I might be biased, but the ’80s really had to be the best decade for cartoons. How can you beat My Little Pony, He-Man, the Care Bears or, best of all, the Smurfs? Execs at Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation must agree, because they’re bringing our little blue friends to the big screen in a live action/animated version (a similar treatment as Alvin and the Chipmunks). Though the details are still being worked out, I’ve got a few casting suggestions for who should voice some choice Smurf Village inhabitants:

Papa Smurf = Alec Baldwin. As I re-watched some old Smurfs clips on YouTube, I couldn’t help but notice that the Smurf patriarch has a voice that strikes both wise and whimsical notes. Does that remind anyone else of 30 Rock‘s “wise” but whimsical boss Jack Donaghy? Or is it just me?

Smurfette = This one’s obvious, but the flirty she-Smurf would be best served in the capable hands of Jennifer Tilly — a toned down Jennifer Tilly. This is a kids movie.

Gargamel = I’m assuming this character will be played by a real person, so the proper voice and a passing physical likeness are in order. Ricky Gervais is my choice. They have a similar look (which could be punched up with the right makeup) and he would be able to reproduce Gargamel’s garbled accent.

What do you think PopWatchers? Do you have any casting suggestions for your favorite Smurf?

addCredit(“Alec Baldwin: Barbara Nitke; Everett Collection”)