IMPS and Dupuis Audiovisuel have teamed up to produce a brand-new Smurfs television series following the adventures of the iconic blue characters created by Pierre “Peyo” Culliford.
The show, which is expected to have 13-minute episodes, is currently in pre-development. Véronique Culliford, the president of IMPS, said: “The Smurfs TV series produced by Hanna-Barbera in the ’80s is highly successful, still being broadcast on a global scale. But creating a new series, giving the Smurfs an updated look, was just a logical next step for the property after three Hollywood movies. We are very happy to embark on this exciting journey with the Dupuis group, one of our historical partners on Smurfs comic books and animation.”
Léon Perahia, the CEO of Dupuis Audiovisuel, added: “Our collaboration with Peyo on Smurfs goes back to the first publication of the Smurf character in the magazine Spirou and the co-produciton of the Hanna-Barbera series. We’re delighted to be able to use our experience in bringing comic-book characters to life in service of this marvelous and enchanting universe.”