A new animated series based on Peyo's iconic comic strip The Smurfs is in development. IMPS, which has held the license to the franchise from Peyo since 1984, is working on a new animated series with Dupius Audiovisuel.
"The Smurfs TV series produced by Hanna-Barbera in the eighties is a highly successful series, still being broadcast on a global scale," said IMPS President Veronique Culliford. "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 Smurf comic books and animation."
Episodes of the new The Smurfs are scheduled to run 13 minutes each.
"Our collaboration with Peyo on Smurfs goes back to the first publication of the Smurf character in the magazine Spirou and the co-production of Hanna-Barbera series," said Dupuis Audiovisuel CEO Leon Perahia. "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."
No release date for The Smurfs has been given.