Tuesday, April 06, 2021

A Plethora of Smurfy News: 'The Smurfs' Global Rollout Schedule; Episode Info; Netflix Debut

As previously announced, the brand new CG-animated The Smurfs series is is set to premiere on Nickelodeon in the U.S. in October 2021, and is slated to roll-out on Nickelodeon channels and programming blocks shortly after, beginning in the fourth quarter of this year.

The current global roll out for The Smurfs is:

Q4 2021:

Europe: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland (Italian speaking regions), Netherlands, Turkey, Turkmenistan, U.K., Ukraine, Uzbekistan.

Asia and Asia Pacific: Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Fiji, India (1, 2, 3), Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Polynesia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam.

The Americas: Argentina (the series will also air on Telefe), Bolivia, Caribbean Basin, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela.

Middle East and Africa: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bahrain, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Congo Republic, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Additionally, The Smurfs is slated to premiere in French-speaking regions of Switzerland in Q1 2021, on Nickelodeon in France in 04 2022, and on Nickelodeon channels in Austria and German-speaking regions of Switzerland in Q1 2023.

Currently, there are no pencilled in dates for Nickelodeon channels in Ireland (although it shares a feed with Nick UK), Iceland, Germany and Belgium.

In addition to Nickelodeon channels, The Smurfs will also air on ViacomCBS' free-to-air channels and blocks, including Channel 5's Milkshake! block and Argentina's Telefe from Q1 2021.

The new 3D The Smurfs series will also debut on Netflix services worldwide from Q2 2023.

The series will also stream on YouTube worldwide from Q2 2022, including:

• USA: Q2 2023
• UK, Argentina, Greece & Iceland: Q4 2022
• Germany: Q3 2022

Maximum 5 episodes per season at any one time, refresh rights every 30 day.

Episode Information

The Smurfs is set to premiere on Ouf Tivi in French-speaking Belgium on Sunday 18th April 2021, which has given us information about the first two episodes of the series!

A new nose for the Strong Smurf AKA Who Nose!

Convinced that Smurfette is not interested in him because he has too big a nose, Hefty Smurf asks Papa Smurf to do something. Papa Smurf refuses, telling him that his nose is perfect, but Hefty Smurf is ready to do anything to change it. Since nothing he tries works, he decides to resort to a spell that accidentally turns him into a gigantic nose that sucks everything in its path!

Robot-Nanny AKA Diaper Daddy

Since everyone is tired of changing Baby Smurf's diapers, Handy Smurf decides to invent a robot (Robot Nanny) to do it for them. Initially, Robot Nanny takes care of Baby Smurf even better than expected. He reads to it, plays with it and, of course, changes it. Unfortunately, he goes haywire, believes that Baby Smurf is in danger and runs away with him into the forest. The Smurfs must find a way to save Baby Smurf while avoiding he fireballs sent by Robot Nanny!

Based on the iconic property and in partnership with LAFIG Belgium and IMPS, The Smurfs (52 11-minute episodes across two seasons) is a brand-new original CG-animated TV series following Papa Smurf, Smurfette, Brainy, Hefty, Clumsy and others, on all-new adventures, packed with humor, heart and high-stakes action. The series is set to premiere on Nickelodeon in the U.S. in October 2021, and is slated to roll-out on Nickelodeon channels and programming blocks shortly after.

The Smurfs is produced by Belgium's Peyo Productions and France's Dupuis Edition & Audiovisuel. It is being directed by William Renaud (CalimeroCasper’s Scare SchoolA Kind of Magic) and written by Peter Saisselin (Sonic BoomALVINNN!!! And the Chipmunks) and Amy Serafin (Sonic BoomAlvin!!! And the Chipmunks).

In addition to the content partnership, ViacomCBS Consumer Products (VCP) will manage consumer products licensing for The Smurfs property across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Singapore and Malaysia. VCP will seek new merchandising and promotional partners in select categories and territories for The Smurfs classic brand, in addition to a new product line for the new animated series The Smurfs, spanning categories including toys, stationery, apparel and accessories, home, consumer packaged goods and more, to launch at retail in 2022.

MIPTV is the annual spring market for the international television industry, now in its 58th year.  Digital MIPTV 2021 will take place exclusively online from 12-16 April, bringing together global distributors, producers, buyers and commissioners of drama, doc, kids, factual and formats programming for a curated week of personalised business meetings, exclusive market intelligence, conference sessions and global networking. MIPTV is traditionally the biggest global week in unscripted television and this year features MIPDoc and MIPFormats within the main market. MIPTV is organized by Reed Exhibitions. For more information, visit www.miptv.com.

Created in 1958 by Belgian cartoonist Peyo, pen name of Pierre Culliford (1928-1992), the Smurfs (French: Les Schtroumpfs) evolved from secondary comic characters in Peyo's Johan and Peewit (French: Johan et Pirlouit) comic series and spinning off into their own series the following year, in which they became the small centerpieces of the massive franchise that skyrocketed to global fame with the 1981 launch of The Smurfs (Smurfs' Adventures) Saturday morning cartoon series, which, produced by Hanna-Barbera aired new episodes on NBC until 1989, running for more than 250 episodes and several specials over nine seasons. It would eventually manifest in live-action CG-animation hybrid splendor on the big screen. The 2011 feature film of the same name and its 2013 sequel, The Smurfs 2 were produced by Sony Pictures Animation and released by Columbia Pictures. Hank Azaria and Neil Patrick Harris starred in live-action roles, with voiceovers by Anton Yelchin, Jonathan Winters, Katy Perry (famously providing the voice of Smurfette), Jayma Mays, and George Lopez. A fully CG-animated standalone movie, The Smurfs: Lost Village was released in April 2017, featuring the voices of Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Ellie Kemper, Julia Roberts and Mandy Patinkin. The Smurfs have also featured in two shorts.

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H/T: Special thanks to AKA Royal Smurf for the news!

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