The origins of 'The Smurf's' blue-blonde bombshell, Smurfette, are pretty bizarre. In the 1981 Hanna-Barbera cartoon that most of us are familiar with (the characters actually first appeared in a late '50's Belgian comic series) the little lady was created by The Smurf's archenemy, the wicked sorcerer Gargamel. He used magic to form her out of blue clay, sugar and spice but nothing nice, crocodile tears, half a pack of lies, a chatter of a magpie, and the hardest stone for her heart. Smurfette's stint as a saboteur against the group of blue men didn't last very long, however. Papa Smurf took pity on her and reversed Gargamel's spell, turning her into a "real" smurf. Her appearance changed dramatically, and she became a total Smurf-babe -- the object of the entire village's affection.
Katy Perry will be voicing the character of Smurfette, alongside a cast that includes Jonathan Winters, Paul Reubens, Hank Azaria and Neil Patrick Harris. Sorry guys, this new image of Perry's character isn't nearly as busty as the singer is -- but that deer in the headlights look is pretty spot on. She's accompanied by Brainy Smurf -- voiced by Fred Armisen of Saturday Night Live fame. In the cartoon, Brainy was an uber nerd and total pain in the ass -- which I'm sure Armisen will play up nicely. Grumpy and Papa Smurf make another appearance here as well.

The image (pictured in full below) appeared during a Toys for Tots auction at toy giant FAO Schwarz. The film follows the adventures of the tiny blue creatures after they are magically transported to New York City by the evil Gargamel. You can relive the '80s in theaters on August 3, 2011.


[via Coming Soon]