Here Comes Sophie (Lost 1979 Animated Movie)
|American poster (very possibly fake).|
The movie seemed to have been released in Belgium, France, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. It has not resurfaced in any way since, and sources confirming its existence are arguable. The only visual evidence left are three English-language posters, one for an American release, one for a British release and the third claiming a release by Disney. However, it is possible that at least one of those posters is false/fan-created.
The titular Sophie Karamazout is a pigtailed mischievous little girl who is the daughter of a genius scientist. She gets into miscellaneous adventures, along with her friends. She is also assisted by a hovering egg-shaped vehicle and a sentient robot car called Zoé.
One of her friends is Starter, a car mechanic who was originally the protagonist of his own comic until side-character Sophie became more popular and thus got her own spin-off comic. Some of Starter's own stories got repackaged in this series, with modified pages to give Sophie more participation.
Sophie also seems to live in the same universe as the Smurfs - who were published in the same Spirou magazine and its characters often had cameos/crossovers- since a short story has her confront Gargamel's descendant who also plans on catching Smurfs.
Cast and production
- René Goscinny and Lee Payant are credited as the directors on the Disney poster, while José Dutillieu is credited as such on the British poster. Goscinny directing is unlikely, considering he died in 1977.
- Ray Goossens is credited as the producer on the British poster, while Raymond Leblanc is credited as such on the Disney poster.
- All posters credit Gérard Calvi for the musical score. The American poster credits the lyrics to Michel Legrand.
- Jidéhem is credited as the writer on the American poster, while Pierre Tchernia is credited as such on the Disney poster.
- Sophie was originally voiced by Eva Ionesco: she is voiced by Molly Ringwald in the American version, Elizabeth Hurley in the British version (both actresses were very young at the time and barely began their film career) and Allison Balson is credited on the Disney poster.
- The Disney poster also mentions the voice talents of Daws Butler, Hal Smith, Mark Baker and Sandy Duncan.
- This Disney poster also specifies that the English version was written by Wolfgang Reitherman and Walter Lantz.
- The Disney poster credits Richard Williams Studio for the animation, which is an oddity since Belvision cartoons usually handled their animation locally. However, around that time period (and well into the 1980s), the Richard Williams Studio did do some French-based animation such as a few food ads.
The movie is not mentioned in any of those people's fimography, which makes its existence doubtful.
About the movie
It is unknown why the film seems to have completely fallen into obscurity, not warranting a mention on any of the creators/actors's filmography (especially considering that Elizabeth Hurley didn't even have a screen appearance at the time).
Apart from it, there are not even screen caps of the movie to be found. The found posters only use art drawn in the original comic book style.
It is thus possible that Here Comes Sophie would use such an aesthetic. Although, if Sophie is animated, it is unknown which of the other characters and the environment, sets or proprs would be live-action or animated as well.
A few sources state that the movie has been put on DVD either by Citel Vidéo or Studio Canal, but it is now impossible to find.
Even then, the Sophie comic still remains quite obscure, and is a cult classic at best among old French-Belgian comic fans. It still got modern reprints, however, and an animated series adaptation could be in the works for a 2016 release. If this series comes into fruition, it is possible the 1979 movie would get a rerelease.