East Village Braces for Smurf Attack

E.V. Grieve alerts us to this one: Signs are now posted on 7th Street and Avenue A warning residents that their cars will be towed if they're not moved by 10 p.m. Wednesday evening, because come Thursday morning, a Smurfy good time will ensue!

Yes. That Smurf movie was not a weird dream/hallucinogenic nightmare we had when we ate "too much Indian food." There really is an upcoming live-action/CGI mess of a thing with a release date of August 3, 2011, and the requisite voiceover talent from George Lopez, Alan Cumming, and Fred Armisen. (Is this why Cumming really dropped out of the Spider-Man musical? For the Smurfs?) Hank Azaria plays Gargamel, and Katy Perry, of course, is Smurfette.

According to the movie's press release:

When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world and into ours -- in fact, smack dab in the middle of Central Park.

Which, intriguingly, is nowhere near the East Village. But closer than Canada.

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Consider this is your official alert. If you see tiny blue people/things running around on Thursday, it's not the LSD... but we might prefer that it was.

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