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In Smurfs: The Lost Village (in theaters now), best friends Smurfette (Demi Lovato), Brainy (Danny Pudi), Clumsy (Jack McBrayer) and Hefty (Joe Manganiello) use a special map that guides them through the Forbidden Forest- an enchanted wonderland that’s filled with magical creatures. Their adventure leads them on a course to discover the biggest secret in Smurf history as they race against time and the evil wizard Gargamel (Rainn Wilson) to find a mysterious village.

Smurfs: The Lost Village satisfies all the fans of the Smurfs.  It takes from both the comics and the classic cartoon but, how does this all come together in the production of the movie? We had a chance to talk to one of Sony pictures Visual Development Artist,  Aurora Jimenez about working on the film. During the interview, Jimenez talked about growing up as a fan of the Smurfs comics and using that as inspiration and reference. Plus, she has worked on many animated films for Sony Pictures such as Hotel Transylvania 2.  In fact, she is now working on the third Hotel Transylvania animated film.

You can listen to the interview below!

Bio from Aurora Jimenez’s website:

Aurora Jimenez is Aurora Jimenez , Character Designer & Art Director.

Her credits include visual development for CG animation feature films, like “Get Smurfy”, and ” Hotel Transylvania 2″ at Sony Pictures Animation, and “The Tale of Despereaux” at Universal Pictures. She was production designer on the animation feature “El Guerrero sin Nombre” produced by Tornasol Films in Spain, and art director on 3D Animation series like “Felix & The Flying Machine” for Disney Channel. Aurora also collaborates doing visual development in independent projects, like the 3D animation short film La Noria, directed by Carlos Baena (in development).

She was a character designer for Games in projects at Electronic Arts: “The Sims Medieval”, “The Sims Medieval, Pirates & Nobles”, and “The Sims 4”.

Aurora earned a Bachelor in Fine Arts at the Complutense University in Madrid, Spain, and a Master Degree in Art Direction for Film & TV at ECAM / Madrid Film School. She has been working in the Motion Pictures & Film and the Games Industry for 15 years.

Originally from Spain, her circus life took her to London, Toronto, San Francisco & Los Angeles, where she lives now.

Currently, she is visual development artist at Sony Pictures Animation.