producer Jordan Kerner. Why else would the man behind the new live action/CG film have fought so hard for nearly a decade to get “The Smurfs” made? Kerner’s credits include a bunch of films aimed at the lucrative family market such as “The Mighty Ducks,” “George of the Jungle,” and “Inspector Gadget” (and all of their attendant sequels) and he hopes to create a trilogy of Smurf films if his blue creatures hit big.
And why wouldn’t Kerner be optimistic? The Hanna-Barbera cartoon series ruled the animation world in the 1980s, winning multiple Emmy Awards and even a prestigious Humanitas Prize. The voices on that show included animation legends Don Messick (the voice of Scooby-Doo, Bamm-Bamm Rubble, and Yogi Bear’s sidekick, Boo Boo), June Foray (who voiced both Rocky and Natasha in the fabulous “Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons), Janet Waldo (Judy Jetson, Josie and the Pussycats, and Penelope Pitstop), and an insane number of talented actors from Jonathan Winters and Paul Winchell to Brenda Vaccaro and Ruth Buzzi.
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You've said about this character that it's nice to play a part where you don't have to make people like you. How liberating is it to play an anti-hero?
Ford: It was fun to play this one. They have created a story for him that I thought was really interesting and seems worth doing. It was wonderfully written, and I was just glad, literally, to be part of it. When I first read it, “Cowboys and Aliens” sounded jokey. Tone is not something you can get off the page -- and the trick of this (film was) mastering control of the tone, not letting it become jokey. It depends on an emotional reality that is created by belief in the lives these people are living. The Western frontier is a tough place: People behaved in a way that was not necessarily attractive. I had the opportunity to represent that reality.