Kelly Asbury is finishing up “Smurfs: The Lost Village,” in which a map leads Smurfette and company on a race to find a mysterious village before Gargamel, an evil wizard, does. AFP/Javier Tovar
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Kelly Asbury was 24 when he sought work as an animator with Hanna-Barbera Productions on the TV series "The Smurfs".Now, over 30 years later, Asbury is directing a new animated movie that reboots the franchise based on the popular little blue humanoids.When Asbury took on the project, he had never worked with Sony and knew little about the Smurfs, who Belgian comic artist Peyo created in 1958, becoming an animated TV series in the 1980s.This is Sony's third movie in the franchise, and at first it was to be a continuation of the first two live-action flicks from 2011 and 2013, but 100-percent animated.As for the cast, Julia Roberts does the voice of SmurfWillow, along with Demi Lovato (Smurfette), Rainn Wilson (Gargamel), Joe Manganiello (Hefty Smurf), Jack McBrayer (Clumsy Smurf), Danny Pudi (Brainy Smurf) and Mandy Patinkin (Papa Smurf).
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