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Smurf, Smurfette, and Clumsy Smurf, from Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation’s The Smurfs, were honored today with a Handprint Ceremony at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, cementing their Hollywood legacy. The Smurfs join Hollywood’s legends after celebrating more than 50 years of entertaining fans of the franchise.
“The Smurfs have been an important part of pop culture for the last 50 years. It seems only appropriate that their legacy be acknowledged by the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre,” said Bob Osher, President, Sony Pictures Digital Productions.
The film is directed by Raja Gosnell (Scooby Doo) and stars Neil Patrick Harris (TV’s “How I Met Your Mother”), Jayma Mays (TV’s “Glee”), Sofia Vergara (TV’s “Modern Family”), and Hank Azaria (TV’s “The Simpsons”) as Gargamel. It also features the voices of singing sensation Katy Perry as Smurfette, George Lopez (Rio) as Grouchy, and Jonathan Winters (The Flintstones) as the original Papa Smurf.
The Smurfs were first introduced to the world in 1958 as comic book characters called “The Schtroumpfs,” created by Belgian artist Pierre “Peyo” Culliford. An immediate sensation – they generated a wave of letters to the editor demanding more – and over the next fifty years, they became nothing short of a phenomenon.
They were brought to life in comics, books, television series, films, videogames, live shows, and figurines (more than 300 million sold). The characters’ cross-generational appeal has only grown as children who grew up on the Smurfs are now parents themselves, introducing their children to the Smurfs for the first time.
About the Chinese Theatres
Since 1927, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre has been the home of the most important, star-powered, red carpet, movie premieres and special events, where Hollywood’s biggest and brightest talents have come to watch their movies. The most famous movie theatre on the globe is world-renowned for its unique forecourt of the stars, featuring cement hand and footprints of major movie stars, from Marilyn Monroe to Brad Pitt, and numerous stars from all eras of Hollywood.
In addition to being a major international tourist destination, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, and its six adjacent cinemas, the Chinese 6, are everyday working movie theatres, hosting millions of moviegoers year round.
Grauman’s Chinese Theatre was declared a historic-cultural landmark in 1968, and there has always been a restoration program in process to maintain the theatre’s beauty.
With its current, on-going facelift and new added amenities and event spaces guided by a new and vigorous ownership team, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and its famed “hands in cement” forecourt will continue to be the preferred location for tourist visits and the entertainment industry’s most prestigious red carpet premieres.
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