More than 50 years after the iconic blue images of the Smurfs were introduced into American pop culture, the classic characters are being reintroduced with a feature film set to be released by Sony Pictures on July 29, 2011. The film combines a childhood classic remembered fondly by many with a plethora of current favorites, ranging from Neil Patrick Harris and Glee’s Jayma Mays to pop star Katy Perry. As the odd-yet-intriguing combination brings the Smurfs back into the spotlight, the characters will also become Macy’s 2010 Holiday Ambassadors.
The Smurfs will adorn Macy’s throughout the holiday season, from windows and countertops to a giant balloon and an exclusive plush collection. The talking plush collection will be dressed in holiday gear. It will be available in mid-October and retail for $14.95. Marketing support will also include half a million custom designed shopping bags to be distributed at the flagship location at Herald Square in New York City. In addition to a 47-foot helium balloon Smurf and Smurf float that will return to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a cold-air inflatable Smurf will adorn the marquee at the entrance to Macy’s Herald Square.
Past characters to be featured in the Macy’s Holiday Ambassador tradition include Babar the elephant, Kermit the Frog, Scooby Doo, Snoopy, Shrek, and Mickey Mouse.