Build-A-Bear Workshop Teams Up with the Smurfs

SmurfetteCGIBuild-A-Bear Workshop will introduce its second collection of Smurf characters in honor of Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation’s The Smurfs 2, in theaters July 31. Find the newest friends from the film, Vexy and Hackus, joining Smurfette on their latest adventure at Build-A-Bear Workshop and online at buildabear.com.

To celebrate the Smurfs’ arrival, Build-A-Bear Workshop is holding an #IlovemySmurf Instagram contest. Guests are invited to take a picture of their Smurfs plush from Build-A-Bear Workshop and share it on Instagram using the hashtag #IlovemySmurf in their Instagram photo. Images will be judged on a set of criteria and the five best photos will win. Winners will receive a $50 Bear Buck$ gift card. The contest runs from July 12- July 21.

Make-your-own Smurfette, Vexy, and Hackus can be outfitted in a variety of Smurfs clothing and accessories, including Smurfette dress, Smurfette and Vexy pajamas, Smurf BFF slippers, Vexy skirt outfit, Smurf hoodie, and Smurfs theme song (La La Song).

COMMENTARY: Spanning Generations: Modern Takes on Classic Brands

Nostalgia is a growing trend in the toy and licensing industry, but recently many classic brands have been given a modern reboot. The modernized take on classic brands offer fun for consumers both young and old, spanning generations and providing licensees with multiple new opportunities. Today, some modernized takes on old favorites live along side their predecessors.

PlaymatesToys.BasicMutagenOozeTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT), for example, launched in the 1980s. A huge, revolutionary boys’ property, the brand was given a reboot last year when a new TMNT animated series launched in September on Nickelodeon. The brand has seen massive success in the toy industry, with partners including Playmates Toys with a full line of figures and play sets, bubbles and water toys from Little Kids, and awesome electronics from Sakar International, including adorable TMNT earbuds. In addition to producing toys based on the new animated series, Playmates Toys also offers a classic collection including all four turtles, which reflects the look of the characters in the original series. [Read more...]

Global Smurfs Day Events to Be Held Worldwide June 22

SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT GLOBAL SMURFS DAYColumbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation will once again coordinate events all over the world on June 22 as part of Global Smurfs Day, a worldwide event in anticipation of the release of The Smurfs 2, in theaters July 31. Global Smurfs Day celebrates the birthday of Peyo, the creator of the Smurfs, born June 25, 1928.

This will be the second celebration of Global Smurfs Day. In 2011, the round-the-world events included painting one of the famous White Towns of Andalusia blue and setting a new record for Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Smurfs within a 24-hour period. This year, the studio has lined up a program of events, highlighted by a worldwide Smurf Ambassadors initiative, in which more than 40 ambassadors from 28 countries will represent Smurfs fans from around the world with a special day of events celebrating Peyo’s creation. [Read more...]

The Smurfs Celebrate “America the Bluetiful” to Help Preserve the Environment

SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA THE BLUETIFULIn anticipation of the worldwide release of Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Animation’s The Smurfs 2 on July 31, and in honor of the Smurfs’ message of harmony with the environment, the studio is orchestrating a nationwide series of environmental efforts celebrating “America the Bluetiful,” in which kids and their parents can meet the Smurfs as they clean up their local parks, encourage recycling, plant trees, and discover other ways they can help “bluetify” the U.S.

Highlights of the initiatives include:

  • Boston: the Smurfs will join in cleaning up Canal Park at CambridgeSide Galleria and planting blue flowers
  • Minneapolis: the Smurfs were a part of the Grand Old Day celebration, where Twin Cities residents were encouraged to recycle
  • Chicago: the Smurfs were at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, where staff was on hand with ecology activities and community ecology information
  • Philadelphia: kids and Smurfs will clean up a recreation center and bluetify a city garden
  • Atlanta: kids have taken a pledge at Georgia Aquarium to bluetify the country
  • St. Louis: the Smurfs will help pick up trash in Kiener Plaza
  • San Francisco: the Smurfs will work with San Francisco Recreation and Parks to plant, mulch, and clean up Strawberry Hill in Golden Gate Park
  • San Diego: the Surfs and kids will participate in a beach cleanup day

As the Smurfs check in to each city, audiences can participate online at AmericaTheBluetiful.com, where they can vote on their favorite landmarks to “bluetify”—literally turning them blue online.

Britney Spears to Release New Song for New Smurfs Movie

smurfs2Britney Spears will release a song for Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Animation‘s family comedy The Smurfs 2, titled “Ooh La La,” via Kemosabe/RCA Records. “Ooh La La” will play at the end credits of the film. The Smurfs 2, the sequel to the hybrid live action/animated film released in 2011, is set to hit theaters on July 31.

Spears says, “I have always loved the Smurfs as a kid and now my boys are the biggest Smurfs fans ever. I wanted to surprise them with a song in the movie. I know they’ll think it’s Smurftastic!”

Hotel Transylvania Comes Alive on Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS

This September, GameMill Entertainment will release Hotel Transylvania, an action-adventure video game based on Sony Pictures Animation’s upcoming animated comedy Hotel Transylvania, for the Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS handheld systems.

Hotel Transylvania is Dracula’s five-stake resort where monsters and their families are free to be themselves without humans bothering them. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem, until one ordinary guy stumbles onto the hotel and takes a shine to his daughter Mavis. Featuring a wide variety of locations, puzzles, and boss battles, the game provides film viewers with a way to interact with the movie characters.

Developed by Way Forward, Hotel Transylvania is rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and up.

This post was originally written by Ali Mierzejewski and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

Sony Pictures Animation to Bring Tonka Trucks To Big Screen

Tonka, the Hasbro brand that for 65 years has been best known for its line of toy trucks for children, will soon grace the big screen in a fully-animated motion picture to be produced by Sony Pictures Animation, Hasbro, and Happy Madison Productions.

The film will also be produced and developed by Goldner and Hasbro’s senior vice president and managing director of motion pictures, Bennett Schneir, and will be written by Fred Wolf.

The new Tonka project is in addition to several others in the works between Sony Pictures and Hasbro. Sony Pictures is developing motion pictures based on Hasbro’s Risk and Candy Land brands. Candy Land is also a Happy Madison project.

Tonka has been the bestselling toy truck globally since 1947.

This post was originally written by Loren Moreno and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.