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Rihanna Animated Film Reveals Footage at Annecy

Rihanna Animated Film Reveals Footage at Annecy

Rihanna is proving to be a powerful force for Paramount Animation‘s upcoming feature The Smurfs Movie.

Director Chris Miller led the film’s presentation at the Annecy Animation Festival on Tuesday, where he was joined on the stage by Paramount and Nickelodeon Animation president Ramsey Naito. The Smurfs Movie is based on the characters and work of artist Peyo and is set to hit theaters Feb. 14, 2025.

Miller (Puss in Boots) debuted work-in-progress footage from the movie’s opening sequence, along with a demo version of the theme music. The filmmaker went on to describe how Peyo’s art laid the groundwork for the film’s vision.

“The DNA in Peyo’s original drawings guide so many creative choices in the film,” Miller said. “It’s the blueprint for the kind of film I want to make. All of the action lines and thought bubbles from the comics are going in the movie, and the comics have inspired the style of animation to be fun and buoyant, with plenty of squash and stretch.”

Rihanna is voicing Smurfette in The Smurfs Movie, alongside an expansive voice cast that also includes Nick Offerman, Natasha Lyonne, Daniel Levy, Amy Sedaris, Nick Kroll, James Corden, Octavia Spencer, Hannah Waddingham, Sandra Oh, Alex Winter, Billie Lourd, Xolo Maridueña, Kurt Russell and John Goodman.

Miller praised Rihanna’s contributions to the project, with the star writing, producing and singing new original songs that will help inform the spirit of the movie. Additionally, he described the movie’s look as naturalistic and lush.

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During Paramount’s presentation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas earlier this year, studio chief Brian Robbins described Rihanna as “the most legendary Smurfette ever.” She was nominated for an Oscar for her song “Lift Me Up” from 2022’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, with that track marking her first new solo music since her 2016 studio album, Anti.

The Smurfs became recognizable pop culture figures with their eponymous 1980s cartoon TV series. Sony released the animated movie The Smurfs in theaters in 2011 with Katy Perry as Smurfette, followed by a 2013 sequel. Smurfs: The Lost Village, a 2017 reboot, featured Demi Lovato voicing Smurfette.

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