The Smurfs Relocate to July 29th

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Sony Pictures has confirmed to ComingSoon.net that their upcoming CGI/live-action blend The Smurfs will now open on July 29th, five days earlier than was originally announced.

The family adventure was originally set to be released on a Wednesday, August 3rd, giving it a two-day head start before the R-rated comedy The Change-Up and the sci-fi films The Darkest Hour and Rise of the Apes hit on August 5th. Now, The Smurfs will go head-to-head with Cowboys & Aliens and Crazy Stupid Love.

The Raja Gosnell-directed film stars Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Sofia Vergara, Hank Azaria, Anton Yelchin, Jonathan Winters, Katy Perry, Alan Cumming, Fred Armisen, George Lopez, Paul Reubens, John Oliver, Kenan Thompson, B.J. Novak, Jeff Foxworthy, Wolfgang Puck, Gary Basaraba and Tim Gunn.

In the 3D adaptation, evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village and they tumble from their magical world into ours – in fact, smack dab in the middle of Central Park. Just three apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down.