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sign of the apocalypse No. 9,325,745: oh dear god no, Smurfs are coming

Someone make it stop:

Smurfs head for big-screen at Columbia Pictures

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Smurfs, those blue-skinned cartoon gnomes with short tails and white hats, are celebrating their 50th anniversary with a Hollywood movie deal announced on Tuesday by Columbia Pictures.

The Sony Corp.-owned studio said it has acquired motion picture rights to the Belgian-born characters from Lafig Belgium S.A. for a big-screen Smurfs adaptation mixing computer-graphic imagery and live action.

A similar “hybrid” treatment was recently given to another popular cartoon ensemble in the highly successful “Alvin and the Chipmunks” movie from 20th Century Fox, a unit of News Corp.

Like Alvin and his rodent companions, the Smurfs will be created by CGI technology and interact with real actors portraying humans.

I’m fighting an urge to crawl under my blankets and hibernate till this one passes us by.

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