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Updated: September 3, 2013 6:02AM

The Smurfs were born in Belgium, but their movies have roots in a basement in suburban Chicago.

Director Raja Gosnell, who made “The Smurfs” (2011) and its new sequel, got an early break working for megaproducer John Hughes on the 1990 smash “Home Alone.”

“I remember filming at New Trier [West] High School in [Northfield]. The school was closed and John used it as a movie studio. Us editors were in the basement cutting away.”

Now Gosnell animates little creatures with skin of Cubbie blue and prays, “May the Smurf love shine down on the Chicago Cubs this season.”

Cindy Pearlman,

Big Picture News Inc.

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