New characters and new adventures await as the CG animated series returns with a new set of episodes.
Papa Smurf, Smurfette, Brainy, Clumsy, and the rest of the Smurfs return to Nickelodeon on July 18 with the Season 2 premiere of The Smurfs. Episodes of the CG animation show will air daily on Nick in the U.S., then begin running internationally in September.
Season 2 introduces two new characters: Wild Smurf (voiced by Luke Calzonetti), a mischievous character with a strong connection to animal life, whose temper and strange ways will shake up the Smurfs’ daily routine; and Leaf (voiced by Jade Wheeler), the fairy destined to replace Mother Nature who doesn’t have full command of her powers just yet.
In the new season, the Smurfs will travel through time, swap bodies with each other, and get into magic duels. Once again, they will be constantly pursued by the determined Gargamel and Azrael, and also by ogres Bigmouth and Egghead.
The voice cast includes David Freeman (7 Promises) as Papa Smurf, the father figure keeping the other Smurfs in line; Berangere McNeese (Matriochkas) as Smurfette, a curious Smurf who is always ready to take part in new adventures; Lenny Mark Irons (No Man’s Land) as Gargamel, a conniving human wizard with a bottomless thirst to capture Smurfs; Youssef El Kaoukibi (NRJ Belgium) as Brainy, who considers himself the smartest of the bunch; and Catherine Hershey (Boundary Games) as Willow, the brave and wise matriarch of a new tribe of girl Smurfs.
The Smurfs CG-animated series acquisition is overseen by Layla Lewis, Senior Vice President, Global Acquisitions and Content Partnerships and Dana Cluverius, Senior Vice President, Current Series Animation for Nickelodeon, and Jason Oliveri, Executive in Charge, Current Series Animation for Nickelodeon.
The Smurfs is a Peyo Productions and Dupuis Audiovisuel production, in co-production with KiKA, Ketnet and RTBF, with the participation of TF1 and with the participation of Wallimage (La Wallonie), of Screen Flanders, of BNPPFFF and with the support of the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Government and the participation of the CNC.
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.